Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc with daily lives. But the NFL’s decision to postpone Seattle’s Week 15 game is now hurting the Seattle Seahawks.
The NFL decided to give the Rams a break. They might make people believe that they care about player safety but do they? And yes, the NFL players association also allowed the NFL to reschedule several Week 15 games but that just goes to show how weak the players association is.
If the NFL cared about a player’s safety, especially as it relates to COVID-19, they would have just canceled the games. Why risk another team having an outbreak by forcing them to play a team that just had one?
Then to make four teams play on only four days rest? This isn’t about health; This is about money.
Seattle Seahawks adding players to COVID list ahead of Week 15
But the NFL allowed the Rams to get healthier by giving them time to get players back from the COVID list. At one time, the Rams had 29 people on the list. The Seahawks had just two when the NFL made their decision but that is still two too many.
Now, however, the Rams list is down to 17 and the Seahawks list is now 6. Los Angeles has most of its key personnel off their list or about ready to be off likely just in time for the game. Jalen Ramsey and Odell Beckham, Jr. should play Tuesday where they wouldn’t have earlier.
Seattle, meanwhile, is adding to its COVID list, not subtracting. Tyler Lockett and Alex Collins have been out since last week. On Sunday, D.J. Reed, perhaps Seattle’s best cornerback, and starting right tackle Brandon Shell were new players who probably won’t play Tuesday. They were joined by Travis Homer and Kerry Hyder.
Ideally, every player on both teams would be healthy and ready to play. The Seahawks are good enough to beat the Rams in they play near their best. Plus, no one having COVID is a good thing overall.
But I bet the NFL doesn’t cut the Seahawks a break by postponing the game again because, well…they can’t. There is no way this close to Week 16 that games can be moved. But the NFL wasn’t supposed to reschedule games this year and did it anyway. This appears to likely hurt the Seahawks more than the Rams now going into Tuesday’s Week 15 game.