The Cleveland Browns’ COVID-19 outbreak now includes the team’s first and second-string quarterbacks. The outbreak now includes 20 Browns players.
Starter Baker Mayfield tested positive on Wednesday, according to ESPN, putting his status for Saturday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders in serious jeopardy. Case Keenum, Mayfield's backup, tested positive on Thursday.
Mayfield voiced his frustration at the NFL's reaction to several outbreaks across the league, saying they should "make up your damn mind on protocols."
Keenum's tested positive on Thursday along with four other defensive Browns players, bringing the total on the team to 20.
The news of Mayfield’s positive test came a day after eight Browns were placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Among those eight players were five starters, including wideout Jarvis Landry, tight end Austin Hooper and tackle Jedrick Wills.
Mayfield was not the only Brown to test positive on Wednesday, either.
The team placed six more members on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and head coach Kevin Stafanski tested positive as well.
Mayfield and Hill would need to produce two negative tests 24 hours apart between Wednesday and Saturday to take the field against the Raiders.
Next up on the Browns’ QB depth chart is Nick Mullens. The Browns signed Mullens in September after he was waived from the Eagles roster.
If Mayfield can’t play on Saturday, the next time he can suit up would be against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Christmas Day.