Although their top four recipients and two starting center-backs are in the COVID-19 reserve, the show must be played between the Browns and the Jets on Sunday. The NFL made sure everyone else was safe.
NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told cleveland.com: “As we have pointed out throughout the year, clubs are very aware that we will make all reasonable efforts in accordance with basic health and safety principles to participate as scheduled. All regular seasons and playoffs.”
“According to the jointly developed NFL-NFLPA agreement, medical experts determined that there is no risk of further spread of the virus between teams or institutions, and the game can be played safely as planned.”
Landry, Higgins, People-Jones and 3 others are included in the COVID-19 reserve
Brown’s guard BJ Goodson tested the virus on Saturday morning, and five players were identified as high-risk contacts: recipients Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge, and a rookie guard Jacob Phillips. The six will sit down in Sunday’s game against the 1-13 Jets-the Browns can get some help in their first playoff spot since 2002-Goodson must also play against the Steelers next week Enter the final in the game.
“The league communicates with the club throughout the year, and this season must be different, and competition concerns will be a secondary factor in the health and safety of players and personnel. When club personnel or facilities have problems, the club bears the burden. All decisions on where the games will be transferred this season are to ensure the health and safety of participants and personnel. “
McCarthy pointed out that competition issues are not included in the decision on when to reschedule. The Broncos must play without a quarterback, losing to the Saints 31-3. The Patriots must play without Cam Newton and lose to the Chiefs 26-10.
McCarthy said: “This is similar to other situations earlier this season, where the club lost players (49ers, Packers, Raiders) due to matches or practice,” “We have identified the close contacts of active participants and are requesting It was deleted within five days of the game. Even though the 49ers lost multiple WRs and Packers lost multiple RBs, this still allowed 49ers/Packers to play. The Raiders’ entire offensive line was determined to be an aggressive player’s high People who are close contacts at risk and did not have any practice time during the game that week.
On the contrary, due to medical reasons, some games were moved, including the Steelers-Ravens game which was finally played on December 2. Ravens has 23 players who tested positive, and Browns has 1 player. Robert Griffin replaced Lamar Jackson, who lost the game 19-14.
McCarthy said: “We postponed the game to ensure that we have confidence in the existence of the virus.” “We believe that we have adequately tracked the virus and determined that people at risk continue to play the game, and the risk of participants has not increased. Even though. That way, due to positive cases and close relationships, there are no 10 players in the Ravens active lineup.
At 9-5, the defending North Asian football champion tried to win and return to the playoffs.
McCarthy said: “This situation is similar to the game involving Titans and Patriots that was postponed at the beginning of the season.” “In both cases, the game didn’t start until we caught the spread of the virus in the facility. Even so. , Patriots Cam Newton (Cam Newton) still missed a game after going through a frontal test.”
He explained that since some previous situations, contact tracking has improved and the league is better able to identify high-risk players who are in a positive state.
He said: “Working closely with NFLPA, we identified these people and dismissed them from the team for five days.” “So far, more than 25 people have been identified as high-risk close contacts, and their attitude has changed. Be active.”
If Landry and other high-risk players continue to test negative, they are likely to rejoin the team on Thursday and will face the Steelers in the season finals, which may determine the AFC Champions League. Goodson must withdraw from this game because players who test positive must leave the team for at least 10 days.
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