Cleveland Browns add Two While Dealing with COVID Issues

The Cleveland Browns and the rest of the NFL had an interesting weekend regarding COVID. Some training camps were put on hold. The Browns were one of them, based on a multitude of positive results from a lab in New Jersey. Here is what the NFL had to say over the weekend.

“Saturday’s daily COVID testing returned several positive tests from each of the clubs serviced by the same laboratory in New Jersey,” the NFL said in a statement Sunday morning. “We are working with our testing partner, BioReference, to investigate these results, while the clubs work to confirm or rule out the positive tests.”

In total 77 ‘positive’ tests were found affecting 11 NFL teams. The NFL ran tests against the original samples and found no actual positive tests.

The Browns closed the building and canceled camp for the day. Once they cleared up everything, the building was open to resume all football activities.

Cleveland Browns sign two over the weekend

The Browns have added two players after a slew of injuries hit the first week of full contact camp combined with all the COVID opt-outs. As reported last week, the Browns brought in linebacker Malcolm Smith, and he never left.

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10ThingstoSeeSports – Seattle Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith sits on the field after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Smith has experience in the Browns system based on his time with the 49ers in 2018. He has only seen action in a handful of games over the past two seasons. Even with Mack Wilson possibly returning this season, it will not be soon. Smith’s ability to fit right into the system is why he was snapped up once he completed his tryout. It would not surprise anyone if he ended up a starter week one.

To make room for Smith, the Browns waived center Casey Dunn, who left Saturday’s practice with a foot injury.

The Browns also added some help to the defensive tackle depth with the signing of former XFL player Ricky Walker. Walker is 6-2, 301 pounds and officially in his first NFL season out of Virginia Tech. Originally he signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. They waived him during final roster cuts in 2019. Walker played for the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL last year. The Browns wanted to add depth up front since the opt-out of Andrew Billings at the start of camp.

Donovan Peoples-Jones

Peoples-Jones left the practice field Sunday. As of now there has been no news of an injury.

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