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Browns put quarterback Baker Mayfield on COVID-19 list
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Browns put quarterback Baker Mayfield on COVID-19 list

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Browns place QB Baker Mayfield on COVID-19 list during bye

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throws before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Cincinnati.

The Browns placed quarterback Baker Mayfield on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday.

Mayfield went on the list because he is considered a close contact of a staff member who tested positive for the virus Saturday.

The Browns did not disclose the identity of the staff member, but a person familiar with the situation said it's not a coach who tested positive. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Mayfield has not tested positive, the person said. If Mayfield continues to test negative, he could be back in Browns headquarters by Wednesday, based on when the exposure took place, the person said.

The Browns released the following statement:

"The Cleveland Browns were informed Saturday morning that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing was conducted and close contacts were immediately self-isolated. When the team returns to work following the bye on Monday, it will follow the NFL-NFLPA intensive protocol. We will continue to work closely with the league and medical experts on the appropriate next steps with the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff members remaining our highest priority."

The Browns (5-3) are resting this weekend during their bye and are scheduled to host the Houston Texans on Nov. 15.

If all goes well for Mayfield, he should be able to return to practice Wednesday in preparation for the Texans. He won't be permitted to practice Monday, when the Browns plan to return to the field.

The Browns haven't had a player test positive for COVID-19 since training camp.

Meanwhile, Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb is expected to practice this week for the first time since he suffered an injured medial collateral ligament in his right knee Oct. 4 against the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Network reported Sunday.

Two weeks ago, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Chubb could be back in time to face the Texans.

"That's a possibility, yes," Stefanski said.

Chubb is on injured reserve, so the Browns would need to formally designate him for return from IR before he could practice.

In a minor move Saturday, the Browns signed center Evan Brown to their practice squad. They had waived him two days earlier.

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