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Browns coach tests positive for COVID, unavailable for playoff game

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski looks on during the second half of an NFL football...
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)(David Richard | AP)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 11:42 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WTVG) - Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski is among a group of staff members and players who have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unavailable for Sunday’s playoff game at Pittsburgh.

The Browns announced special teams coach Mike Priefer will serve as the head coach during the team’s first playoff game since 2002.

In addition to Stefanski, two coaches and two players tested positive for the virus as well and won’t be available for Sunday’s game, if it goes on as scheduled.

“The Cleveland Browns were informed this morning that Head Coach Kevin Stefanski, two additional members of the coaching staff and two players have tested positive for COVID-19. Our facility is currently closed while contact tracing is taking place. The team will continue to consult with the league and medical experts to determine the appropriate next steps as the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and the entire community remains our highest priority. Our contingency planning calls for Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer to serve as the acting Head Coach.”

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