Browns coach Kevin Stefanski urges players to stay safe amid coronavirus pandemic

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski urges players to stay safe amid coronavirus pandemic

Coach Kevin Stefanski said he doesn’t know of any members of the Browns — players or staff — who have tested positive for COVID-19.

With the Browns wrapping up their voluntary virtual offseason program Thursday, Stefanski has urged his players to be safe amid the global pandemic.

“I’ve really encouraged our players to stay safe, and that’s from the moment we started talking to these guys back in April,” Stefanski said during a Zoom video conference with Browns beat writers. “I’ve told them that the No. 1 priority is their safety and their family, and we want to make sure that we’re here for them, providing any resource for them.

“I’ve reminded them ad nauseam to wash their hands and social distance and really heed the advice of these experts. So I’ll just continue to make sure that these guys are knowing that they are being encouraged to stay safe out of this building, in this building. We want to make sure that they’re staying safe.”

The NFL Players Association has advised players to refrain from gathering with each other for group workouts in the downtime before training camp. In May, Baker Mayfield and about nine other Browns players got together to train the quarterback’s hometown of Austin, Texas. On Monday, running back Kareem Hunt said Browns players had planned to assemble again.

Will Stefanski discourage those sessions?

“I’ll talk to those guys,” Stefanski said. “It’s their offseason. We can’t really direct them to do anything football-wise in this break. So I’ll talk to them and just reiterate that I want those guys to stay safe.”


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