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NFLPA president JC Tretter says NFL nearly canceled 3 games that were rescheduled due to COVID-19 outbreaks

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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.

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