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NFL to Force Teams to Forfeit if Games are Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Looks like games could be on the line.

New York Jets v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network dropped a significant tidbit about the NFL’s policy for teams with COVID outbreaks this season.

Last week it was reported that the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Football Team, Los Angeles Chargers, and Arizona Cardinals are the few teams whose players are under 50 percent vaccinated.

Forfeiting games is a huge deal, but it doesn’t stop there. It seems that the players’ checks will be affected too.

While not paying the team that doesn’t take necessary precautions seems reasonable, why punish the opposing team? I know, they’re playing one less game than everyone else. However, they shouldn’t be punished for another organization’s shortcomings.

What will most likely happen IF there is an outbreak during the season is that both teams involved will lose their bye week and play then. That wouldn’t impact either team too deeply, it would just act as a rescheduled bye.

The NFL has gone from accommodating to enacting severe punishment for those ignoring their new rules.