Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski tests positive for COVID-19, will miss team’s first playoff game since 2002

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Tuesday. The result means Stefanski will miss the team’s first playoff game since 2002.

The Browns said special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as acting head coach. 

The team said two other unidentified players and two more coaching staff members — tight ends coach Drew Petzing and defensive backs coach Jeff Howard — also tested positive. According to NFL rules, anyone testing positive must sit out at least 10 days.  

The Browns had the NFL’s longest drought without a playoff appearance. They are scheduled to play Sunday against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, where they haven’t won in 17 years. 

We were informed this morning that Head Coach Kevin Stefanski, two additional members of the coaching staff and two players have tested positive for COVID-19.

Our contingency planning calls for Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer to serve as the acting Head Coach.

This is a developing story. 

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