Kevin Stefanski: No positive COVID-19 tests for Browns so far

By 92.3 The Fan
CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns have yet to have a player or staff member test positive for COVID-19 according to head coach Kevin Stefanski.

“Not that I know of in terms of anybody testing positive,” Stefanski said Thursday morning on a Zoom video conference call with reporters.

Multiple teams have had a player or players test positive in recent weeks and states across the country are seeing significant spikes in positive tests.

The NFLPA directed its members last weekend to cease group workouts as a precaution.

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has received criticism this week for not adhering to the NFLPA suggestion and working out with nearly a dozen teammates in Florida, which has become a hot spot for outbreaks.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has already voluntarily worked out with some teammates this offseason and more workouts are planned before camp begins according to running back Kareem Hunt, who said this week he plans to attend.

“I’ll talk to those guys,” Stefanski said. “It’s their offseason, we can’t really direct them to do anything football-wise in this break. I’ll talk to them and just reiterate that I want those guys to stay safe.”

The Browns are wrapping up their virtual offseason program this week.

Veterans are already done, and rookies are going through exit interviews now, but Stefanski’s message remains the same today as it was in April.

“I’ve told them the No. 1 priority is their safety and their family,” Stefanski said. “[I] Have reminded them ad nauseam to wash their hands and social distance and really heed the advice of these experts. So I’ll just continue to make sure these guys are knowing that they’re being encouraged to stay safe.”