The Payments’ Week 5 recreation in opposition to the Tennessee Titans was pushed from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, CBS), a byproduct of the Titans registering three positive COVID-19 tests in a two-day span. And the NFL formally moved the Payments’ Week 6 recreation in opposition to the Kansas City Chiefs — initially scheduled for Thursday Evening Soccer — to Monday (5 p.m. ET, Fox).
Payments gamers had been saved in limbo all through the previous week, having to regulate their apply schedule after initially making ready to play Sunday.
“We’re not likely positive what is going on on. Actually, we’re clueless in regards to the scenario arising,” Payments security Micah Hyde stated after Thursday’s apply. “We need to play. … If it needs to be Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday, we’ll be ready.”
Hyde, who spoke hours earlier than the league moved the Payments-Titans recreation to Tuesday, stated he did not understand suspending video games was a risk inside the NFL’s protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic. Everybody inside the Payments’ group is nicely conscious now. To regulate for the Tuesday recreation, the Payments canceled Friday’s apply and labored out as an alternative on Saturday and Sunday.
Assuming Tuesday’s recreation is performed — which crew sources say is the scenario the Payments are making ready for — Buffalo will get six days to arrange for the Chiefs (4-1), twice as many as it could have with its unique schedule. Following the Chiefs recreation, the Payments will get one other quick week, this time dealing with the winless New York Jets on Oct. 25.
From there, they’ll face the New England Patriots, who needed to shut down their facility final week after a number of constructive COVID-19 checks, the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals earlier than their bye in Week 11.
The Payments are doing their greatest to maintain their tunnel imaginative and prescient on the sport forward of them, at the same time as the specter of suspending video games — and dropping recreation checks — lingers.
“We knew adversity was going to hit,” Payments offensive lineman Cody Ford stated. “We’re simply going to take it day-to-day and give attention to this week solely.
“I do not know anyone who needs to lose cash due to one thing that they could not management. It is a type of issues the place we are able to solely management what we are able to management. It could harm to not receives a commission, however I might fairly be wholesome than be wealthy.”