Will the Browns Raiders game be postponed or canceled?


CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns, like several other National Football League teams, are in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak involving individuals who have been vaccinated and, in some cases, boosted.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield and five other players joined head coach Kevin Stefanski today and eight players placed on the reserve / COVID-19 roster yesterday, as well as three others who were on the roster previously.

So what happens when a list is decimated by positive cases of COVID-19? Here are the rules the NFL set this summer.

The League will make all reasonable efforts, in accordance with the underlying health and safety principles, to complete the full 272-game regular season in the current 18 weeks and all playoff games as scheduled, in a safe and responsible manner. This is based on a commitment to players, coaches, fans and business partners. We do not plan to add a “19th week” to accommodate games that cannot be rescheduled during the current 18 weeks of the regular season.

The NFL has made it clear that postponing games will not be something they would like to do. In the first season with 17 games on the schedule, the league said it did not plan to add another week to the schedule to play postponed games.

But postponements, although not a “right” for clubs, can happen this season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this summer that, although unlikely, postponements can occur if “required by government authorities, medical experts or at the discretion of the commissioner.”

The league is reverting to its roster flexibility rules, with COVID-19 elevations and additional practice space among rules carried over from last season, as a reason it won’t postpone or reschedule matches “just for the sake of it. avoid line-up problems caused by injury or illness affecting multiple players, even within a group of positions. “

While a postponement of Saturday’s Browns game is possible, an NFL spokesperson issued the following statement regarding the Browns’ COVID-19 outbreak regarding the upcoming game:

There has been no discussion of changing the status of the game.

The silver lining, if one can be found, is that the Browns’ COVID-19 outbreak does not put them at risk of confiscation.

In league rules, if a game cannot be rescheduled during the current 18-week season and was called off due to an outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak would be forced to leave. declare forfeit and credited with a loss.

The Browns are experiencing an epidemic among those vaccinated, so the forfeiture rule does not apply.

So if the game is not rescheduled and it seems to move in that direction, the Browns might find themselves having to put a starting lineup of practice squad players and free agent additions on the table. field Saturday.

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