Browns QB Baker Mayfield in 2019. Dec 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) questions a fumble recovery call during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

There’s been plenty of discussion this week of a potential postponement to the Las Vegas Raiders-Cleveland Browns NFL game Saturday, with the Browns’ lineup ravaged by COVID-19 protocols and that leading to a number of unusual signings and complaints from Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield (seen above in 2019) about perceived inequity between the league’s protocols for them and other teams. Well, on Friday, the day before the game (and the day the Raiders were set to travel to Cleveland), that game was bumped to Monday, as per Josina Anderson of CBS Sports HQ and USA Today: and Adam Schefter of ESPN:

And as per Schefter, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, and The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones, that’s not the only Week 15 game that may possibly be moved, with the Washington Football Team-Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks-Los Angeles Rams games also under movement consideration:

Update:  The WFT-Eagles and Seahawks-Rams games have in fact been moved to Tuesday:

These moves come after around 100 players across the NFL tested positive for COVID-19 from Monday to Wednesday, and after the league reverted to tighter protocols from the pre-vaccine era. The numbers have shot up further since then. But the league’s protocol changes did also provide ways for asymptomatic players to “test out” of quarantine faster, so the numbers could also drop much more quickly than they have in the past under the previous longer times required for players to return. So we’ll see what happens with these games and others. Oh, and as per the “Why isn’t this a forfeit?!” discussion that both the Raiders and Eagles’ CB Darius Slay have brought up, ESPN’s Kevin Seifert relays that postponement is the first part of that protocol, and forfeit is only possible if a game can’t be rescheduled and if the outbreak started with an unvaccinated player:

So there will be a lot to watch for in the coming days.

[Josina Anderson, Adam Schefter, Ian Rapoport, and Lindsay Jones on Twitter]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.