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Browns Week 17 Showdown with Steelers Still On Despite Covid Concerns, Facility in Berea Reopens

The roller coaster that is the situation with the Browns and COVID-19 reared its ugly head again on Wednesday, as the team announced a player and staff member tested positive, which in turn meant they closed their Berea facility.

The team though got some good news later in the day, as the Browns organization announced all is well inside Berea, and the team went forth with a normal Wednesday practice with the facility opened back up.

The team, along with the NFL, has been chatting about the possibility of pushing the game back, but as of now the game will go off at 1pm EST Sunday as planned.

Pushing back a week 17 game that has massive playoff implications would be a nightmare for the league, as the Browns are looking for a win to get into the postseason, while Pittsburgh is scheduled to play next weekend in a wild card game against someone at Heinz Field.

That someone could very well be a third game against the Browns if the stars align right.

League officials said via a conference call today per Pro Football Talk that the game will take place as scheduled, and games will not be postponed or cancelled for competitive reasons.

A lot of Browns fans were livid last week when the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium wasn’t pushed after the team’s entire wide out core was wiped out on Saturday after “contact tracing” forced the team to put players on the COVID-19/Reserve list.

Many pointed to the Baltimore Ravens and how their game against Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving was pushed back three different times.

The Ravens had 23 players on the COVID-19/Reserve list, including reigning MVP QB Lamar Jackson.

Pittsburgh currently has no players on the COVID-19/Reserve list.

The Browns according to coach Kevin Stefanski is slated to get back their wide out core later this week.

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