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The NFL announced on Friday there would be a few schedule changes to Week 15’s matchups due to COVID-depleted rosters, starting with Saturday’s game as the Las Vegas Raiders were slated to travel to face the Cleveland Browns.
While the Saturday game has been moved to Monday, some members of the Raiders took to social media to share their thoughts.
Raiders cornerback Casey Hayward sarcastically pointed out that Cleveland Browns center J.C. Tretter, who also serves as the NFLPA president, lobbying to give teams more time to prepare due to the COVID outbreaks “didn’t have any effect.”
“I’m sure the [NFLPA] president playing for the Browns didn’t have any effect on these negotiations,” Hayward wrote.
Hours later, Hayward said he was “still hot about the game being moved” and wish the Browns players well.
Raiders linebacker K.J. Wright also tweeted that he thought something fishy was going on saying, “We agreed that their wouldn’t be any postponed game this season right?!”
Wright wrote that he believes if the roles were reversed, his team would be playing still with no postponements.
As of Friday afternoon, Cleveland has 24 players on their reserve/COVID-19 list including quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, offensive guard Wyatt Teller, tight end Austin Hooper and left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski also tested positive, and the team has been in enhanced COVID mitigation protocols since earlier in the week.
Despite the NFL telling teams before the season that it would not move games this season due to COVID-19 outbreaks — teams would instead forfeit — the league moved multiple Week 15 contests. So the Raiders and Browns weren’t the only teams to see their schedule change.
The league said in a statement it continues to make decisions with medical experts to ensure the health and safety of the NFL community.
“We have made these schedule changes based on medical advice and after discussion with the NFLPA as we are seeing a new, highly transmissible form of the virus this week resulting in a substantial increase in cases across the league,” the NFL said.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 teams explaining Friday’s changes to the schedule and said, “The emergence of the Omicron variant is precisely the kind of change that warrants a flexible response.”
Week 15’s updated schedule can be seen below:
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