Will Colts and Bengals be postponed? Browns give NFL easy fix to reschedule Week 6 game

With the Colts announcing that they had multiple members of their organization test positive for COVID-19 and closing down their facility on Friday, there’s a chance for Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff against the Bengals in Indianapolis to be postponed.

Should there be any risk involved with playing that game as scheduled once the test results are vetted, the NFL would catch another rescheduling break, thanks to Cleveland.

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The Colts will have a bye in Week 7. The Bengals are off only in Week 9. But the fact that the Browns, who the Colts just played in Week 5, also have a scheduled bye in Week 9 helps the league immensely.

That’s because the Bengals are scheduled to host the Browns in Week 8. So the simple solution would be moving Bengals at Colts back a week to Week 7, when the Browns also will take an earlier bye and hold the Bengals’ home rematch with the Browns in Week 9 instead, when both teams were supposed to be off.

Unlike the Broncos-Patriots game being moved from Week 5 into Week 6, there are few other AFC teams affected. This is much like the Steelers-Titans moving from Week 4 to Week 7, where only the Ravens were disrupted. Here, one additional AFC North team would join the Bengals in a changeup, while the Colts join the Titans as another AFC South team with a rescheduled game in 2020.

During a pandemic when the league has tight protocols, it should keep erring on the side of caution with postponements when the schedule permits. Once again, it does here with a no-brainer solution.

This content first appear on bbc news

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