NFL: Teams could forfeit games because of COVID

NFL footballers were warned they could forfeit a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak among non-vaccinated players, and that players on both teams wouldn’t get paid that week.

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July 23, 2021 - 1:40 PM

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Photo by Tribune News Service

NFL teams have been warned they could forfeit a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak among non-vaccinated players, and players on both teams wouldn’t get paid that week.

“As we learned last year, we can play a full season if we maintain a firm commitment to adhering to our health and safety protocols and to making needed adjustments in response to changing conditions,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday in a memo sent to clubs that was obtained by The Associated Press.

Goodell says the league doesn’t not anticipate adding a 19th week to accommodate games that can’t be rescheduled within 18-week regular season.

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