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Browns Go From -6.5 Home Favorite to -1 Dog Following Shock Covid Outbreak

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Dec/15/2021

The Cleveland Browns will enter Sunday's game hosting the Oakland Raiders absolutely decimated by a Covid outbreak that has resulted in a nearly 8 point shift in the line Wednesday.

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is the latest to test positive for COVID-19.

The Browns also announced Wednesday that head coach Kevin Stefanski tested positive for the virus. If Mayfield and Stefanski don't turn in two negative tests by Saturday, they will both miss Cleveland's crucial game against Las Vegas. Mayfield confirmed he does not have any symptoms.

Case Keenum would be in line to start if Mayfield is unavailable.  Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as Cleveland's acting head coach should Stefanski have to sit this one out.

In a statement, the team said that Stefanski, 39, "is feeling fine and will continue his head-coaching duties virtually." Stefanski said Tuesday that he had received the booster on top of being vaccinated.

The list of Browns players and staff who have tested positive in recent days for Covid-19 is extensive.

Browns running backs coach Ryan Cordell tested positive along with safety John Johnson III, CB Troy Hill and DT Malik McDowell, Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry, offensive guard Wyatt Teller, tight end Austin Hooper, left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr, defensive end Takk McKinley, punt returner JoJo Natson, backup guard Drew Forbes and reserve tight end Ross Travis.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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