The owners of the NFL are practically meeting on Tuesday, and the head of their agenda is the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
The league has already been forced to postpone and reschedule more matches due to positive testing between organizations, mixing weeks of farewell and contests to make its standard 17-week slate work. That could change, as NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported late Sunday, which would result in an 18 week. NFL Network’s Judy Battista reported Monday there is a strong preference between ownership of not adding an 1
The championship will adjust if necessary, of course, but the preference is to stay the course, according to Battista. Once a team that has already had its bye – so far, which includes Pittsburgh and Tennessee, which has had its byes moved to week 4 due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the Titans organization – cannot playing in a given week, the Week 18 scenario will likely come true, for Silver.
In a Week 18 scenario, the league would likely only play if they had a significant impact on the playoffs, Silver added. And if such a postponement scenario occurs for the same teams multiple times, there’s also a chance for a week 19.
It’s not preference at this point, and the NFL owners will get together to discuss all the possibilities on Tuesday, but all scenarios remain in play in a very unusual season that keeps snorting.