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Browns' HC Stefanski (COVID-19) will not coach against Steelers

by Mike Spector | Steelers Correspondent |
Wed, Jan 6th 8:10am EST

Per Adam Schefter on Twitter, Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski has tested positive for COVID-19, and will not coach the team in the Wild Card round against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. In addition to Stefanski, two other coaches and two players have COVID issues, and the Browns closed their facility today. (Adam Schefter)

Betting Impact:

As expected, Pittsburgh's spread over the Browns increased in the wake of this news, from -4.5 to -6, per BettingPros consensus odds. Browns' Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer will take over as acting head coach for the playoff game. If Cleveland's facilities must remain closed for an extended period of time, that would severely impact their preparation for this week's game. The Browns have been impacted by COVID-19 for a couple weeks now, and had many players on the reserve/COVID-19 list for last week's game against Pittsburgh. That might help to explain why they looked sluggish in a 24-22 win over a Steelers team that rested many key starters. Though the line has jumped just 1.5 points so far, it is likely not done climbing and should reach the key number of seven at least.

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