Odell Beckham Jr. questionable for Steelers game, Browns' COVID-19 tests come back negative

Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. flexes during an Oct. 14, 2020 practice. Photo credit Matt Starkey-Cleveland Browns

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns practiced Friday after the most recent batch of COVID-19 tests came back negative, including for receiver Odell Beckham Jr. a league source confirmed to 92.3 The Fan.

Beckham was sent home Thursday out of an abundance of caution and in compliance with the NFL and NFLPA COVID-19 protocols with an illness.

He is questionable for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.

“He’s still out of the building,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “With another negative test tomorrow he’s back in the building and we’ll work through all the travel protocols. We’re going to think through all options.”

A player who is exhibiting symptoms must have two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. Beckham's first negative test was Friday.

“He’s doing better,” Stefanski said.

If Beckham is cleared Saturday, Stefanski believes he'll be able and ready to face the Steelers at Heinz Field.

“He was out here Wednesday, got some good work in,” Stefanski said. “He’s been in meetings virtually. If all goes according to plan for [Saturday], you spend even more time, more walk-through time so I think there’s enough time to catch him up barring his health.”

Friday morning the Indianapolis Colts, who lost to the Browns 32-20 last Sunday, announced they were closing their building after “several individuals within the organization” tested positive but the team announced a few hours later that they were retested and came up as false positives allowing them to reopen their facility under the league's intensive protocols.

Friday afternoon the Patriots cancelled their practice following another positive test.

“That’s 2020,” Stefanski said. “We’re prepared. We’re just looking to find a way and whatever comes our way we’ll be ready to deal with it.”