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Browns place JOK on Reserve/COVID-19 list

Rookie linebacker could now be in quarantine for up to 10 days.

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The Cleveland Browns placed linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday.

The move comes just a day after rookies and quarterbacks returned to Berea for training camp, which opens on Wednesday.

Owusu-Koramoah, the team’s second-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame, will now have to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days if he tested positive, is symptomatic and unvaccinated.

Related: NFL, NFLPA reveal updated COVID-19 protocols

League rules prohibit teams from disclosing if a player tested positive or was just in contact with someone who tested positive. They also are not allowed to reveal if an impacted player has been vaccinated.

In June, the league and NFLPA came out with a new set of protocols for dealing with COVID-19 this season. While the league is not mandating vaccinations, the new rules make it more difficult for anyone who chooses not to.

Any player or coach who has not been vaccinated will be tested for COVID every day before entering the team’s facility, will have to wear a mask at the team facility and while traveling, must maintain social distancing in the team facility, must quarantine if they are exposed to COVID, will be limited in their access to the team’s weight room, may not eat with teammates (for players) and have to get takeaway from the cafeteria (for staff or coaches), and can’t leave the team hotel to eat in a restaurant or interact with anyone out of the team on a road trip.

The Browns dealt with more than their share of COVID-19 issues last season, and it did not take long for those ghosts to return to Berea this summer.

With any luck, this will be one of the few times the club has to deal with it this season.