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Coach Kevin Stefanski back in Browns headquarters for first time since March after NFL lifts restriction

For the first time since March 25, coach Kevin Stefanski and members of his staff were back inside Browns headquarters Friday.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Thursday permitting coaches across the league to return. He closed facilities more than two months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Goodell allowed team facilities to open May 19 with restrictions, but the Browns chose to wait until Monday. Starting Friday, the maximum number of employees allowed across a team’s facilities will jump from 75 to 100. For the Browns, that means headquarters in Berea and FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Players, unless they were getting treatment in team facilities before the shutdown, still aren’t permitted back. The offseason program continues virtually.

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STAYING HOME

The Browns planned to hold joint practices with the Packers in Wisconsin before their preseason game Aug. 22 in Green Bay, but that won’t happen.

The NFL told teams this week they must hold training camp at team facilities, rather than offsite. The coronavirus restrictions include no joint practices.

The Browns have held training camp in Berea since 1992, but the Steelers, Cowboys and Raiders are among the teams that travel for portions of camp.

HELPING OUT

Stefanski spoke to a group of lawyers from the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland on a Zoom call Thursday.

“Everybody deserves legal representation in this country,” Stefanski said in a quote tweeted by the organization. “That should be a no-brainer. Sadly, it is not. As you can imagine, we are talking a lot about social justice and equality and the things we can do. Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is such a great way to help in Cleveland.”

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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