BEREA, Ohio – NFLPA president JC Tretter said the NFL was close to canceling three games this past weekend in the wake of multiple COVID-19 outbreaks among teams.
The league instead moved Saturday’s game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Browns in Cleveland to Monday, and rescheduled two Sunday games – Washington at the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – to Tuesday. On Friday, Hayward tweeted, “I’m sure the NFLPA president playing for the Browns didn’t have any effect on these negotiations.”
“I think the thing that people didn’t understand was I was fighting for the same thing for the Browns players as I was for the Raiders players, which was to get paid. … I don’t think everybody was fully aware of just how close those games were to being canceled,” Tretter said. The Raiders, who were largely unaffected by COVID-19 going into the game, prevailed 16-14.
Tretter said it was up to the league whether to count a canceled game as a forfeit.