Browns' Ryan Switzer Says 9-Month-Old Son Has Been Hospitalized with COVID-19

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2021

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ryan Switzer (10) during practice at NFL football training camp in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Ryan Switzer said Saturday that he and wife Gabie's nine-month-old son, Christian, is in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

Switzer asked for prayers and noted that Christian woke up in his own blood:

Ryan Switzer @Switz

I’m asking everyone that this tweet comes across to please just take a second and say a prayer for our son Christian. He’s 9 months and currently in the hospital after he woke up in his blood. He’s Covid positive.

He later provided an update, noting that doctors were trying to find the source of bleeding and said Christian needed a blood transfusion:

Ryan Switzer @Switz

The doctors are still trying to find the source of the bleeding. He’s been getting fluids and medicine as he waits for a CT scan. They’ve made us aware that he needs a blood transfusion. Praying that he avoids surgery. Only 1 parent is allowed in the room so my wife is with him.

The 26-year-old Switzer spent 2020 on the Browns' practice squad and signed a reserve/futures contract with the team in January.

Switzer was a standout receiver and return man at the University of North Carolina before getting selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft.

He spent one season in Dallas before getting traded in 2018 to the Oakland Raiders, who dealt him to the Pittsburgh Steelers before he ever appeared in a game.

Switzer's most-prolific NFL season came in 2018 with the Steelers when he set a career high with 36 receptions for 253 yards.

With Odell Beckham Jr. coming off a torn ACL and No. 3 receiver Rashard Higgins set to hit free agency, Switzer may have a legitimate chance to make the Browns' roster in 2021.

Millions of Americans and people across the globe have tested positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic.

Per CNN, nearly 29 million Americans have tested positive, and there have been over 116 million confirmed cases in the world.