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Browns place G Chris Hubbard on reserve/COVID-19 list after closing facility Friday morning

Chris Hubbard
Posted at 3:18 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 16:46:29-05

CLEVELAND — Browns guard Chris Hubbard was placed on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list Friday after the team announced that a player had received a positive COVID-19 test, forcing the facility to close while contact tracing was conducted.

The team had closed the facility after receiving the positive test results early Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, the team had completed contact tracing and determined that there were zero high-risk close contacts.

RELATED: Browns facility reopens after contact tracing completed following player testing positive for COVID-19

Hubbard was placed on the list, created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person, shortly after the Browns announced the facilities were reopening.

The Browns are not permitted to comment on a player’s medical status other than referring to roster status and may not disclose whether a player is in quarantine or has tested positive for COVID-19, per the NFL and NFLPA policy.

Hubbard has played a crucial role for the Browns this season, embodying the “next man up” mentality, most recently by filling in for Wyatt Teller at right guard, who suffered a calf injury in the Week 5 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

Teller returned to practice Monday and the team is hopeful he will be able to play on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski said on Friday following practice that Teller is ready to go and is expected to play on Sunday.

As for Hubbard's role as a "sixth man" on the team, Stefanski said he's confident that tackle Kendall Lamm or rookie center Nick Harris will be able to fill that role, if need be, while Hubbard is out.

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BROWNS 2020 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · At Chicago Bears - CANCELED

WEEK 2 · Aug. 20-24 · At Green Bay Packers - CANCELED

WEEK 3 · Aug. 30 · Minnesota Vikings - CANCELED

WEEK 4 · Sep. 3-4 · Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CANCELED

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · L · Sun 9/13 · Baltimore Ravens - 38, Browns - 6

WEEK 2 · W · Thu 9/17 · Browns 35, Cincinnati Bengals - 30

WEEK 3 · W · Sun 9/27 · Browns - 34, Washington Football Team - 20

WEEK 4 · W · Sun 10/4 · Dallas Cowboys - 38, Browns - 49

WEEK 5 · W · Sun 10/11 · Browns - 32, Indianapolis Colts - 23

WEEK 6 · L · Sun 10/18 · Pittsburgh Steelers - 38, Browns - 7

WEEK 7 · W · Sun 10/25 · Cincinnati Bengals - 34, Browns - 37

WEEK 8 · L · Sun 11/1 · Browns - 6, Las Vegas Raiders - 16

WEEK 9 · BYE

WEEK 10 · W · Sun 11/15 · Browns - 10, Houston Texans - 7

WEEK 11 · W · Sun 11/22 · Browns - 22, Philadelphia Eagles - 17

WEEK 12 · W · Sun 11/29 · Jacksonville Jaguars - 25, Browns - 27

WEEK 13 · W · Sun 12/6 · Tennessee Titans - 35, Browns - 41

WEEK 14 · L · Mon 12/14 · Browns - 42, Baltimore Ravens - 47

WEEK 15 · W · Sun 12/20 · Browns - 20, New York Giants 6

WEEK 16 · L · Sun 12/27 · Browns - 16, New York Jets 23

WEEK 17 · W · Sun 1/3 · Browns 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 22

Post-season

NFL Wild Card Round - W · Sun 1/10, Browns 48, Steelers 37

NFL Divisional Round · Sun, 1/17, 3:05 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)