Over 150 players have arrived at the Reserve/Covid list.
With the playoffs less than a month-away, the NFL is in the middle of a Covid-19 catastrophe. As of Thursday night, an overall of over 150 players was on the league’s list of-players on the ‘Reserve/Covid’ list, with more being-added hourly.
Cleveland has an overall of 22 gamers on the ‘Reserve/Covid’ list, with quarterback-Baker Mayfield ‘slamming’ the NFL for continuing the game as prepared on Saturday rather than delaying the matchup. This will practically definitely indicate a loss for the Browns unless more players are made readily available.
However, the problem extends far beyond the Browns, and we’ve hit a point where Covid procedures will affect games around the entire NFL. It’s prompted the-league to return to its preliminary hardline stance at the start of the pandemic, requiring all-players to wear masks in team facilities and making use of a “grab-and-go” meal service in place of team lunchrooms. It’s unclear what impact-this will have in the long run, though, or whether the damage has currently been done.
While the brand-new rules in location could potentially limit the spread, in the very same breath, the NFL is dramatically reducing the barrier that prevents Covid-positive players from taking the field progressing. Players will now be able to go back to practice and competitors as rapidly as 24 hours following a positive test, offering the player asymptomatic as part of the new league guidelines. This might leave the door open for many Browns players to return in time for their game on Saturday. However, late modifications to the protocol have left the group without many of its essential workers in practice this week.
Essentially, we have the NFL and NFLPA comprising things as they go along to preserve completion of the season. However, we do not know the long-term expense. The league states that two-thirds of its positive tests are among immunized players, keeping in mind the bulk have mild-to-no signs. However, it has been less forthright in describing the influence on unvaccinated players or the minority of vaccinated players with more extreme symptoms.
What remains to be seen-is how the close of the 2021 routine season will play out or be begotten in history. For much of the-NFL, the playoffs have currently been chosen one way or another. Still, we have two bubble teams enormously impacted by Covid in Cleveland and Washington, both of whom are desperately-trying to get in or hold the position in the standings– while the Rams, who are among the dominant groups in the NFC, is intending to get home-field benefit in the playoffs.
With those games slated to continue, as usual, this year might not have to do with the very best team prevailing, but who can get fortunate with tests and have the most asymptomatic players. It’s ludicrous near a season lucky to make it this long without a significant breakout. This is occurring at the worst possible-time. There have been-some suggestions that the league should hold off for 3-4 weeks and reconvene after the holidays in late January to allow teams to get healthy possibly. Still, as it stands, there is no willingness for the-NFL to interrupt their schedule.
Reserve/Covid numbers by team
” I think everybody’s focused on how do we remain safe, how do we do that in the best possible way,” Goodell said. “Dr. Sills has corresponded, in addition to NFLPA medical professionals and our independent professionals is the best method to do that is vaccines and boosters. That is not a full-proof system, but it’s the best way to do that.”
This is no longer just a concern of safety, but fairness– and the method this year is playing out is patently unreasonable to teams that discovered their kind late in the year or who take place to have breakouts on their hands.
Like all things in the league, cash comes first, and everything else is-secondary. The NFL is a-mess, and there’s no indication of things getting better.