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Baker Mayfield, Kevin Stefanski among growing list of Browns positive for COVID-19

The Cleveland Browns' COVID-19 issues have reached the quarterback position.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday that quarterback Baker Mayfield tested positive for COVID-19, per a source informed of the situation.

The team later confirmed Mayfield, as well as cornerback Troy Hill, safety John Johnson III, defensive tackle Malik McDowell, defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo and safety Nathan Meadors were placed on reserve/COVID-19 lists Wednesday.

As a vaccinated player, Mayfield would need two negative tests to be cleared for Saturday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders. If Mayfield is ruled out, backup Case Keenum would be in line to make his second start of the season. Nick Mullens would become the backup Saturday.

Mayfield's positive test came after the team announced coach Kevin Stefanski tested positive Wednesday. The Browns placed eight players on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after positive tests, including receiver Jarvis Landry, offensive guards Wyatt Teller and Drew Forbes, tight ends Austin Hooper and Ross Travis, WR JoJo Natson, defensive end Takkarist McKinley and offensive tackle Jedrick Wills.

"It's just another obstacle that's in the way," Stefanski said, adding that he's confident in special teams coach Mike Priefer and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt if they have to take over his responsibilities on Saturday. Priefer would serve as interim HC and Van Pelt would call offensive plays.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters at the conclusion of the Winter League Meeting on Wednesday that there has been no discussion of postponing the game.

"We feel confident with continuing changes and adaptions to our protocols we can do that," Goodell said.

When asked earlier Wednesday if he'd like to see Saturday's game postponed, Stefanski said "I'd like to see the Browns play well against the Raiders."

Cleveland currently sits as the No. 8 seed in the AFC, just out of playoff position.

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