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Odell Beckham Jr. feels adequate to face Steelers, however wants a 2nd adverse COVID-19 on Saturday to be cle – cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The goods news was that Odell Beckham Jr.’s COVID-19 test came back negative on Friday. The bad news was that he had to stay home again and can’t rejoin the team until he has another negative result on Saturday.

“With another negative test (Saturday), he’s back in the building, and we’ll work through all the travel protocols,” Kevin Stefanski said. “We’re going to think through all options.”

Stefanski said Beckham, who was sent home from the Browns facility on Thursday with an unspecified illness, was feeling better on Friday and will be able to play in Pittsburgh Sunday if he’s cleared. According to new NFL guidelines, a player with a cough, sore throat or stuffy nose must be sent home even if he’s negative, out of an abundance of caution. He’s listed as questionable, but will play if he gets the green light.

“He’s doing better, yes,” Stefanski said.

Stefanski indicated the Browns could drive him to Pittsburgh separately if necessary, or otherwise have him travel separately so he doesn’t infect anyone else on the team if he’s still contagious. In the meantime, he’s been proceeding at home as though he’ll be able to play.

“He was out here Wednesday and got some good work in Wednesday,” Stefanski said. “He’s been in meetings virtually. (Pass game coordinator/wide receivers) Coach (Chad) O’Shea is going to spend extra time with him in those meetings. If all goes according to plan for tomorrow, you spend even more time and you spend even more walkthrough time. I think there’s enough time to catch him up, barring his health.”

Beckham’s illness was compounded by the disturbing news Friday morning that the Colts — who played the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday — were shutting down their facility Friday because of four positive COVID-19 tests. But as the day went along, the Colts’ announced that their tests were false positives and that it was business as usual.

The Browns, meanwhile, awaited word on Beckham’s test, not knowing if they might have to shut down their facility and possibly reschedule the Steelers game.

“That’s 2020,” Stefanski said. “We’re prepared. We’re just looking to find a way. Whatever comes our way, we’ll be ready to deal with.”

Preparations for their biggest game in a long time — the 4-1 Browns vs. the 4-0 Steelers — have not been ideal. Baker Mayfield didn’t throw in practice on Wednesday with his sore ribs – officially listed as a chest injury —and was limited on Thursday. Case Keenum took all of the first-team reps on Wednesday and some on Thursday.

But Mayfield was back as a full participant on Friday and looked good throwing the ball in QB-WR drills during the 25 minutes of practice open to the media. Mayfield moved well and occasionally stretched his side after a few reps. But the ball came out with good velocity and he looked like his usual self in the warm-up part of practice.

“He’s trending in the right direction, but we have to make sure that we’re safe with this and use all these hours for treatment and see how he responds,” Stefanski said.

Beckham’s close friend Jarvis Landry returned to practice on Friday after missing two days with his rib and hip injuries. He’s also listed as questionable and is expected to play.

“As you guys know, he’s a very, very tough dude,” Stefanski said. “He’s spent a lot of time in the training room getting his body right, but he’s making a push to Sunday like he always does.”

Despite the offensive adversity — the Browns will also be without right guard Wyatt Teller (calf) — Stefanski is proud of the way his team has responded.

“The message has been back to the spring you just have to find a way,” he said. “There will be many things thrown at you, as we’ve all seen this offseason and in the season. There will be many things thrown at you during a game, whether it comes in the first quarter of the fourth quarter so you just have to find a way.”

Beckham leads the team with 294 receiving yards, and is tied with Landry with 21 receptions. He’s also tied with Kareem Hunt with three TD catches, and has one rushing TD on a 50-yard reverse. His breakout game of the season came in the victory over Dallas, where he caught two TD passes — one from Landry — and scored on the big reverse.

He also completed an 18-yard pass to Austin Hooper in the victory over the Colts. Beckham is one of only a few deep threats on the team, along with David Njoku and Donovan Peoples-Jones.

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