Gillan, known as ‘The Scottish Hammer,’ told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero he tested positive earlier this month, and again this week.
“I thought I was just tired (after July 4 weekend),” Gillan said according to Pelissero. “I went and punted and kicked. I had two days of symptoms where I was achy and had a fever. The third day I had no fever or symptoms. I found out July 9 had it.
“I did approximately two weeks of quarantine from the 9th and then went back to living normally. I tested positive for antibodies (Tuesday). Then yesterday, somehow, I tested positive. I feel great as it’s been almost a month since I initially tested positive. Remember, we’re all in this together. Wear a mask.”
Gillan is the third player placed on the special designation since Sunday joining running back Dontrell Hilliard and rookie safety Jovante Moffatt.
Offensive linemen Drew Forbes and Drake Dorbeck opted out of the season Wednesday. Forbes was expected to compete for the starting right guard job.
The new reserve/COVID-19 list was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons.
If a player falls into either of these categories, their club is required to immediately place the player on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Teams are not permitted to comment on player’s medical status other than referring to roster status under terms agreed upon between the NFL and NFLPA meaning teams may not disclose whether player is in quarantine or tested positive for COVID-19 which is why head coach Kevin Stefanski wouldn’t say when he expects Gillan to be cleared.
“It is something obviously I do have a feel for,” Stefanski said. “We really can’t comment on individuals in this regard. The only thing we will do is follow every protocol to a T.”
Gillan set a Browns single-season net punting record with a 41.6 average and finished tied for fifth in club history with 28 punts inside the 20 as a rookie in 2019.
Veterans reported for training camp Tuesday.
Upon reporting they must take and test negative for three tests in the first four days before being permitted into the team facility.