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NFL has a potential Week 17 mess on its hands


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The NFL has successfully navigated multiple COVID-19 outbreaks this year, without ever having to pull the pin on an 18th week. #As #Week 17 approaches, the league has one more regular-season challenge.

#With the #Browns apparently in the throes of a full-blown outbreak, #Sunday’s #Steelers-Browns game becomes jeopardized. #Unlike other weeks, however, postponing the contest to #Monday or #Tuesday will serve only to complicate matters on the back end.

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#As one team executive connected to neither the #Browns nor the #Steelers opined to PFT on #Wednesday morning, the league will strongly resist any potential postponement of the game, because of the impact it will have on #Pittsburgh’s preparation for the wild-card round of the playoffs.

#Thus, the league likely will compel the #Browns to play on #Sunday, no matter how many players the #Browns may be missing. #But what if positives keep being generated as #Sunday approaches? The #Browns won’t be able to practice and, at some point, #Cleveland players will become as concerned as #Baltimore players were about returning to the facility and/or entering the stadium locker room and/or being on the sideline with others who may be shedding virus.

#If the game can’t be played, would #Pittsburgh-Cleveland become the #Week 18 game? #That would push the entire postseason back by a full week. #While the league has planned for that eventuality all year long, the sudden possibility of slamming the brakes on the playoffs for a week so that the #Steelers and #Browns can play one last regular-season game makes the prospect of an extra #Sunday seem far less palatable than it did earlier this year.

#Also, would it be fair for the #Steelers for every potential wild-card opponent (except the #Browns) to get a full week off before playing an elimination game?

#Delaying the postseason by a full week also would create more opportunities for other outbreaks, which could further complicate the playoffs, potentially undermining the integrity of the results.

#It’s also possible, if #Pittsburgh-Cleveland can’t safely be played, that the league would cancel the game entirely, if the #Colts lose to the #Jaguars on #Sunday, clinching a playoff berth for the #Browns. #Given that the #Jags have lost 14 games in a row, that seems like a fairly remote possibility.

#So, yes, the #Steelers-Browns game needs to be played. #And it needs to be played as scheduled. #Whether that’s possible will be determined in the coming days.

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