The Pittsburgh Steelers, like all 32 NFL teams, have found themselves in the midst of COVID-19 issues throughout the 2020 regular season. Vance McDonald’s positive test, and, most recently, Joe Haden’s most recent positive test has left the Steelers dealing with contact tracing and other high risk players missing time as they follow the league’s protocols.
However, one aspect of this 2020 season during the COVID-19 pandemic which hasn’t impacted all NFL teams are dealing with an outbreak. No, the Steelers haven’t had an outbreak within their organization, but two, maybe three, teams they have been playing has dealt with outbreaks.
These outbreaks have put games in jeopardy, and altered schedules in the process. The Tennessee Titans outbreak moved the Steelers’ bye week to Week 4 with no fault of their own. The Baltimore Ravens’ outbreak forced the Steelers to constantly be in a holding pattern waiting for their chance to host the Ravens at Heinz Field the week of Thanksgiving.
The Browns have had double-digit players miss games for COVID-19 related reasons, and the most recent member of the organization to test positive would be head coach Kevin Stefanski. Stefanski, who also calls the offensive plays, won’t be permitted on the sideline this Sunday for the playoff game.
However, there is good news to report Wednesday, and that would be no new positive tests for the Browns on the latest round of testing.
This per Adam Schefter of ESPN, who also points out how, barring any new positive tests, the game will be on as scheduled this Sunday night at Heinz Field.
As long as there are no more positive tests, Sunday night‘s Browns-Steelers game will be played as scheduled. Issue arises if there are more positives... https://t.co/DMHvfEYpSA— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2021
While it looks like the Browns might be out of the proverbial woods, those who have paid attention this season know that certainly isn’t the case. Things can change quickly, and the Browns can still have players/coaches/staff members test positive.
Therefore, stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the Browns this Sunday for their first playoff game since the 2017 season.