NFL Says No Change To Thursday Game/Redskins Say Same Thing (UPDATED)
Just got off the phone with Greg Aiello, Senior VP of Communications for the NFL, who says that to the best of his knowledge there has never been one discussion about moving next Thursday's game between the Redskins and Bears. It has garnered no consideration.
Aiello said the NFL has not been contacted by either team regarding moving the game, there have been no internal discussions at the league office about it, yet he hears the same constant rumors and speculation we all do about this topic. Aiello says the only precedent for moving games in the past that he could immediately recall dealt with earthquakes and the Katrina situation with the Saints last year, obviously, and the league has always operated in this case as if next week's schedule would proceed as normal.
"I have not heard any discussion of any of it," Aiello said. "We haven't been contacted about it, not that I am aware of. There's nothing to it. No one here has heard about it. It's just some rumor that won't go away, but there is nothing to it."
Again, perhaps, at some point the Redskins could contact the league about this, but no one at the NFL office is expecting it at this point. We're now a week away from that game and if the Redskins have not petitioned for a schedule change at this point, then it's hard to see it happening.
Jason Reid is checking with the Redskins to make sure that by chance they have not called the league within the last few hours to ask to move the game, so I'll post whatever feedback he gets, but this appears to be a moot issue.
UPDATE: Chris Helein, head of Skins PR, said the Redskins have not asked to change the game and have no plans to ask the league to change the game. So, finally, this should be resolved once and for all.
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