Baker Mayfield, Kevin Stefanski (COVID) sent to health and safety protocols; status for Raiders game in jeopardy


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The Cleveland Browns suffered more losses in their most recent round of testing for COVID-19.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski and quarterback Baker Mayfield both tested positive for the coronavirus in the Browns’ latest testing period, jeopardizing the two’s statuses for Saturday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Cleveland.

Both the coach and quarterback – who are vaccinated, with Stefanski claiming on Tuesday he recently received a booster shot – could return by Saturday’s game if the two each produce two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

According to NFL rules, vaccinated individuals who are asymptomatic may return to the facility once they have received two consecutive negative laboratory PCR tests taken at least 24 hours apart. Vaccinated individuals who are symptomatic must also return two negative tests taken at least 24 hours apart and must be asymptomatic for 48 hours. If vaccinated individuals don’t return two consecutive negative tests, they may return after 10 days.

Along with Mayfield and Stefanski, Browns safety John Johnson III and cornerback Troy Hill were also sent to the COVID protocols after testing positive (Hill was already likely to miss Saturday’s game with a knee injury).

Cleveland has been dealing with a plethora of fresh positives in the last half-week, including eight players that were sent to the health and safety protocols on Tuesday. That core included Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper, Wyatt Teller, and Jedrick Wills, among others.

The Browns (7-6) are set to host the 6-7 Las Vegas Raiders this Saturday on a 4:25 p.m. kickoff.