Denver has EVERY QB on roster dominated out, the 49ers don’t have a stadium. The NFL is falling aside – Fox Sports activities
America’s inability to control its Covid cases is creating utter chaos in the final months of the NFL regular season.
Denver and San Francisco are both facing serious Covid issues, a day before most of Week 12’s games are played.
The Broncos have the most pressing dilemma with all of their quarterbacks ruled out of Sunday’s (Monday AEDT) clash with New Orleans due to exposure to a positive test, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were all sent home from practice on Saturday with coaches having to play quarterback at practice, reports 9News Denver’s Mike Klis.
The trio were not wearing masks when they were exposed to fellow QB Jeff Driskel, who tested positive late this week.
Because they were not wearing masks, they were identified as high-risk contacts.
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Running back Royce Freeman has previously been the Broncos’ emergency quarterback, but the NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport reports wide receiver Kendall Hinton, currently on the practice squad, is in line to play QB.
Hinton threw 253 passes as a college quarterback at Wake Forest, gaining 1,504 yards on 133 completions with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. He went undrafted this year before signing a deal with Denver.
#Broncos WR Kendall Hinton will play plenty at QB tomorrow, source said. 2020! He did play QB for a few years at Wake Forest.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 28, 2020
Alternatively the Broncos could sign a free agent before the game, or the game could be postponed, through the Saints are operating as if it will be played.
Meanwhile the 49ers were sent scrambling to find a new home when California’s Santa Clara County enacted a contact sports ban lasting until at least December 21.
County officials made the move among many to combat the spread of Covid-19, which hit record levels of 760 new cases and 239 hospitalisation on Saturday, both one-day records since the pandemic outbreak began in March.
Officials want to ensure adequate hospital capacity for the community. But the restrictions will force the 49ers (4-6), who play Sunday (Monday AEDT) at the Los Angeles Rams, to make changes in their plans, with San Francisco home games scheduled at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on December 7 against Buffalo and December 13 against Washington.
“We are aware of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s emergency directive,” the 49ers said in a statement. “We are working with the NFL and our partners on operational plans and will share details as they are confirmed.”
Under the rules that begin Monday, all recreational activities involving physical contact are temporarily prohibited, which would include 49ers practice sessions and games.
People re-entering the county from more than 150 miles (90km) are being required to quarantine for 14 days and outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people.
“I am gravely concerned by the continuing surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisation,” said Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody.
“The number of patients hospitalised with Covid-19 in our county has doubled in just the past couple of weeks, and we are at risk of exceeding our hospital capacity very soon if current trends continue.”
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The blockbuster showdown between Baltimore and Pittsburgh, originally scheduled for Thanksgiving (Friday AEDT), has been postponed twice and is currently slotted for Tuesday night (Wednesday AEDT).
There are a combined 25 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list between the two teams, including the Ravens’ 2019 MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson, while Steelers starting RB James Conner has also tested positive, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The move has forced Baltimore’s Week 13 game with Dallas to be postponed from Thursday night (Friday AEDT) to Monday evening (next Tuesday AEDT).
Over 200,000 new Covid cases were reported in the US on November 27, and the Thanksgiving holiday is likely to lead to a further spike.
– with AFP