The NFL announced Friday afternoon that three Week 15 games have been rescheduled because of COVID-19 outbreaks. The Browns, Rams and Washington Football Team have each placed more than 20 players on their COVID lists.
“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 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 schedule look like now?
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What are the NFL Week 15 schedule changes?
- The Raiders vs. Browns game has been moved from Saturday, Dec. 18 to Monday, Dec. 20. It will start at 5 p.m. ET.
The Seahawks vs. Rams game has been moved from Sunday, Dec. 19 to Tuesday, Dec. 21. It will start at 7 p.m. ET.
The Washington Football Team vs. Eagles game has been moved from Sunday, Dec. 19 to Tuesday, Dec. 21. It will start at 7 p.m. ET.
Why did the NFL change the dates and times of Week 15 games?
In a memo to all 32 teams, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell explained that the emergence of the Omicron variant “warrants a flexible response” from the league.
“Based on medical advice, we have instituted additional protocols as well as revised testing protocols for reinstating players and staff who have tested positive,” Goodell said. “We have also considered whether certain games should be rescheduled in light of current conditions.”
Goodell added that the NFL doesn’t anticipate those three games will have to be rescheduled again for later in the week and noted that the league will “make every effort, consistent with underlying health and safety principles, to play our full schedule within the current 18 weeks.”
“We are continuing 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 NFL Week 15 schedule
(All times Eastern)
Thursday, Dec. 16
|Chiefs 34, Chargers 28 (OT)||8:20 p.m.||FOX|
Saturday, Dec. 18
|Patriots vs. Colts||8:15 p.m.||NFL Network|
Sunday, Dec. 19
|Panthers vs. 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 p.m.||CBS|
|Falcons vs. 49ers||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Packers vs. Ravens||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|Saints vs. Buccaneers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
Monday, Dec. 20
|Raiders vs. Browns||5 p.m.||NFL Network|
|Vikings vs. Bears||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
Tuesday, Dec. 21
|Seahawks vs. Rams||7 p.m.||FOX|
|Washington Football Team vs. Eagles||7 p.m.||FOX|
NFL standings 2021
Eliminated from playoff contention: Jaguars, Jets, Texans
|7.||Washington Football Team||6-7||.462|
Eliminated from playoff contention: Lions