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Baker Mayfield lands on NFL COVID-19 list

Mayfield becomes one of the NFL’s most high-profile players that’s landed on the list this season.

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The coronavirus has managed to affect both NFL teams from the state of Ohio this week.

It began with the Bengals placing cornerback Trae Waynes and offensive tackle Fred Johnson on the NFL’s COVID-19 list, the first time the team has put a player on the list since the regular season began.

The week ended with the Browns placing Baker Mayfield on the same list. However, ESPN reports that Mayfield was placed on the list due to being in contact with a staff member who tested positive Saturday for the virus, so it doesn’t necessarily mean the quarterback has contracted COVID-19.

The 5-3 Browns are on a bye week before facing the 1-6 Texans.

Since becoming the Browns’ starter in 2018, Mayfield has not missed a start and has played in 37 consecutive games. Through eight games this year, he’s completed 61.4% of his passes for 1,514 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Here’s to hoping Mayfield doesn’t have the virus and will be back on the field at full strength next week.