The Cleveland Browns had some troubling news to report on Thursday afternoon, as they sent star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. home because of an illness. Fans were worried he may have tested positive for COVID-19, but thankfully that isn’t the case.
On Thursday, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said the team sent Beckham home out of an abundance of caution. Nonetheless, the star wideout did undergo a COVID-19 test before leaving the facility.
According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, every member of the Browns , including Beckham, has tested negative for the virus.
Since everyone on Cleveland’s roster is in the clear right now, the facility is open for practice this Friday. That’s great news for the team as it prepares for an AFC North showdown with Pittsburgh.
All #Browns players and staff — including Odell Beckham Jr. — tested negative for COVID-19 from Thursday's round of testing, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 16, 2020
Cleveland has done an excellent job following the protocols laid out by the NFL. Stefanski has made it a point of emphasis for his players to be as careful as possible this season.
“How the protocols are, you have to be careful,” Stefanski told reporters. “I don’t want to assume anything. With all our guys, we’ll make sure we follow the protocols and just be safe.”
As for this weekend’s game, the Browns could make a huge statement to the rest of the league with a road win over the Steelers – something they haven’t done in 17 years.