NFL refused Broncos’ request to delay game until Monday

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The Broncos have no quarterbacks today. If their game against the Saints had been played on Monday, multiple quarterbacks would have been eligible to return from the COVID-19 list. However, the league declined to delay the game by a day.

Per a league source, the Broncos tried unsuccessfully on Saturday to persuade the NFL to postpone the game until Monday night.

The attempt included a forceful effort by team president Joe Ellis, G.M. John Elway, and coach Vic Fangio to persuade the league to grant them a one-day delay. Although some have suggested that the team’s ongoing lack of an owner hurt the effort, Elway has juice; he’s on the league’s Competition Committee.

Even if Denver were run by an owner with clout, the game wasn’t moving. The league has made it clear that games won’t be delayed for competitive reasons, and that only an ongoing, uncontained outbreak (like in Baltimore) will buy time.

The objective has become: (1) COVID-19 safety; and (2) getting the games in. As long as any outbreak has ended, the games will be played — even if one of the teams has no quarterback, no offensive linemen, no whatever.

While the absence of key players (especially blockers) can enhance the physical risk to other players during games, that consideration has been abandoned — if it ever even was one. Once the league knows that it’s safe to play from the standpoint of the pandemic, football will be played with whoever is available to play.

With the exception of, as the Broncos learned, assistant coaches or other non-players.

16 responses to “NFL refused Broncos’ request to delay game until Monday

  1. The NFL’s inconsistency & incoherence is appalling.
    Their entire handling of this whole thing appears to be by the seat of their pants.

  2. It’s pretty clear the league is trying to help get Lamar into the playoffs. And they’d rather give the Saints a glorified bye than be fair to the Broncos.

  3. Yet the NFL makes special rules for the ravens and Titans. Vrabel gets all the special treatment just like in New England. Probably why Goodell bends over backwards to help the titans as much as he can, so vrabel never talks about the blatant cheating that was allowed for brady and the patriots when he was playing

  4. How do they know that there is no outbreak as the entire country is testing positive? One Steelers comes down with case of coronavirus and they get to move their game.

  5. dejadoh says:
    November 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm
    How do they know that there is no outbreak as the entire country is testing positive? One Steelers comes down with case of coronavirus and they get to move their game.

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    The game was moved for the ravens. Not the Steelers. This game was supposed to be played 3 days ago.

  6. I like the decision. I don’t care what players you don’t have. As long as you have eleven men on the field, you play the damn game. Move on.

  7. I think the NFL is making the Broncos pay the price for their QBs not wearing masks.

  8. Unbelievable. Masks are useless and there’s not a Pandemic. I know I’ll be criticized for this, but tired of the lies and sheepletons not thinking on their own.

  9. Tim says:
    November 29, 2020 at 4:08 pm
    Unbelievable. Masks are useless and there’s not a Pandemic. I know I’ll be criticized for this, but tired of the lies and sheepletons not thinking on their own.

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    Moron

  10. Tim says “Unbelievable. Masks are useless and there’s not a Pandemic. I know I’ll be criticized for this, but tired of the lies and sheepletons not thinking on their own.”

    The simple definition of a pandemic is Event in which a disease spreads across several countries and affects a large number of people.

    Pretty hard to deny we are experiencing a pandemic. But I know you have and will probably continue to do so. Regarding your expert opinion on the value of masks, might I ask what your expertise is? With 40 years in Public Health I can say masks can help. Very far from perfect. Frankly any barrier at all is better than no barrier. If someone sneezes in your face would you rather have your hand over you face or nothing at all?

    You speak lies to truth and seem not to be thinking on your own. Sheepleton indeed.

    To the real topic at hand. If I were part of the Bronco organization I would be pissed after New England got two postponements before playing the Broncos.

  11. If you think the NFL is doing anything to help the saints…. god help you

  12. The NFL should have allowed the team to dig up a warm body.
    What they put forward was garbage.
    It wasn’t a game.

  13. Sounds like a lot of biased crap to me. If yer gonna give slack due to the virus give it to all needy teams. If the league is so concerned with the health of ALL players give all teams an extension or none of the teams extensions. Baltimore could’ve dug into their practice squad !!! Make em play or forfeit

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