There have been whispers about the NFL rescheduling Week 15 between the Washington Soccer Team and the Philadelphia Eagle. Now those gentle whispers have come true after the tournament announced The squad game will be played two days later than scheduled.
The NFC East competition will be held on Tuesday, December 21 at 7pm. The contest was originally scheduled for Sunday, December 19 at 1pm
The spike in COVID-19 cases across the league has sent people into a state of panic, especially in Washington, where 24 players have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have close contact with a person with this disease. Notable names include full-back Taylor Heinicke, full-back Montez Sweat, full-back Jonathan Allen and full-back Kendall Fuller.
The NFL is doing what they can to protect their product and the integrity of the playoff race amid a global pandemic. Both Washington and Philadelphia are alive in the post-season hunt and it wouldn’t be fair to have one team’s skeleton crew on Sunday. However, this move is detrimental to the Eagles team, who – by all accounts – followed COVID-19 protocols as required by law. Washington has the outbreak, not them. And now they’ll have to go back and play their Week 16 game on a four-day break.
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Eagle player is not happy
The response from Eagles players was quick and furious on social media – and none of them were enthusiastic. It’s not that someone doesn’t sympathize with what Washington is going through – according to records, 80% of cases are asymptomatic – but it doesn’t seem right to punish Philadelphia for their sins.
Anyway, here’s a sample of the responses from the locker room:
The Eagles released a Official team statement on this matter and do not give an opinion one way or another. That’s called taking the highway.
Head coach Nick Sirianni was asked about a potential schedule change before it actually happened. He hasn’t contacted the league or heard anything about it.
“No, they tell us where and when to play and we’ll play there,” Sirianni said. “Didn’t hear anything; plan to play at 1:00 on Sunday”
Philly fans aren’t happy either
Washington-Philadelphia wasn’t the only match taking place. A total of four games were converted in response to varying degrees of COVID-19 concerns. The Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns will play Monday (December 20) at 5pm, followed by the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears at 8:15pm. The Eagles game will begin concurrently with the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday (December 21) at 7 p.m.
Naturally, fans in Philly have grasped the news pretty well. Is not. Here’s a rundown of their reactions:
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