NFL: Cleveland Browns Place Baker Mayfield on COVID-19 List, Twitter Goes Wild

by Josh Lanier

The Browns placed quarterback Baker Mayfield on the COVID-19 reserve list after he came in close contact with a team staff member who tested positive for the virus, Sports Illustrated reported.

Luckily, the 5-3 Browns are on a bye week. Meaning Mayfield could be able to return to the team without missing a game. He can return to the team after a period of isolation as long as he continues to test negative for the coronavirus, per NFL rules. That means, he could potentially return to the team by Wednesday, Sports Illustrated said.

“When the team returns to work following the bye on Monday, it will follow the NFL-NFLPA intensive protocols,” the Browns said in a statement.

“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 Houston Texans will take on the Browns in Cleveland on Nov. 15.

Twitter Freaks Out Over Baker Mayfield Report

Multiple teams have had to put their quarterbacks on the COVID-19 reserve list. Patriots quarterback Cam Newton missed a game earlier this season after testing positive. The NFL just cleared Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford for play after a week in isolation, the NFL said. And the Cowboys’ Andy Dalton will miss this week after being put on the list, ESPN said.

But Mayfield’s inconsistent play and the always woeful Browns fans meant that this news quickly became a meme.