But should Beckham pass an additional coronavirus test, the 3-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will be eligible to rejoin the Browns for their trip to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed during a Zoom call with reporters on Friday.
"With another negative test tomorrow, he's back in the building," Stefanski said. "And then we'll work through all the travel protocols. We're going to work through all options."
While Beckham's illness and the NFL's COVID-19 protocols resulted in him missing practice on both Thursday and Friday, Stefanski said that he believes his star wide receiver could still take the field when the Browns face the Steelers on Sunday. After practicing on Wednesday, the LSU product continued to take part in virtual meetings after being sent home and most importantly, appears to be progressing from the unspecified illness that led to his absence.
"He's doing better, yes," Stefanski answered when asked if he believed Beckham would be able to play against Pittsburgh if cleared.
Beckham's potential return would provide a boost to a Browns roster that's hampered by injuries heading into its toughest matchup since beginning a four-game winning streak in Week 2. Due to a ribs injury, quarterback Baker Mayfield has been limited in practice throughout the week, as has wide receiver Jarvis Landry (hip/ribs), with starters Karl Joseph, Ronnie Harrison and Wyatt Teller having already been ruled out for Sunday.
Officially, Mayfield, Landry and Beckham are listed as questionable for Sunday.