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Cleveland Browns reopen facility after player tests positive for COVID-19

The Cleveland Browns have reopened their facility after a player tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from Nov. 16, 2020

One day after shutting down their team facility after a player tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Cleveland Browns have reopened their building, according to Andrew Gribble of the Cleveland Browns.

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No close contacts were identified via contact tracing after the player tested positive on Monday morning.

On Monday afternoon, the Browns placed fullback Andy Janovich on the COVID-19 reserve list, which is reserved for players who have tested positive for or been exposed to the coronavirus. Janovich played 26 snaps (15 offensive, 11 special teams) during Cleveland's 10-7 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

The Browns' shutdown marked their second in four days after the team also closed their facility on Friday following a positive test. The team later placed offensive lineman Chris Hubbard on its COVID-19 reserve list.

While Hubbard remained sidelined for Cleveland's win over Houston on Sunday, no other player was played on the COVID-19 reserve list as a result of contact tracing. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said his team was prepared to once again deal with the unique circumstances of playing football amid a pandemic.

"That is the world we live in right now, and we are ready to do whatever is necessary to keep everybody safe, first and foremost -- keep our coaches, players and staff safe," Stefanski said. "That is really where our mentality is. While doing that, we still have to prepare and get ready to play.”

Laying claim to a 6-3 record, the Browns will host the 3-5-1 Philadelphia Eagles at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday.


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