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Will the Browns-Raiders game play as scheduled in Week 15?

The NFL has moved the game to Monday for Week 15.

A general view before a game between the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Friday update: The NFL is moving the Browns, Raiders game from Saturday to Monday, per Josina Anderson. Raiders-Browns will happen at 5 p.m. ET and Vikings-Bears will happen at 8:20 p.m.

Friday update: It appears that rescheduling the game is on the table.

The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to host the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday of Week 15, but COVID-19 is creating serious issues in Cleveland. The Browns have placed 20 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week, including both quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum.

The team has a high vaccination rate, but that does not guarantee vaccinated players will be able to test negative twice across 24 or more hours to get back in time for Saturday’s game. The team has promoted Nick Mullens from the practice squad and at this rate he could be starting against the Raiders.

The NFL issued new protocols this year revolving around outbreaks. If an outbreak is due to unvaccinated players, a team will be punished with a forfeit. However, if an outbreak comes among vaccinated players, the league has said it will do everything it can to get the game in and maintain competitive integrity.

The Browns could still field a team this weekend, but it’s bordering on the absurd at the moment. There is no sign the outbreak is slowing, but there is also no indication the league will delay this game. Cleveland could be left with most of their starting lineup sidelined due to COVID-19, but they’ll likely still be forced to play the game.