When will Raiders vs. Browns be played? Week 15 game pushed back amid wave of COVID-positive tests

As the Browns’ COVID roster continues to grow, so do the calls to postpone their game against the Raiders on Saturday.

Cleveland is in the midst of the AFC playoff chase, but if it had its game on Saturday, it would be playing the contest severely understaffed, with 11 starters already placed on the COVID roster.

At the beginning of the week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that there were 37 positive tests, the most in the NFL since the COVID-19 pandemic began. That number has only increased, and the Browns are one of several teams that have already reached the total of 20 players who tested positive this week.

If the game were to go ahead, neither Browns starting quarterback Baker Mayfield nor backup Case Keenum would be able to participate in the game. Instead, the team would turn to Nick Mullens, who started eight games for the 49ers in 2020 and finished the year with 12 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and 2,437 passing yards.

Sporting News is tracking the latest on Saturday’s game, which is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET, and will update the post with the latest developments.

Browns vs. Raiders News Updates for Week 15 Game

NFL Officials Postponement; game to be played on NFL Network

The league has officially announced that the game will be delayed. It is scheduled to air on the NFL Network at 5 pm ET, beginning a few hours before the “Monday Night Football” showdown between the Vikings and Bears.

Browns-Raiders moved to Monday

According to Josina Anderson, the game was postponed to Monday. Albert Breer reports that the game will take place at 5 pm ET.

Is a postponement looming?

ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported that the NFL and NFLPA are discussing moving the game to Monday or Tuesday. The decision could come soon.

Another Cleveland starter

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney became the latest member of the team to test positive. ESPN’s Field Yates said there are 11 Cleveland starters who won’t be able to play Saturday.

Joe Thomas says ‘stay tuned’

Does Joe Thomas know something the rest of the NFL world doesn’t? He appeared to indicate so, apparently saying to “stay tuned” regarding the state of play on Saturday.

NFLPA pushing hard to postpone

According to ProFootballTalk, the NFLPA has been “aggressively pushing” for the game to be postponed. He stated that there are concerns about “the safety of the player and the integrity of the game.”

Case Keenum added to COVID list

Keenum tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, forcing the Browns to turn to third quarterback Nick Mullens for Saturday’s game.

Baker Mayfield and Kevin Stefanski included in the COVID list

The Browns were already struggling with COVID-19, but both their starting quarterback and head coach tested positive on Wednesday. While he did not rule out the possibility of their availability in Saturday’s game, he cast doubt on whether they would be available. Mayfield would have to test negative twice before the start of the game, and the two tests would have to be separated by at least 24 hours.