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Report: All Browns Players, Staff Test Negative after Odell Beckham Jr. Illness Scare

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All Cleveland Browns players and staff members have tested negative for COVID-19 after star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was sent home from practice with an illness Thursday, according to a report by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Beckham did not test positive for the virus on Thursday, but Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski decided to keep him at home and off the practice field out of “an abundance of caution,” adding that he was “just feeling under the weather.”

While Beckham’s ailment likely caused some alarm in Cleveland on Thursday, the news of negative tests across the club should remove any doubt regarding Sunday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field being played as scheduled.

The Steelers have already had to deal with the positive tests of opponents altering their season, as their game against the Tennessee Titans had to be rescheduled from Week Four to Seven.

Pittsburgh themselves have not had any virus-related issues since they removed running back Jaylen Samuels from the Reserve list back in mid-August.

Cleveland’s successful battery of tests Thursday also comes after an increasing number of teams have had to temporarily shut down their facilities due to COVID-19 concerns, including the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts just this week.

Atlanta has reportedly been cleared to reopen their practice facility after no new positive tests from Thursday, while the Colts are working remotely as the work to confirm testing results.

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Report: Ravens Planning to Sign Dez Bryant to Practice Squad

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The Baltimore Ravens are planning to sign veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant to their practice squad, according to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The 31-year-old had signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints last season, but suffered a torn Achilles his first day on the practice field.

Baltimore explored adding Bryant back in August, but it never materialized, likely due to ongoing concerns regarding his health.

While he may not provide much of a boost to the Ravens passing game on the field, he could add some much needed experience and a veteran presence in a young receiver room.

Bryant spent the first eight years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, catching 531 passes for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns. He has been selected to three Pro Bowls, and named First-Team All-Pro once.

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Report: Ravens Trade for Vikings DE Yannick Ngakgoue

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The Baltimore Ravens are reportedly trading for Minnesota Vikings defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, according the ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Ravens will send a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to the Vikings in acquiring Ngakoue.

Minnesota had just sent a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a trade for Ngakoue this offseason, but are clearly trying to recoup their losses and sell high after their 1-5 start.

The Ravens will now pair Ngakoue alongside his former Jaguars teammate in star defensive end Calais Campbell, who they also added in a trade this offseason.

Ngakoue arrives in Baltimore to even more firepower to a defense that is already one of the best in the league. The Ravens are second in the league in scoring defense (17.3 points per game), second in takeaways (11) and second in sacks (22), trailing only the Pittsburgh Steelers in all three categories.

Selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Maryland by the Jaguars, Ngakoue has become one of the league’s most fearsome pass rushers in a short amount of time. The one-time Pro Bowler has 42.5 career sacks, 16 forced fumbles and 47 tackles-for-loss. He also has two career interceptions.

According to Schefter, the Ravens have attempted to trade for Ngakoue multiple times and he had been positioning himself to land in Baltimore ever since thing went sour in Jacksonville. Having grown up in Bowie, Maryland, he is finally home at his desired destination after a short layover in Minneapolis.

Schefter also reports that Ngokoue will arrive in Baltimore sometime over the next 24 hours to undergo COVID-19 testing with the Ravens on their bye. If all is well on the virus front, Ngakoue will be in line to make his Ravens debut in a massive Week 8 matchup against Pittsburgh.

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Report: Seahawks Positioning to Sign Antonio Brown

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The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly positioning themselves to make a run at free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown is currently serving a suspension for multiple violations of the league’s personal conduct policy, but will be eligible to return after Week 8.

Adding the four-time All-Pro would give Seattle an embarrassment of riches, considering they already boast the MVP frontrunner in quarterback Russell Wilson and a tandem of dynamic wide receivers in Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.

Wilson leads the league with 19 passing touchdowns and 129.8 passer rating. He is also completing an absurd 72.8% of his passes. Metcalf and Lockett have five and four touchdowns thus far, respectively.

The Brown-to-Seattle rumors are nothing new, as the star wideout generated buzz when he was seen working out with Wilson in California this summer.

Selected by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Brown spent the first nine years of his career in Pittsburg before playing a single game with the New England Patriots last season. He is second in franchise history in receptions (837), yards (11,207) and receiving touchdowns (74), trailing only Steeler legend Hines Ward, although Brown played 87-fewer games.

If Seattle is in fact pursuing the troubled wide receiver, it would appear the unbeaten Seahawks are thinking Super Bowl or bust in 2020.

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