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Entire Browns coaching staff fully vaccinated, 90% of players vaccinated or in final process, GM says

Andrew Berry, Kevin Stefanski
Posted at 1:26 PM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 13:52:35-04

CLEVELAND — The COVID-19 vaccination rates amongst the Cleveland Browns had largely been kept a secret until Friday.

General manager Andrew Berry said Friday that the team is certainly in good standing as far as the vaccines go. Berry said that every coach on staff is fully vaccinated, and then added that roughly 90% of the players are either fully vaccinated or are waiting to receive a second dose of the vaccine, in their final stages of becoming fully vaccinated.

"I think a lot of people have been involved in making sure the right information is out there about receiving the vaccine," Berry said.

This means that the Browns can operate as a team that has met the 85% vaccination threshold that the NFL has set in place to determine whether or not teams can loosen restrictions regarding COVID-19 protocols.

"Like, I spoke about last year, this Cleveland Browns organization has done everything in its power to make sure that we're safe and in the conditions that we need to be in to be able to come and play football," Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry said earlier this week on how the team has handled the pandemic and vaccinations.

Players and coaches that are vaccinated are not required to wear masks or social distance according to league policy, while players that are unvaccinated must continue to practice social distancing and wear masks indoors.

Berry also addressed roster decisions in regards to vaccination status, saying what matters most to the organization is the performance on the field and the character of the player off the field.

"What I am focused on with roster decisions is how players produce between the white lines and how players conduct themselves as professionals outside of the white lines, that's it," Berry said.

RELATED: Browns remain united among any differing COVID-19 vaccine opinions

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BROWNS 2021 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · W · Sat 8/14 · 7:00 PM at Jacksonville Jaguars (23-13)
WEEK 2 · W · Sun 8/22 · 1:00 PM vs. New York Giants (17-13)
WEEK 3 · W · Sun 8/29 · 8:00 PM at Atlanta Falcons (19-10)

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WEEK 1 · L ·Sun 9/12 · 4:25 PM EST at Kansas City Chiefs (29-33)

WEEK 2 · W · Thu 9/19 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (31-21)

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WEEK 4 · Sun 10/3 · 1:00 PM EST at Minnesota Vikings (CBS)

WEEK 5 · Sun 10/10 · 4:05 PM EST at Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/17 · 4:05 PM EST Arizona Cardinals (FOX)

WEEK 7 · Thu 10/21 · 8:20 PM EST Denver Broncos (FOX/NFLN/AMZ)

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/31 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/7 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/14 · 1:00 PM EST at New England Patriots (CBS)

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/21 · 1:00 PM EST Detroit Lions (FOX)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/28 · 8:20 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (NBC)

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WEEK 17 · Mon 1/3 · 8:15 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN)

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