Covid disregards Browns head coach for the first playoff game of the team in 18 years

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On Sunday night, Kevin Stefanski and four other Browns test positive for Cleveland virus will face the Pittsburgh Steelers

When they make their first playoff appearance this weekend in 18 years, the Cleveland Browns will be without their head coach. The team confirmed that Covid-19 had tested positive for Kevin Stefanski, two members of its coaching staff and two players. In Sunday’s first round of the playoffs, the Browns will face their division opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the final game of the regular season last weekend, the Browns beat the Steelers to secure their place in the playoffs. The NFL will not reschedule the match, having said earlier in the season that it will not postpone games during the pandemic for competitive purposes.

League rules state that someone who tests positive for Covid-19 must sit out for at least 10 days. This morning, we were told that Head Coach Kevin Stefanski, two other coaching staff members and two players tested positive for COVID-19. Our contingency plan calls for Mike Priefer, the Special Teams Coordinator, to serve as the acting head coach. Pic.twitter.com/Mhh9Zt1e4d- January 5, 2021 Cleveland Browns (@Browns)
Although the touch search is under way, the team said its practice facilities are closed. “We were informed this morning that Head Coach Kevin Stefanski, two other members of the coaching staff and two players tested positive for COVID-19,” the Browns said on Twitter in a tweet. “Our contingency plan calls for Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer to serve as acting head coach. “The Browns also have experience playing through a Covid epidemic. Owing to positive tests for the virus, they had to be without six regulars last weekend, and they were also forced to field a depleted team against the New York Jets last month. The news comes amid a rare upswing in the recent history of the Browns. In the 2002 season, the last time they made the playoffs was when they lost to the Steelers in the wild-card round.

They have recorded only two winning seasons since then.

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