The defensive end, who leads the NFL in sacks, did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday because of an undisclosed illness.
The Browns said it learned Friday morning a player tested positive for COVID-19. According to the team, the player has not been at the facility all week and no high-risk contacts were identified. The training facility will remain open for practice, but meetings will be held remotely.
Per NFL and NFLPA policy, teams are not permitted to comment on a player’s medical status, and teams cannot say whether a player is in quarantine or positive for coronavirus.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said they are still working through who will play in place of Garrett, but it will be a rotation.
“It’s 2020, expect the unexpected. Whoever is available for us will be ready to roll,” Stefanski said.
The first-year head coach would not speculate if Garrett will be able to return for the Nov. 29 game in Jacksonville.
Tackle Jack Conklin and kicker Cody Parkey were added to the COVID-19 list on Wednesday. They could be cleared to return on Saturday, Stefanski said. Long snapper Charley Hughlett, who was ultimately not put on the COVID-19 list, was cleared on Thusday.
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