Three NFL games moved due to COVID-19 outbreaks

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The NFL has moved three games due to COVID-19 outbreaks: Las Vegas at Cleveland from Saturday to Monday; and Seattle on the Los Angeles Rams and Washington at Philadelphia from Sunday to Tuesday.

The Browns may have been with out as many as 16 regulars on Saturday, so the sport is now scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m. EST Monday. It shall be televised by NFL Network.

Washington and Philadelphia will play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, as will the Seahawks and Rams. Both games shall be televised by Fox and obtainable on Sunday Ticket.

“We have made these schedule changes based on medical advice and after discussion with the NFLPA as we are seeing a new, highly transmissible form of the virus this week resulting in a substantial increase in cases across the league,” the NFL mentioned in a press release. “We continue to make decisions in consultation with medical experts to ensure the health and safety of the NFL community.”

Previously, the NFL didn’t plan to transfer any games due to coronavirus outbreaks. It even mentioned forfeits “could be in play.” But latest developments with the omicron pressure of COVID-19 has modified the league’s pondering — as did a number of outbreaks throughout the league getting into Week 15 of the season.

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“We will make every effort, consistent with the underlying health and safety principles, to play our full schedule within the current 18 weeks,” Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned in a memo despatched to the 32 golf equipment and obtained by the AP. “Each team is obligated to have its team ready to play at the scheduled time and place. There is no right to postpone a game, and games will not be postponed or rescheduled because of roster issues affecting a particular position group or particular number of players.

“If games are postponed, we are going to make each effort to reduce the aggressive and financial burden on the collaborating groups.”

The strikes weren’t checked out kindly by some gamers.

“I pay my player dues just to get lied to and the rules bent!” Raiders linebacker Ok.J. Wright tweeted on the league and the gamers’ union. “If it was the other way around I swear we would be playing tomorrow.”

Eagles security Rodney McLeod tweeted: “So we have to suffer, and compromise our schedule because of another teams mistake. Make it make sense!”

Last season, within the midst of the coronavirus, the NFL accomplished its season on schedule, however had to reschedule 15 games, some to midweek. In July, Goodell warned groups that no games could be rescheduled beneath such circumstances and, as an alternative, forfeits may occur.

Earlier Friday, Saints coach Sean Payton examined constructive for COVID-19 and was instantly remoted from the staff.

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Payton, who’s vaccinated and examined constructive in 2020 for the coronavirus, will stay remoted for 10 days except he meets the league necessities for a totally vaccinated particular person to return to the staff surroundings.

The Saints mentioned defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has been assigned head teaching duties for Sunday night time’s sport at Tampa Bay. Payton is anticipated to return for New Orleans’ sport in opposition to the Miami Dolphins on December 27.

The constructive take a look at for Payton comes after he missed observe Wednesday when the membership mentioned he was “under the weather” however had examined destructive. Payton was again at observe and conferences on Thursday.

Payton’s constructive take a look at got here as COVID-19 circumstances spiked throughout the NFL in latest days, mirroring developments seen within the common inhabitants.

Three Saints gamers — defensive finish Cameron Jordan, operating again Mark Ingram and receiver Ty Montgomery — didn’t play in opposition to the New York Jets on Sunday due to constructive COVID-19 exams. But all have been activated from New Orleans’ reserve/COVID-19 checklist.

The Saints (6-7) snapped a five-game skid after they beat the Jets 30-9 and stay in rivalry for one of many NFC’s wild-card playoff spots with 4 regular-season games remaining.

In Week 2 of this season, the Saints have been with out quite a few assistant coaches due to a virus outbreak, however Payton was not amongst these which examined constructive. Payton was among the many first NFL workers identified to have contracted COVID-19 within the spring of 2020.

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