CLEVELAND, Ohio – Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah’s first training camp in the NFL didn’t come in the start he was hoping for.
Notre Dame’s No. 52 pick Owusu-Koramoah was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Sunday, the club reported.
Owusu-Koramoah, who had a great spring, showed up to training camp on Saturday and was placed on the roster a day later. It is not yet known if he tested positive or if he was close contact from someone who did. If he tests positive and is not vaccinated, he will need to self-quarantine for 10 days. A vaccinated player who tests positive can return to the team as soon as he has two negative tests 24 hours apart.
The Browns are obviously hoping Owusu-Koramoah will be back sooner rather than later as they have big plans for him at the weak side linebacker and many of their subgroups.
“Things are going well with him,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said at the minicamp last month. “A very intelligent, very athletic player. You can see the speed, the quickness and the change of direction. He will be able to compete well with tight ends. The thing we have to watch out for and watch out for is that you watch him and you want to do a lot of things, but coming in as a rookie you don’t want to put him in those situations.
“You want to bring him in gradually, and as he gets more experience and understands more and more defense, you’ll start to expand him. There are some things drawn on the whiteboard that I want to do, but we probably won’t cover all of them this year. “
Rookies and quarterbacks showed up at camp on Saturday, and the rest of the squad show up on Tuesday. The first full team training takes place on Wednesday and the first open to the public is Friday.
The NFL and NFLPA have not made the covid vaccination mandatory for players this season, but have placed heavy restrictions on players who are not.
The NFL sent a note to teams last week advising them that the league will not reschedule a game outside the 18-week window if one team has a covid breakout among unvaccinated players, and both teams will lose. this game though it can’t be rescheduled mid-season.
In addition, players from both teams will not be paid if they lose a match, and the offending club could suffer financial losses from both clubs.
Several Browns players have lingering reservations about the vaccination for one reason or another, but the Browns are close to hitting the 85% threshold as a team. Once they do, some team-wide restrictions will be lifted.
At Baker Mayfield children’s football camp on Wednesday he said he had been vaccinated from the minicamp and said he felt it was the right thing to do.
“Obviously last year was new for everyone,” Mayfield said during a press briefing at camp. “So it was a lot of learning protocols and so on. It certainly represents a competitive advantage for higher vaccination rates in your team simply because of the close contact. [rules] and what if someone unfortunately catches COVID, what can happen to the rest of the building.
“It’s a competitive advantage, but it’s also more than that. It is about safety and simply the general health and well-being of human life. So I would leave it there. “
Last season, the Browns were one of the NFL teams hardest hit by the pandemic, with Myles Garrett missing two games after testing positive, the starting receiving corps missed the loss to the Jets due of contact tracing, and Kevin Stefanski missed out on the Wild Card victory over the Steelers after testing positive.
The Browns are hoping to have fewer interruptions this season, and the NFL has been pushing players hard to shoot.
Unvaccinated players should continue to be tested daily, wear masks, and physically distance themselves. They cannot have meals with their teammates and cannot leave the team hotel to interact with people outside the club. Vaccinated players are tested every two weeks, can go out on the road, and more. Heavy restrictions on unvaccinated players have led to a sharp increase in numbers in recent weeks.
NFL Network’s Judy Battista reported on Friday that nine teams are above the 90% threshold and that 80% of NFL players have started the vaccination process.
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