♂️— Ronnie Harrison II (@Rharr_15) January 7, 2021
Some people wondered if he was reacting to the Lindor news, but I pretty much knew what it meant: “F@%#, I’ve tested positive for COVID-19.”
Sure enough, two hours later, the Cleveland Browns announced that Harrison was being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. LB Montrel Meander was also placed on the Practice Squad/COVID-19 list, while S Andrew Sendejo was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Long story short, the latest COVID news with the Browns is that Harrison is out for Sunday’s playoff game against the Steelers, while Sendejo is back.
Per the NFL’s chief medical officer, it was determined that “there was some spread from one individual to another” among the Browns’ latest positive tests. No shit.
Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, says on @nflnetwork "there was some spread one individual to another" among #Browns' latest positive COVID-19 cases. Not all community spread. Contact tracing and review of test results ongoing before decision on practice today.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 7, 2021
Contact tracing is still ongoing for the Browns, and the team will not practice again on Thursday. They have been virtual since Sunday’s victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but having no practices leading up to a playoff game is probably unprecedented in the NFL. Still, the NFL plans to continue on as scheduled with the playoff game Sunday night:
The #Browns-#Steelers playoff game remains on as scheduled Sunday night, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 7, 2021
The NFL evaluates all these situations on a case-by-case basis, so an additional positive COVID-19 test in Cleveland doesn't automatically trigger a change. Contact tracing ongoing.
We will see how contact tracing goes. Since the team hasn’t been practicing, any close contacts would likely be backdated, so if those names come up, they should still be eligible for Sunday’s game. The positive tests results that keep coming in are the concerns at this point, considering everything is remote.