League has had no discussions on a full Week 12 cancellation

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Rumors currently are flying that the league may cancel all games this weekend. They are strictly rumors, and the NFL says they aren’t true.

Per the league, there has been no discussion on the possibility of pulling the plug on Week 12.

This doesn’t change the fact that the rumor is running rampant; the league’s position potentially will extinguish it. That said, if a cancellation of Week 12 were to happen, some league insiders believe it actually would make sense.

Apart from the ongoing issues in Baltimore and Pittsburgh and the fact that the Broncos have lost all their quarterbacks, the fact that players and coaches gathered with out-of-town visitors for Thanksgiving sets the stage for a potential problem. The league already has ordered all team facilities shuttered on Monday and Tuesday, given that so many team personnel gathered on Thursday with people who had traveled from other cities and states.

So if any of those players and coaches caught the virus and if they flip from negative to positive on Sunday morning and if they shed virus all day in the locker room and on the sideline and on the field before finding out tomorrow night after PCR tests are generated that they were positive all along, the walls could come crumbling down for the league.

The easiest solution, then, could be this: Move Week 12 to Week 18. Or, even better, move Week 12 to Week 17 and move Week 17 to Week 18.

Again, the league says there’s been no discussion of cancelling Week 12. Given what’s currently happening, however, it’s not hard to make the case that maybe there should be.

35 responses to “League has had no discussions on a full Week 12 cancellation

  1. Simple solution makes to much sense to add a week 18. The team that already played would be off and the Cowboys , Lions and Texans seasons would be over anyways. Imagine a week 18 STEELERS VS RAVENS matchup flexed to that Sunday night! What kinda ratings would that get!!

  2. This article feels a little like fanning the flames to me.

    It’s gonna come out that the Denver QBs were yucking it up in close quarters/contact without wearing masks or doing their best to be six feet apart. Forgot Bortels was still in the NFL & it blows my mind that the practice squad QB would not be kept away from a QB meeting room when one of the three (Driskel) QBs would be a healthy scratch.

  3. Oh.Em.Gee. What will we ever do without football? I’m actually shocked the league has gone this far without shutting things down. Nice try guys. Sincerely.

  4. But for the ones allowed to comment, they sure want it cancelled…

    Fan the flames is right!

  5. this season will not be completed. America is in for a world of hurt. You simply cannot put the genet back in the bottle in a week.

  6. They have already played two games in week twelve. Play the rest of the week 12 schedule! If the NFL wants to regroup, cancel week 13, for everybody.

  7. I thought there was a competive balance committee? How can they say that the Titans game should be moved earlier in the season because too many players were out, but that a team like the Broncos with NO available QB’s isn’t?

  8. This thing will be over in two weeks if they do not shut it down know and move it to a bubble!

  9. I love it when a journalist talks about rumors running rampant. We all know where these supposed rumors originate; in the media! The arrogance of these people is amazing; not just in sports.

  10. “…the fact that players and coaches gathered with out-of-town visitors for Thanksgiving sets the stage for a potential problem…”

    That is not a fact. It is your belief. You might want to restate that in the article.

  11. If there was a real concern for safety and the quality of the on field product, play would be suspended. Ignoring the nationwide problem is not a solution.

  12. joestemme says:
    November 28, 2020 at 10:06 pm
    I thought there was a competive balance committee? How can they say that the Titans game should be moved earlier in the season because too many players were out, but that a team like the Broncos with NO available QB’s isn’t?
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    The competition committee only exists to create more penalties and telling teams who to interview.

  13. The most disciplined teams are getting through this, but geez that’s hard given all the individuals involved as teams are only as strong as their weakest link. There are a lot of links.

  14. This proves that the NFL has no contingency plans and is just “winging” it week to week. They’ve had their heads in the sand regarding this virus all season. They were just hoping & praying to get to the end of the season.
    The wheels are beginning to fall off now. A game tomorrow with a team that has no available QB’s on the roster. Games being pushed back until there’s no more room to push them back.
    Typical Goodell. Waits until the ship starts sinking to ask if there’s any life boats.

  15. If one good thing came out of COVID, it’s that this is by far the most memorable and interesting NFL season I’ve seen in a while. Whichever team wins this season’s Lombardi deserves some major props for persevering through this unprecedented hardship

  16. The league couldn’t care less about the safety of its players, fans, and coaches, or they would have actually tried to do something besides wearing chin straps and calling it a “mask”. Teams should have been in a bubble or the season should have been pared down, but can’t tell the rich old white guys who own the league that their money might have to stop!

  17. This could get beyond messy…try dangerous! It would be smart to cancel the rest of week 12 (maybe even 13) with a serious try for containment. Plus, how many teams are playing 3rd and 4th string players or RBs playing QB (Royce Freeman Denver) move week 12 to week 17/18. Play it safe or there wont be a season.

  18. “purple-guy says: The most disciplined teams are getting through this, but geez that’s hard given all the individuals involved as teams are only as strong as their weakest link. There are a lot of links.”

    Very well said

  19. If the league cancelled week 12 on such short notice, the blow back from the TV networks would be immense and costly. Remember, the NFL is driven by one thing and one thing only. The $bottom line$.

  20. Uh, you cant cancel week 12 without going back in time. And they do need to respect the games played, those are not bells that can be unrung.

  21. Imagine if from the start, most Americans were serious about defeating this virus (mask-wearing, social distancing) instead of trying to dispute basic high school biology. We could be in a situation similar to Australia and New Zealand by now.

    No, it wouldn’t be eliminated, but we’d be in a much better place.

    See all of the thumbs-downs to this post and you’ll see what I mean.

  22. snowlock2013 says:
    November 28, 2020 at 11:15 pm
    Isn’t the easiest solution just to flat out cancel the week without playing it?
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    That would cost the owners hundreds of millions of dollars and the players wouldn’t be paid. Not happening.

  23. I used to think that canceling the college and pro football seasons was a good idea..My opinion has changed..If you honestly observe the safety measures taken by 18-35 year old males you will also come to the opinion that they are safer playing football

  24. snowlock2013 says:
    November 28, 2020 at 11:15 pm
    Isn’t the easiest solution just to flat out cancel the week without playing it?
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    They’ve already played 2 week 12 games, remember Thanksgiving? So, no, they can’t cancel the whole week.

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