Raiders news: Browns’ COVID-19 outbreak includes Baker Mayfield
The Cleveland Browns were already grappling with a major coronavirus problem when they woke up on Wednesday morning. Then they realized they had a full-blown seizure on their hands.
After placing eight players on the NFL’s reserve / COVID-19 roster on Tuesday, they added six more (five on the 53-player roster), including quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Of course, the Browns host the Las Vegas Raiders in three days. Kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday. They have several key players on the COVID-19 roster besides Mayfield, including wide receiver Jarvis Landry, tight end Austin Hooper, guard Wyatt Teller, safety John Johnson, cornerback Troy Hill and the coordinator. defensive end Malik McDowell. In total, Cleveland has 18 players on the COVID-19 roster.
Additionally, Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski was placed on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday. Again, this is a crisis in its own right for Cleveland. If Stefanski and all the players on the roster cannot receive two negative tests 24 hours apart before Saturday (which is unlikely), they will not be able to play on Sunday.
The Browns don’t have a real practice today. There will be separate walkthroughs for the offensive, defensive and special teams.
– Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) December 15, 2021
Quarterback Case Keenum will play for Mayfield if he can’t. Several reports said the NFL currently has no plans to move or cancel the game.
I can’t stress this enough: there is no conversation at the NFL meeting about moving the game to Cleveland. Same situation as the league the league faced last year and why the flexibility of the roster was extended during COVID-19.
– Judy Battista (@judybattista) December 15, 2021
News of the Cleveland outbreak has significantly affected the odds set by the DraftKings Sportsbook. The Raiders are now 1 point favorites and the over / under line has dropped to 39 points. The betting line opened at Browns -6 and the over / under was 43.5