The league will adjust if necessary, of course, but the preference is to stay the course, per Battista. Once a team that has already had its goodbye – so far that includes Pittsburgh and Tennessee, which had its byes moved until week 4 due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the organization of the Titans – cannot play in any given week, week 18 storyline likely becomes a reality, by Silver.
In a Week 18 scenario, the league would likely only play games if they had a significant impact on the playoffs, Silver added. And if such a postponement scenario plays out multiple times for the same teams, there is even a chance for a week 19.
It’s not the preference at this point, and NFL owners will meet to discuss all possibilities on Tuesday, but all scenarios remain in play in a most unusual season that continues to move forward.