Luckily, the Browns were on a bye week.
The Cleveland Browns have placed quarterback Baker Mayfield on the COVID-19 reserve list.
Officially, it was revealed the Mayfield did not test positive for COVID-19.
Baker Mayfield himself has not tested positive for Covid-19. Came into contact with a staff member who did. Mayfield could be cleared to practice as soon as Wednesday morning if he continues to test negative. #Browns
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 8, 2020
The good news is that Mayfield should be cleared to play against the Houston Texans next week.
NFL insider Mike Garafolo confirmed that Mayfield did not test positive, and should be cleared by Wednesday.
#Browns QB Baker Mayfield will he placed on the COVID-19 list today because he was a close contact to someone who tested positive. Could be cleared as early as Wednesday.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 8, 2020
The Browns are 5-3 and are in a great position to make a run for the playoffs.
The team will need their QB1 back in order to continue that goal.
In coordination with placing Mayfield on the IR/COVID list, the Browns released this official statement:
“The Cleveland Browns were informed Saturday morning that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing was conducted and close contacts were immediately self-isolated. When the team returns to work following the bye on Monday, it will follow the NFL-NFLPA intensive protocol. We will continue to work closely with the league and medical experts on the appropriate next steps with the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff members remaining our highest priority.”
We have placed QB Baker Mayfield on the reserve/COVID-19 list. pic.twitter.com/1aALE1m06J
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 8, 2020
From what it sounds like Mayfield should be able to return soon.
However, Mayfield will not be able to practice on Monday.
That will give Case Keenum first-team reps for that day.