Former NY Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. tests negative for COVID-19, after being sent home by the Cleveland Browns this week
The Cleveland Browns sent former NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. home on Thursday when he felt ill, but received some good news on Friday.
According to Mary kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Beckham was tested for COVID-19, and tested negative for the illness:
Odell Beckham Jr.’s COVID-19 test came back negative today, as did that of everyone else in the building, and the Browns facility is open today, a league source told cleveland.com.
It means the Browns’ game in Pittsburgh for Sunday at 1 p.m. is still on.
Beckham was sent home with an illness on Thursday, and the Browns were awaiting his test results on Friday. He will remain at home today and sit out practice with his symptoms, per the COVID-19 protocol. The NFL issued new guidelines on Thursday stating that anyone with flu-like symptoms such a cough, sore throat or nasal congestion must remain at home regardless of whether they’ve tested positive for COVID-19.
Beckham testing negative for COVID-19 is obviously great news, especially when viewed in contrast to the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons needing to temporarily shut down their facilities this week due to positive tests.
Meanwhile, the Giants have not faced any issues through the first five weeks of the season. Giants head coach Joe Judge credits his players’ commitment to taking the virus with the seriousness it demands for their success keeping it out of the team’s headquarters.
“We’ve got to be concious of what’s going on around the league,” Judge said Thursday. “You look at some of the other teams that have shut down, you’re very conscious in terms of teams you had exposure to as opponents, I think you see teams have popped up with a case here or case there after playing another team.
“The biggest thing we do here is enforce the protocols. We stay on it. We harp it. I’m not going to lie and act like it’s some sort of magic bubble we live in. Coaches and players all get tired of hearing ‘stay spaced out,’ make sure your mask’s on, stay apart, make sure your [contact] tracer’s uplinked. It’s day in and day out.”
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