Browns place 3 more on COVID list, Garrett kept home "sick"

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Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) plays against the Houston Texans during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Cleveland. The Cleveland Browns were forced to place three more players, including starting right tackle Jack Conklin and kicker Cody Parkey, on the COVID-19 list Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, as they prepare for this week's home game against Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND – Baker Mayfield joked about sending a care package to Myles Garrett's house.

"Some soup and maybe some poems he can read up on,” the quarterback cracked.

As they try to stay one step ahead of the coronavirus, the Browns practiced Wednesday without their defensive star and were forced to place three other regulars on the COVID-19 list after they had close contact with an infected person.

Garrett was isolated at home because he was “feeling sick,” according to Browns coach Kevin Stefanski. The NFL has told teams to keep any players showing COVID-19-like symptoms away from their facilities until they can be tested again.

Stefanski said Garrett, who has 9 1/2 sacks and been dominant all season, has not tested positive. He could be back by Friday, pending test results over the next two days.

The Browns had a similar situation a few weeks ago with receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

“You know how it is when guys are sick,” Stefanski said. "It is not like the old days where you say, ‘All right, come on in later in the day.’ You can’t do that.”

The Browns also placed three more players — starting right tackle Jack Conklin, kicker Cody Parkey and long snapper Charley Hughlett — on the COVID-19 list as the team prepares for this week's home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.