The NFL has postponed three games due to the COVID-19 outbreak: Las Vegas in Cleveland from Saturday to Monday; and Seattle to Los Angeles Rams and Washington to Philadelphia Sunday through Tuesday.
The Browns could do without 16 regular players on Saturday, so the game is slated to kick off at 5:00 pm ET on Monday. It will be televised on the NFL Network.
Washington and Philadelphia will play on Tuesday at 7:00 pm, as will the Seahawks and the Rams. Both games will be televised by Fox and available on the Sunday Ticket.
“We made these schedule changes based on doctors’ recommendations and following discussions with the NFLPA as we are seeing a new, highly transmissible form of the virus this week, which has led to a significant increase in the number of cases in the league,” the NFL said in a statement. … “We continue to make decisions in consultation with medical experts to ensure the health and safety of the NFL community.”
Previously, the NFL had no plans to reschedule any games due to the coronavirus outbreak. It even stated that “fines may be involved.” But recent events surrounding the omicron strain COVID-19 have changed the league’s mindset, as have several league outbreaks in week 15 of the season.
Some Raiders players did not approve of this move.
“I only pay dues to my players to be tricked and broken by the rules! “Midfielder KJ Wright tweeted about the league and players’ union.” If it were the other way around, I swear we would play tomorrow. ”
Last season, in the midst of the coronavirus, the NFL finished the season on schedule but had to reschedule 15 games, some mid-week. In July, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned 32 teams that games would not be rescheduled under such circumstances and penalties could occur instead.
“As we learned last year, we can play an entire season if we are firmly committed to adhering to our health and safety protocols and making the necessary adjustments in response to changing conditions,” Goodell said.
On Friday, these adjustments included another postponement.
Earlier Friday, Saints coach Sean Payton tested positive for COVID-19 and was immediately isolated from the team.
Payton, vaccinated and testing positive in 2020 for the coronavirus, will remain isolated for 10 days unless he meets the league requirements for a fully vaccinated individual to return to a team environment.
The Saints said defense coordinator Dennis Allen was named head coach of the game Sunday night in Tampa Bay. Payton is expected to return to the New Orleans game against the Miami Dolphins on December 27.
Payton tested positive after he missed training on Wednesday when the club said he was “in bad weather” but tested negative. Payton returned to training and meetings on Thursday.
Payton’s test positive came in response to a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the NFL in recent days, reflecting trends seen in the general population.
Three Saints players – defender Cameron Jordan, running back Mark Ingram and receiver Ty Montgomery – did not play against the New York Jets on Sunday due to positive COVID-19 test results. But by Thursday, Jordan and Montgomery were activated from the New Orleans reserve / COVID-19 list.
The Saints (6-7) lost five games to the Jets 30-9 and are still vying for one of the NFC playoff spots with four regular season games remaining.
In the second week of this season, the Saints were left without numerous assistant coaches due to the virus outbreak, but Payton was not among those who tested positive. Payton was among the first NFL employees known to contract COVID-19 in the spring of 2020.