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Cleveland Browns shut down practice facility after another player tests positive for COVID-19

Multiple players on the team have already contracted the virus.

BEREA, Ohio — The Browns have once again closed their practice facility after another one of their players tested positive for COVID-19.

The organization says it was informed of the positive result early Wednesday morning, and that all meetings will take place remotely for the time being in accordance with NFL protocols. There are currently no indications as to who the player might be.

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"The team will continue to consult with the league and medical experts on the appropriate next steps as the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and the entire community remains our highest priority," the Browns said in a statement.

Four players are currently on the Browns' reserve/COVID-19 list, with three--defensive end Myles Garrett, offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, and fullback Andy Janovich--presumed to have tested positive for the coronavirus. Defensive end Joe Jackson is also on the list, but his exact health status is unknown as the club did not announce another positive test when he was placed on it Tuesday.

Officials are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any potential "high-risk" close contacts. The Browns, along with the rest of the league, are already in "intensive" COVID-19 protocols meant to limit direct contact between teammates and coaches as much as possible.

Cleveland is scheduled to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday in Florida. Garrett, a candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the year, has already been ruled out for that game due to health concerns, while the Jags will be without defensive coordinator Todd Wash and two other assistant coaches due to similar issues.


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