Faced with the substantial increase in COVID-19 cases in teams, the NFL made the decision to postpone three games that were due to be played this weekend.
The duel between Washington Football Team Y Philadelphia Eagles, in addition to the confrontation between Seattle Seahawks and the Angeles Rams, were displaced from Sunday to Tuesday.
The Las Vegas Raiders, for their part, would face the Cleveland Browns this Saturday, but they will finally meet until Monday.
“We have made these schedule changes based on medical advice and after discussion with the NFL Players Association,” the NFL said in a statement.
“This week we are seeing a new and highly communicable form of the virus that has caused a substantial increase in cases across the league,” the competition said.
The Cleveland Browns, for example, they had 24 players on their casualty list on Friday due to coronavirus, including his’quarterback‘ Baker Mayfield and a dozen headlines. The Rams’ roster numbered 25 players, including star catcher Odell Beckham Jr.
On Thursday, the NFL reinforced its coronavirus prevention protocols to curb the increase in cases, which has put a season that had been running with some normality at risk. The rally came amid growing concern over the spread of the omicron variant.
The NFL ruled that all players, coaches and staff must permanently cover their faces, regardless of their vaccination status, and all team meetings must be held outdoors or at a sufficient distance.
Players will not be allowed to dine as a group or receive outside visitors during trips. The league said it would “strongly encourage” players to receive booster shots, without imposing the measure on them.