Browns COVID-19 outbreak: Nick Mullens in line to start vs. Raiders as Case Keenum tests positive

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The COVID-19 outbreak within the Cleveland Browns organization doesn’t appear to be dying down and continues to hit key positions across the roster. According to CBS Sports NFL insider Josina Anderson, the Browns have placed quarterback Case Keenum on the reserve/COVID-19 list after he produced a positive test. Keenum joins Baker Mayfield — who tested positive earlier this week — on the reserve list and now has Nick Mullens in line to start in Saturday’s contest against the Raiders. 

On top of Keenum testing positive, Anderson reports that four defensive players — safety Grant Delpit, corner A.J. Green, safety Ronnie Harrison and linebacker Jacob Phillips — have also tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total of Browns players with it this week to 20. 

Despite this outbreak across Cleveland’s roster, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network notes that there is still no indication from the league that Saturday’s matchup against Las Vegas will be moved or canceled and it would require many more positive tests for it to get to that point. That report echoes what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday as there has been no discussion regarding rescheduling. The NFLPA is pushing hard to have the game postponned.

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