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story.lead_photo.caption In this Oct. 18, 2020, file photo, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski looks on from the sideline during a game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Photo by Associated Press / Fulton Sun.

Browns rookie coach Kevin Stefanski said he's on track to return to the team today for playoff preparations after missing Sunday's wild-card win in Pittsburgh with COVID-19.

Stefanski jokingly called himself "probable" when asked if he'll be back Sunday as the Browns get ready to face the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

The 38-year-old Stefanski tested positive with the virus last week and couldn't be with his team when the Browns won their first playoff game in 26 years by upsetting the Steelers.

Stefanski watched the game from his home's basement in Rocky River, Ohio, and admitted to pacing in front of the TV during the telecast. Stefanski said he's lost his sense of taste but had mostly mild symptoms during his illness.

Cleveland activated cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson from the COVID-19 list Wednesday. If he can play, Ward would give Cleveland's secondary a major boost as it faces Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his numerous offensive weapons. Ward typically is assigned to the other team's top wide receiver.

Johnson, who has made six starts this season, will help as well.

The Browns gave up 501 yards passing Sunday to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who picked on Cleveland's backups.

Also, offensive line coach Bill Callahan returned to the team after being one of four assistants sidelined by the virus.

Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio remains in isolation, and the Browns are hoping to get him back in the next day or two.

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