The National Football League has postponed games for the first time in any season due to COVID-19 outbreaks that have necessitated the postponement of three upcoming competitions from the weekend to early next week, announced on Friday. the league.
The Cleveland Browns, who were scheduled to face the Las Vegas Raiders in a Week 15 meeting on Saturday, will now host the game on Monday, the NFL said in a press release. The Seattle Seahawks-Los Angeles Rams and Washington Football Team-Philadelphia Eagles games that were originally scheduled for Sunday will now take place on Tuesday.
The move by the NFL, which has discussed the measures with the NFL Players Association, comes as the highly contagious Omicron variant threatens to escalate an already alarming wave of COVID-19 cases in North America. “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 in the league,” said the NFL in a statement. Release.
Cleveland, which is one game away from first place in the AFC North Division, placed around 20 players, including their two quarterbacks, on the reserve / COVID-19 roster this week. Former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller was one of nine Rams added to the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Thursday, according to the NFL website, with a total of 25 franchise players. on the list.
Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke was placed on the roster on Friday amid reports the team now has more than 20 players on the roster.
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