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Baker Mayfield removed from Covid-19 IR list for Week 10

Browns QB Baker Mayfield is going on the Covid-19 IR list with what seems to be a close contact issue. We break down the news.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns passes against the Las Vegas Raiders at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 1, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Wednesday update: The Browns have activated Baker Mayfield from the Covid-19 IR list, which means he’ll get a normal week of on-field prep.

Monday update: Mayfield was placed on the Covid-19 IR list due to a close contact, not because of a positive test. If he does not test positive these next three days, he could come off the IR list on Wednesday, per Ian Rapoport.

The Cleveland Browns announced on Sunday that they have placed starting quarterback Baker Mayfield on the Covid-19 injured reserve list. The team did not announce if it was because he tested positive or was a close contact, but the team’s press release seems to suggest the latter. Here is the full language:

Berea, Ohio - The Cleveland Browns have placed QB Baker Mayfield on the reserve/COVID-19 list.*

*This reserve list category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Per agreed upon NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on player’s medical status other than referring to roster status. Clubs may not disclose whether player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.

Statement from Cleveland Browns Spokesperson on Staff Member Testing Positive for COVID-19

“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.”