Browns reopen facility, start playoff practices

2:42 PM ET

BEREA, Ohio — Two days before their first playoff appearance in 18 years, the Cleveland Browns finally practiced for the playoffs.

The NFL cleared the team to practice Friday afternoon for the first time this week. Cleveland’s training facility had been closed since Tuesday, after head coach Kevin Stefanski and four others within the team tested positive for COVID-19.

Practices on Wednesday and Thursday were canceled, as the team instead prepared remotely for Sunday night’s AFC wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“We’re going to have to bank on the timing and the things that we’ve worked on to this point with having limited reps,” wide receiver Jarvis Landry said after Thursday’s practice was canceled. “We can’t use this as an excuse. We can’t use this as something that is going to hinder us. We just have to find a way.”

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The Browns, significantly short-handed, will have to find a way Sunday. Stefanski, Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio, safety Ronnie Harrison and potentially several other key players will not travel to Pittsburgh due to COVID-19 protocols.

All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin missed Friday’s practice with an illness and is

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