AFTER WEEK 4 COVID CHAOS, NFL MAY ADD 18TH WEEK TO 2020 SKED!

By Michael Grimm

The NFL is considering adding an extra week to its schedule in case more games have to be shifted during the regular season, according to the Washington Post.

Adding Week 18 to the regular season would give the NFL a little wiggle room in the event that more games have to be moved at the last minute due to positive COVID-19 tests. And, given what happened in Week 4, it seems entirely possible that may happen.

Adding an 18th week into the schedule would not require pushing back the Super Bowl if the bye week before the Super Bowl is eliminated. It would mean the playoffs would start a week later than currently scheduled.

It’s possible the Titans, who have had 18 members of their organization test positive for COVID-19 (including nine players), will force the league’s hand in adding the extra week as Tennessee may not be able to play in Week 5 against Buffalo after already missing a Week 4 matchup against Pittsburgh.

The first three weeks of the NFL season were played without any disruptions to the schedule, but as Week 4 made clear, there’s no reason to expect for that to be the case moving forward.

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