The Browns released a statement about the move on social media:
The reserve/COVID-19 list is not just for those who have tested positive, but also for those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Mayfield was a close contact of a Browns staff member who tested positive, so he’s being put on the list.
Browns fans can breathe a small sigh of relief. Cleveland has a bye in Week 9, so Mayfield being placed on the list didn’t set off the last-minute emergency alarm bells at Browns HQ. They’re not scrambling to get the backup QB up to speed, but Mayfield will be absent for a few days next week. He’ll need five days of negative tests before he can be reinstated from the list.
The Browns didn’t reveal the results of any of Mayfield’s recent tests, but he has reportedly tested negative thus far and could return to practice by Wednesday.
The Browns, who are 5-3 and third in the AFC North, will play the Houston Texans in Week 10.
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