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Kevin Stefanski cleared from COVID-19 protocols; Austin Hooper and Jacob Phillips activated

CB Newsome goes on COVID list
Kevin Stefanski
Posted at 12:12 PM, Dec 22, 2021

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have cleared head coach Kevin Stefanski from COVID-19 protocols, allowing him back in the building.

Stefanski tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 15, which caused him to sit out for the game against the Raiders Monday.

The Browns also activated tight end Austin Hooper and linebacker Jacob Phillips from the COVID-19 list.

As those two came off, the Browns added CB Greg Newsome II, who had been out with an injury, to the COVID-19 list.

JoJo Natson has been restored to the practice squad from the COVID-19 list.

If a vaccinated player tests positive for COVID-19 they must immediately isolate but can rejoin the team if they remain symptom-free and have two negative tests 24 hours apart. If symptomatic, the vaccinated player has to remain in isolation until asymptomatic for 48 hours and has two negative tests.

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According to the NFL's policy, fully vaccinated players who are close contacts of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will not be designated as a regular "high-risk close contact," but can be held to daily testing for five days after exposure if deemed a “high risk vaccinated contact” and must wear a mask indoors for that five-day period.

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