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Seahawks-Cardinals kickoff moved to Sunday night due to Raiders-Buccaneers COVID postponement fears

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

Seattle Seahawks’ Cody Barton carries the 12th flag onto the field as he runs with quarterback Russell Wilson before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Seattle.  (John Froschauer)
Seattle Seahawks’ Cody Barton carries the 12th flag onto the field as he runs with quarterback Russell Wilson before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Seattle. (John Froschauer)
By Bob Condotta Seattle Times Seattle Times

SEATTLE – Worries about a COVID-19 outbreak with the Las Vegas Raiders resulted in the NFL deciding Thursday to move the Seattle Seahawks’ game Sunday at Arizona to the Sunday night prime-time slot on NBC.

The kickoff for the Seahawks-Cardinals game, which had been scheduled for 1:05 p.m., will now be at 5:20.

The Raiders-Tampa Bay game had been scheduled for the 5:20 p.m. slot but will instead move to the 1:05 slot on FOX.

The Raiders’ entire starting offensive line as well as safety Johnathan Abram have reportedly not been at practice the past two days after tackle Trent Brown had a positive test for COVID-19 .

In a statement Thursday afternoon, the NFL said the decisions “were made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that a game would be available for fans on Sunday Night Football. We expect the Buccaneers-Raiders game to be played on Sunday afternoon. Scheduling decisions are made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.’’

The game will be the third for the Seahawks already in prime time this year, following earlier Sunday night games against the Patriots and Vikings. Seattle had already been scheduled for the maximum number of five prime-time games prior to flexing, scheduled to also host Arizona on a Thursday night on Nov. 19 and play at Philadelphia on Monday night, Nov. 30.

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