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Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, two additional members of the coaching staff and two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be available for the AFC wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night if the game remains as scheduled.
In making the announcement Tuesday, the Browns said special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as the acting head coach. Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt is expected to call the offensive plays in place of Stefanski, a source told ESPN.
Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio also tested positive, Browns center and NFLPA president JC Tretter confirmed Tuesday. Wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge, defensive backs coach Jeff Howard and tight ends coach Drew Petzing were the others to test positive, a source told ESPN.
According to NFL rules, anyone testing positive must sit out at least 10 days.
Hodge and Bitonio were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team later Tuesday. In addition, rookie Nick Harris (knee), who would’ve been an option to replace Bitonio at guard Sunday night, has been placed on injured reserve along with defensive end Olivier Vernon (Achilles).
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Tuesday there is no