“No discussion” of changing status of Saturday’s Browns-Raiders game

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The Browns have a full-blown COVID outbreak. They play in three days, against the Raiders.

According to the league, the game is still on.

“There’s been no discussion of changing the game’s status,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email.

The league’s attitude continues to be that the games will be played. With 69 total players available and up to 48 in uniform on game day, that’s a 21-man buffer, already built in.

The real question is how few are too few for a team to safely and responsibly play? Forty? Thirty-five? Thirty? It’s somewhere between 48 and 11, and it’s probably closer to 11 than 48.

Between now and Saturday, we may find out what the number is. Until then, the league office will shed no tears and pull no plugs.

Besides, what would the league do? Delaying the game by a day may only make things worse. And cancelling games (with refunding of tickets and TV rights) isn’t an acceptable option. The only viable plan is to keep going, even if it means allowing the Browns to sign new players on an emergency basis in the name of ensuring that they have 11 players for offense, 11 players for defense, and someone who can kick, punt, and snap.

37 responses to ““No discussion” of changing status of Saturday’s Browns-Raiders game

  1. Uncle Rico and Al Bundy are going to end up starting under center by the time this is done.

  2. Good. I remember last year when the entire Raiders offensive line couldn’t practice the week leading up to the game, and not only did the league not move it back, they actually moved it up from an 8:00 start to an afternoon start.

  3. Here’s a big piece of data that the NFL should keep an eye on:

    How many of the COVID positive players and staff across the league end up hospitalized? It will very likely be zero.

  4. Delay it like you did for the STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Plus Tuesday football is awesome!

  5. They’ve managed to play every game the last two years. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The league knows best.

  6. How about just letting them play? If they had the flu, they’d play. Protocols don’t work. Vaccines prevent deaths but not the spread of the virus. Get vaccinated to stay alive and then just live normally.

  7. If it was the Stealers, Ravens, Bucs, Packers it would be a different story. We all know the NFL’s golden children.

  8. As a browns fan, I’m fine if they don’t reschedule. Playing your backups is part of the game. It would suck but hey that’s life. However, if this happens to a team during the playoffs and the league reschedules one of those games, then it would be BS. As long as there is consistency, I think that is sufficient.

  9. I would understand if they didn’t, but to say no discussions? For the Nfl to not exhaust all efforts to put the best product on the field is proof that this is more of a show and not about premier competition.

  10. The Steelers been down to their fourth string left guard the last two games. They have been playing with a couple third string defensive lineman all year. And they even had a game without their kicker for three quarters. The only part that was due to Covid was missing the second string left guard. Look at teams like the Ravens who have nearly 20 players on injured reserve. There is no delaying games or allowing extra players in these situations, so why suggest changing the rules for a Covid outbreak. Play On!

  11. Maybe theres a chance for my Raiders after all but no Waller. I still see the Browns winning, Kennum is an upgrade at QB.

  12. bobsacamano2 says:
    December 15, 2021 at 11:06 am
    How about just letting them play? If they had the flu, they’d play. Protocols don’t work. Vaccines prevent deaths but not the spread of the virus. Get vaccinated to stay alive and then just live normally.

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    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said 30% of recent virus related deaths in the state are fully vaccinated people.

  13. Uh we steeler fans didn’t want that ravens game delayed. Totally screwed the Steelers momentum for the rest of the season

  14. chickensalad43 says:
    December 15, 2021 at 10:42 am
    Here’s a big piece of data that the NFL should keep an eye on:

    How many of the COVID positive players and staff across the league end up hospitalized? It will very likely be zero.

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    Just in one ear and out the other, jeez.

    Preventing the spread of something that can mutate easily, preventing the spread of something a player can take home an infect a vaccinated elderly person who can potentially end up in the hospital preventing spread to children who are not vaxxed.

    What more do you need to know? No one wants this around forever and even if it doesn’t go away – we need to get to a point where it’s more contained.

    Kudos to those players who have fake vaccination cards – great teammates!

  15. bolognajones says:
    December 15, 2021 at 10:42 am
    Delay the game till Tuesday! You did it for the Steelers and ravens last year!!!

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    They wouldn’t do it for the Saints/Broncos, though.

  16. Oh please these analyst need something to write about. The fact the league expanded the practice squads and liberalized the use of it, they pre empted any games being delayed or not played at all.
    The teams know this. You make due period. You got your bonus in the mail its the practice squad and expanded rosters.

  17. If only those 75 were vaccinated, none of this would be happening, right?

    In my opinion there are 3 options

    1)Keep developing new vaccines in hope that someday one will be effective
    2)Everybody on the planet locking themselves up in their homes for a month
    3)Learning to live with this virus by realizing that disease and sickness have always been, and will always be part of our existence – and practice good common sense life habits to mitigate the situation.

  18. This is scripted like WWE. The NFL is doing this to hype curiosity ratings for a weak Saturday 4:30 game. Browns won the game short-handed and the set up the Packers – Browns game on Christmas Day. Oh the intrigue!

  19. and practice good common sense life habits to mitigate the situation.

    And there is the problem, nobody can agree on what that means.

  20. chickensalad43 says:
    December 15, 2021 at 10:42 am
    Here’s a big piece of data that the NFL should keep an eye on:

    How many of the COVID positive players and staff across the league end up hospitalized? It will very likely be zero.
    ______________________________________________

    Missing the point of Covid protocols all together. It’s the spread of Covid, not the the hospitalization of the players. You’re literally flying across the country and back bringing it to a community full of people that won’t be so lucky to not end up very sick or in hospital. Stop thinking of Covid as a singular problem, it’s a community problem.

  21. Since this is not one of Roger’s very protected teams (KC and Pitt) that get very favorable calls on a regular basis and a definite look the other way for player’s action that will be a no on rescheduling. Would be a much different story if it was Mahomes.

  22. Flex the Browns game to next Thursday. Two games that night. And then Flex the Chargers v Chiefs to Saturday. Tv stations get their share of games and fans get hopefully games with most players over covid protocols.

  23. there’s always something peculiar and fishy every time we play the raiders. this appears to be no different.

  24. If it was the Raiders the game would be forfeited, we’d be fined $1 million, lose a 3rd rounder from next year and then Burfict would be suspended an additional 2 games.

  25. Fans pay to see a competitive performance. If the roster is cut by 50%, ticket holders should demand a 50% refund. Imagine buying a brand new car with 3 wheels and no steering wheel charging full price.

  26. Browns knocked out of the pkayoffs because of covid. This will never happen in the playoffs. Mark my words. Too much money involved.

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