There were players on teams that didn't have a COVID-19 outbreak that weren't happy their games this week were postponed.
The NFL postponed three games due to COVID-19 outbreaks on the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams and Washington Football Team. The Browns will play the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday, and the Rams-Seattle Seahawks and WFT-Philadelphia Eagles games were moved to Tuesday.
Not everyone was happy. The most specific criticism came from Raiders cornerback Casey Hayward, who wondered if the Browns were given a break because J.C. Tretter, the NFLPA president, is Cleveland's center.
— Casey Hayward (@show_case29) December 17, 2021
Other players, like Raiders LB K.J. Wright and Seahawks S Quandre Diggs, were upset too.
— KJ (@KJ_WRIGHT34) December 17, 2021
The postponement will allow players from the Browns, Rams and WFT to be cleared. All three of those teams had more than 20 players on the COVID-19 list.
There were plenty of debates about the NFL's words during the summer about possible postponements. A memo sent over the summer said there wouldn't be postponements due to a team losing multiple players at a certain position, though the league did allow for the possibility of moving a game due to medical reasons.
Many Eagles players reacted to the news:
Damn I thought the team would have to forfeit!!! This crazy🤦🏾♂️
— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) December 17, 2021
— Javon hargrave (@Jay_MostWanted) December 17, 2021
— fletcher cox (@fcoxx_91) December 17, 2021
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) December 17, 2021