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Report: Browns Player Tests Positive for COVID-19, Close Contacts Sent Home from OTAs

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The country may be returning to some normalcy, but the Cleveland Browns were reportedly reminded Tuesday that COVID-19 is still a very real threat.

According to The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones, the Browns had a player test positive for the coronavirus prior to practice Tuesday, and were forced to send potential close contacts home as a precautionary measure.

The NFL still requires players who are not fully vaccinated to quarantine following a potential exposure, and according to Jones, those sent home were between their first and second doses.

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Quarantine protocols will remain in effect until clubs reach the 85% vaccination threshold, but that is entirely reliant on teams convincing enough players to receive the vaccines.

The Browns had their fair share of struggles with COVID-19 last season, and even faced the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wildcard round without head coach Kevin Stefanski after he was forced to quarantine.

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