Max Kellerman explains why he thinks Kevin Stefanski’s positive COVID test can fuel the Browns against the Steelers in the AFC wildcard (0:47)

BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski says his team is “in full swing” after the last round of COVID-19 testing failed to produce new positive results

“I just need to put a plan together and find a way to win,” said Stefanski, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and will not be available for Sunday’s playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Pro Bowl guardian Joel Bitonio and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge will also be unavailable after testing positive, but Stefanski said Wednesday that no other player would go on the reserve / COVID-19 list immediately after the contact tracing did not result in a risky conclusion contacts

Although the team’s training facility would be closed until Wednesday, Stefanski said the Browns would continue to virtually prepare for the Steelers, including running what is known as a “virtual pass” in the afternoon

“I am disappointed in everyone who cannot be part of it All of our guys who can’t be part of it are disappointing to me, but we have to find a way, “said Stefanski who remarked that despite being infected with the coronavirus, he felt good “This is our indictment, we are working on it”

Stefanski won’t be the only coach the Browns will be without in Pittsburgh Tight-end assistant Drew Petzing and defender coach Jeff Howard also tested positive for the virus, a source told ESPN The Browns were already without Offensive coach Bill Callahan and passing game coordinator Chad O’Shea, both of whom missed the playoff win over the Steelers last Sunday due to COVID-19 protocols

According to NFL rules, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must be off for at least 10 days, including coaches

Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer was named deputy head coach on Sunday, while the Browns kept shuffling their staff, Stefanski also confirmed that offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt would name games

“[Van Pelt] was a big part of our offensive success, a big part of the playcalling,” said Stefanski. “He knows the things we believe in, the way we play. I have great faith in the ability of AVP to do that Work to be done “

The NFL rules stipulate that Stefanski must be allowed to play until the whistle at 203 p.m. Can communicate with the team by phone or video chat, as long as it takes place in the dressing room. No further contact is allowed after the whistle, even at halftime

The Browns have a league-high number of players on the Reserve / COVID-19 list, including starting cornerback Denzel Ward, linebacker B.J Goodson and Malcolm Smith, rookie tight end Harrison Bryant and safety Andrew Sendejo Their status for Sunday remains unclear

The Browns make their first playoffs since 2002 after having overcome the NFL’s longest post-season drought.They also lost 17 games in a row in Pittsburgh, the third longest losing streak against a single opponent in the NFL- History, according to the Elias Sports Bureau Cleveland has not won a playoff game since 1994

“The guys understand what it’s about me, they understand what our team is about,” said Stefanski. “Everyone knows what it’s about and they look forward to the opportunity”

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