The Cleveland Browns are the latest in a string of professional sports teams experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterback Baker Mayfield and head coach Kevin Stefanski tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. That comes one day after eight additional Browns were placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Cleveland is in the midst of a playoff push. The timing couldn’t have been worse. They take on the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday in what many are calling a must-win to preserve the team’s postseason hopes. Adam Schefter shared the story via Twitter.

Stefanski missed last year’s playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers after catching the virus. Now, they’ve got an even bigger problem on their hands. Where there’s one positive, there are likely to be more.

The Chicago Bulls recently had some NBA games postponed. The team barely had enough players left to field a team under league rules. At one point, there were ten combined Bulls players in the league’s COVID protocol.

The NFL has had their share of issues with the virus recently. The Los Angeles Rams are dealing with a major outbreak. There were said to be several more tests league-wide that were expected to come back positive yesterday.

Despite a strong policy designed to stop the spread of COVID-19, professional sports leagues are seeing increasing case numbers. As players who were vaccinated in the past wait on or fail to receive booster shots, the numbers will continue to rise. The emergence of the Omicron variant has also complicated things for the NFL, NBA, and NHL.

What do you think of the rising COVID numbers in sports? Will there be another shutdown? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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