If you thought the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases across the NFL was going to end up pausing the football season … LOL.
Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the league’s new COVID crisis with reporters, and was asked about the possibility of postponing or cancelling games. He basically said that the league isn’t even thinking about it.
“There has not been any discussion about [postponing games],” Goodell said (via Pro Football Talk). “We feel confident that with continuing changes and adaptions through our protocols that we can do that.”
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The league’s decision to press on with Week 15 comes as the Cleveland Browns have had to place nearly half their roster on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That includes quarterback Baker Mayfield, receiver Jarvis Landry, guard Wyatt Teller, tight ends David Njoku and Austin Hooper, and safety John Johnson III.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to even the looniest of COVID loons. No, the NFL is not going to shut down the season, not even for a week. Gotta play without half your starters because they got COVID? Tough. That’s why we implemented an expanded practice squad.
It’ll be quite the challenge for the Browns this weekend, having to face the Las Vegas Raiders with half a practice squad team. The same could be the case for the Washington Football Team and Los Angeles Rams, who have also placed over a dozen players on COVID reserve this week.