Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will reportedly remain away from the team’s facilities Friday as part of COVID-19 protocols despite producing a negative test result.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s Covid-19 test results came back negative. The American football wide receiver took a test for coronavirus after he was sent home with an unknown illness amid practice ahead of the game between the Browns and the Steelers on October 19.
Despite the favorable test results, the 27-year-old athlete still can’t return to the facility as he needs to take another test. He is expected to reunite with his teammates as long as he tests negative in the second test. Otherwise, he has to sit out the Monday game.
After Odell was sent home for feeling under the weather, coach Kevin Stefanski issued statement, “With this day and age, you’ve just got to be so careful in this environment, so just want to make sure we’re being proactive in that regard.”
“With how the protocols are, you have to be careful,” he added. “So I don’t want to assume anything, but with all of our guys we’ll just make sure we follow the protocols and just be safe.”
While Odell hasn’t made any comments about his health scare, he previously expressed concerns about returning to the field amid pandemic. “Obviously, with everything that’s going on, it doesn’t make sense why we’re trying to do this. I can understand basketball was already in the playoffs. Five-on-five basketball in an arena is going to be more intense than regular-season games. Hooping is different than playing an 11-on-11 contact sport where there’s 80 people in a locker room. We’re not ready for football season,” he said in August.
He went on to slam the NFL higher-ups, “So why are we trying to push forward? It’s obviously for their money. And that bothers me because there’s always been this – and I hate saying it like that – but the owners’ [attitude is], ‘Oh we own you guys,’ and just kind of that unfairness going on that they don’t see us as human. I just feel like the season shouldn’t happen and I’m prepared for it to not happen and I wouldn’t mind not having it.”
Hopefully OBJ will be able to get back on the field soon, he’s been putting in work this season.