Despite the Cleveland Browns’ recent COVID-19 outbreak, the NFL will not consider rescheduling the Browns’ upcoming home game against the Las Vegas Raiders, according to NFL Network’s Judy Battista.
The NFL rescheduled several games last season due to the ongoing pandemic. For this season, the league implemented several rules to help teams navigate the pandemic, including expanding the practice squad roster. The NFL made it clear before the start of the season that games would not be rescheduled due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Furthermore, the league stated that teams could be forced to forfeit games if there was a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players.
NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell all but confirmed that this game would not be moved, saying that there has been no discussion regarding rescheduling.
“We feel confident with continuing changes and adaptions to our protocols we can do that,” said Goodell on Wednesday.
There were 15 rescheduled games in 2020 due to the pandemic. Pittsburgh’s home game against Baltimore was rescheduled three times before the two teams played on a Wednesday night in Week 12. And while the league’s schedule was adjusted several times, the NFL was able to complete its 2020 schedule with a single cancellation.
The pandemic has hit the NFL hard over the past week, with more than 70 players being placed on their team’s respective reserve/COVID-19 list over the past three days. No team has been hit harder by the recent outbreak than the Browns, who currently have over a dozen players on their COIVD-19 list. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski also tested positive for the virus this week. Browns players on the COVID-19 list include Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Wyatt Teller, Jedrick Wills, David Njoku, Austin Hooper, Takkarist McKinley and John Johnson III.
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