Good news, Browns: Your Sunday night game against the Steelers is still in progress. Bad news, Browns: Your game on Sunday night against the Steelers is still going on.
According to the NFL, the playoff game between Cleveland and Pittsburgh is still on the road for Sunday night.
During the night, it became clear that Browns did not have new positive results resulting from PCR testing off-site, taken on Friday morning. On-site PCR testing on Friday did not generate positive results, which allowed Brown to practice on Friday afternoon, for the first time this week.
A new round of on-site and on-site PCR testing will take place on Saturday. The Browns are due to travel to Pittsburgh later today.
“The medical staff is comfortable understanding where the show is coming from and will continue to monitor,” the league said in an email to PFT. “They recommended moving forward as planned, with the team taking off tonight in anticipation of Mesa test results. The team will take Mesa tests again tomorrow, similar to the routine that took place before last week’s match. “
If there are additional positive results, the medical staff will make an assessment, follow up the contacts and make the appropriate decisions at that time.
This is great news for the Browns, the Steelers and the league. As the league recognizes the latest indications of viral spread in the team (as opposed to infections resulting from community exposure), there is a worrying concern that the game cannot be played safely on Sunday night. And that would create a huge mess in league planning.
It’s still a mess for the browns. They won’t have coach Kevin Stefanski on Sunday night; he passed a positive test earlier this week. Without a head coach and limited training time, it’s amazing that the spread is still only six points.