NFLPA pushes for postponements, ponders the possibility of shutting things down for a week

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The NFL has one overriding motivation when it comes to the pandemic. To play all games as scheduled.

The NFL Players Association has a different viewpoint. The union is aggressively pushing the league to postpone Saturday’s game between the Raiders and Browns, given the number of Cleveland players who are on COVID reserve. The league has said that won’t happen.

More broadly, the union believes that any teams in enhanced protocols should have their games delayed, if necessary. The union wants the teams to have as many of their best players available. It’s a safety issue, both as it relates to the ongoing spread of the virus and as it relates to having too many unfit or unprepared players thrust into NFL action. The union also is concerned about competitive integrity issues arising from, for example, the Browns having neither Baker Mayfield nor Case Keenum available to play quarterback on Saturday.

Some in the NFLPA actually have suggested the possibility of shutting the season down for a weekend, pushing everything back by one week and eliminating the bye week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. That’s definitely not happening.

None of it is happening. The league is getting these games in. Too much money is riding on it, from ticket sales to TV revenue.

As it relates to the Raiders-Browns game, the fact that it’s one of the games exclusively televised by NFL Network becomes an issue. The league need to broadcast a minimum number of games on NFLN to justify the monthly fees charged to cable, satellite, and streaming companies. Taking away a standalone game exclusive to NFLN would create a real problem for the league.

31 responses to “NFLPA pushes for postponements, ponders the possibility of shutting things down for a week

  1. We are talking about competitive balance when last year we saw in the same week the NFL postpone steelers Ravens from Thursday to the following Wednesday and also not move Broncos Saints resulting in the Broncos not having a QB

  2. Play the games or we could end up with another situation like what happened to Pittsburgh last year. If a player does not feel comfortable playing for health reasons allow them to sit out. It a slippery slope once they start postponing games.

  3. It cold season everyone. This happens every year. Since the begining of time. Quit over reacting. This is beyond old at this point.

  4. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    December 16, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    Too bad Cleveland. You knew the rules. Every team knows the rules.
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    Cleveland’s not fighting for their competitiveness in games, they are fighting for player safety. Pay close attention to what’s going on here. It’s not about one team. It’s about the league and how the protocols in place are flawed.

  5. What’s a week off going to do? This is going to get worse before it gets better. In terms of positives.

  6. First of all, just because the league is incentivesed to hold the games doesn’t mean they are wrong to do so.
    Second, everyday testing is not the only option-good idea though it may be. That move would be a double cross on the players that chose to be vaccinated, perhaps for the added conveniences of doing so.
    As for the NFLPA saying only the elite players are safe on the field? Please. Next man up!

  7. browns2022 says:
    December 16, 2021 at 9:06 pm
    KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    December 16, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    Too bad Cleveland. You knew the rules. Every team knows the rules.
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    Cleveland’s not fighting for their competitiveness in games, they are fighting for player safety. Pay close attention to what’s going on here. It’s not about one team. It’s about the league and how the protocols in place are flawed.
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    Nope. That’s what the extra guys on practice squads are for. You bring them up and you play them. Or maybe they should be having their backup qb not in close contact with the everyone. I don’t know. Don’t care. They knew the rules. Now play the game with whoever doesn’t have Covid.

  8. It cold season everyone. This happens every year. Since the begining of time. Quit over reacting. This is beyond old at this point.
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    This is why we’re in year 3 of Covid: 70% of us are trying to do our jobs and then 30% are just in their own little worlds, rowing in the opposite direction, pretending that everything is normal.

  9. They had two seasons to get this right—and failed. Covid is running rampant in the league because they have no strict protocols in place, and players too stupid to follow them even if they did. We’re heading into the playoffs and star players will be missing, damaging the legitimacy of the season.

  10. Maybe I should have clarified…the Browns aren’t asking for postponement as some commenters are implying. They are asking for protocols that make sense like don’t test after practice, test before practice so positive players don’t spread the virus. The only postponement called on by the NFLPA is a league wide bye week to stop the outbreaks. If you keep playing, eventually the outbreaks will spread to opposing teams.

  11. We shall see if the NFL sticks to the rules about COVID they made before the season. They had said there will be no postponements and if a team didn’t have enough players, they would have to forfeit.

    Really not sure what they are going to do. Shutting it down for a week will make little difference.

    This all stems from their policy to only test vaccinated players once a week (While testing unvaxxed every day).Vaxxed people can still catch and spread COVID, even if they feel ok.

  12. I don’t understand why this Country is so full of idiots. The problem is everyone seems to think that being vaccinated gives you freedoms to just do as you please. It doesn’t. Responsible people should still take precautions. You should still wear a mask. You should still distance yourselves. Even though you are vaccinated you can STILL contract the virus. YOU WILL STILL SPREAD THE VIRUS!!! The NFL should know this. It’s been scientifically proven. The vaccinated people are just as responsible for spreading the virus as anyone else. Why are so many not taking simple steps to protect themselves, loved ones, teammates and other staff members? It’s simple people…wear a mask, social distance yourself, do what you have to do do be available to play on Sunday. Stop crying about being tested or being asked to wear a mask. It’s common sense and it’s human decency. Oh wait….Theron lies the problem. This Country has no human decency left

  13. Extend the season one week. What is the problem? The Super Bowl is in Los Angeles; unlikely a snow problem arises…

  14. Vaccinated people think they can just do as they please after a few shots. They are spreading Omicron like crazy. There is no Omicron vaccine people, try to think of others please.

  15. I don’t think there has been single team that hasn’t lost players this year due to Covid. Why should any of these teams not have to deal with it like the other ones did? To push this game back a week, what happens in the playoffs when this happens?

    The NFL made it clear at the beginning of the season what would happen if a team didn’t have enough players to play. Forfeit.

  16. The nba got it right and the nfl totally botched this. Unvaccinated people dont play. No testing needed for vacinated players. Its really that simple.

  17. This should teach them a lesson for next season four things the whole next season has the protocols now in place , 2 extra bye weeks for makeup games , 2 weeks not one after the last two teams are decided the super bowl is played , If you are not fully vaccinated you can not play immunized players can just stay home .

  18. Somebody had a great idea cancel this weeks games and play just 16 weeks as usual any division
    games lost this week will still be played a non division game would be sacrificed i doubt anyone
    has only all division games left so this is very doable this should be the NFLPA STANCE .

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