The NFL announced Friday afternoon that three Week 15 games were rescheduled due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The Browns, Rams and Washington Football Team have each placed more than 20 players on their COVID rosters.
“We made these schedule changes based on medical advice and after discussing them with the NFLPA, as we are seeing a new highly communicable form of the virus this week, resulting in a substantial increase in cases across the league.” the NFL said in a statement. “We continue to make decisions in consultation with medical experts to ensure the health and safety of the NFL community.”
What does the Week 15 calendar look like now?
What are the schedule changes for Week 15 of the NFL?
- The game Raiders vs. Browns moved from Saturday, December 18 to Monday, December 20. It will start at 5 pm ET.
The Seahawks vs. Rams moved from Sunday, December 19 to Tuesday, December 21. It will start at 7 pm ET.
The Washington Football Team vs. Eagles moved from Sunday, December 19, to Tuesday, December 21. It will start at 7 pm ET.
Why did the NFL change the dates and times of the Week 15 games?
In a memorandum to the 32 teamsNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explained that the emergence of the Omicron variant “guarantees a flexible response” from the league.
“Based on medical advice, we have instituted additional protocols as well as revised testing protocols to reintegrate players and staff who tested positive,” Goodell said. “We have also considered whether certain games should be rescheduled in light of current conditions.”
Goodell added that the NFL does not anticipate those three games will have to be rescheduled again for later in the week, noting that the league “will do everything possible, in accordance with underlying health and safety principles, to play our full schedule within of the current 18 weeks “.
“We continue to work with the NFLPA and our respective medical experts to evaluate and make appropriate modifications to our protocols to ensure that we can complete what has been an exciting and competitive season,” Goodell said.
Full schedule for week 15 of the NFL
(All the eastern time)
Thursday December 16
|Chiefs 34, Chargers 28 (overtime)||8:20 pm||FOX|
Saturday, December 18
|Patriots vs. Colts||8:15 pm||NFL Network|
Sunday December 19
|Panthers against bills||1 p. M.||FOX|
|Cardinals vs. Lions||1 p. M.||FOX|
|Texans vs. Jaguars||1 p. M.||CBS|
|Jets vs. dolphins||1 p. M.||CBS|
|Cowboys vs. Giants||1 p. M.||FOX|
|Titans vs. Steelers||1 p. M.||CBS|
|Bengals vs. Broncos||4:05 pm||CBS|
|Falcons vs. 49ers||4:05 pm||CBS|
|Packers vs. Crows||4:25 pm||FOX|
|Saints vs. Buccaneers||8:20 pm||NBC|
Monday December 20
|Raiders vs. Browns||5 p. M.||NFL Network|
|Vikings vs. Bears||8:15 pm||ESPN|
Tuesday December 21
|Seahawks vs. Rams||7 pm||FOX|
|Washington Soccer Team vs. Eagles||7 pm||FOX|
2021 NFL standings
Eliminated from playoff contention: Jaguars, Jets, Texans
|7.||Washington football team||6-7||.462|
Eliminated from playoff contention: Lions