Browns' Case Keenum Reportedly to Join Baker Mayfield on Reserve/COVID-19 List

Doric SamDecember 16, 2021

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 12: Cleveland Browns quarterback Case Keenum (5) leaves the field following the National Football League game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns on December 12, 2021, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns continue to be decimated by the recent rise in COVID-19-related concerns.

Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reported the Browns placed backup quarterback Case Keenum on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. The move is made more significant by the fact that starting quarterback Baker Mayfield is already on the list and his status for Saturday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders is uncertain.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that there has been no indication that Cleveland's game against Las Vegas will be moved or canceled. "Would take more positives to get there," he added.

Mayfield took to Twitter to voice his frustrations about the league's health and safety protocols. He questioned the testing procedures and suggested that he believes postponing the game is necessary:

Baker Mayfield @bakermayfield

Actually caring about player safety would mean delaying the game with this continuing at the rate it is….<br>But to say you won’t test vaccinated players if they don’t have symptoms, then to pull this randomly. Doesn’t make any sense to me.

Mayfield's sentiment is shared by other members of the Browns organization. NFL reporter Josina Anderson reported that a team source told her: "I really don’t know how we’re being asked to play this game Saturday. [Derek] Carr might eat us alive."

Sixteen Browns players were in COVID protocols as of Thursday, and Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski tested positive Wednesday along with running backs coach Ryan Cordell.

Cleveland activated quarterback Nick Mullens off the practice quad Thursday, putting him in line to start against the Raiders. Mullens played in 10 games for the San Francisco 49ers last season, throwing for 2,437 yards, 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.