The thoughtless husks who plunged this NFL season into chaos deserve a public shaming


Here we are, still living through this damn zombie movie. Only the zombies aren’t the living dead; they’re the incompetent braindead in living bodies, jerkily animated by their own impervious wants, sightless and hollowed out, incapable of self-preservation yet wreakers of havoc and destruction on others. It took just one zombie on the Baltimore Ravens who neglected to cover his nose and mouth with a mask to thereby wreck his own team, and with a ripple effect of infection plunge the NFL into organizational chaos.



a man riding on the back of a motorcycle: Coaches such as Baltimore's John Harbaugh will wear masks during games. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


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Coaches such as Baltimore’s John Harbaugh will wear masks during games. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

They’re easy to spot, zombies: They’re the un-sentient, disconnected husks who walk around breathing potential hell on their colleagues and neighbors. They lurch clumsily into the midst of crowded rooms with their masks either missing or dragging around their chins, spreading their odorless danger mercilessly as they

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Vaccine gains momentum, NFL season in chaos


— The rush to develop a vaccine gained steam with the news from Moderna Inc. that it would ask U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its vaccine. Early results show the vaccine is more than 94 percent effective.

— The virus has thrown the NFL season into chaos yet again. The Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers contest was moved from Thanksgiving to Wednesday with more than 20 Ravens on the COVID-19 list, and the game is still in jeopardy of not being played as scheduled. The Denver Broncos started an undrafted rookie wide receiver at quarterback because of COVID-19 protocol violations.

— Tough new restrictions are taking effect across California as the state hit a new record with 7,400 coronavirus hospitalizations. Los Angeles County, home to 10 million people — imposed new rules calling for residents to stay home as much as possible.

THE NUMBERS: The long Thanksgiving weekend

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Bengals lose Burrow to injury, then game | NFL


LANDOVER, Md. – Joe Burrow couldn’t put any weight on his left leg as he was helped onto a cart. Cincinnati Bengals teammates and Washington opponents flooded over to show support before he was driven off.

A knee injury to the No. 1 pick and franchise quarterback not only contributed to the Bengals’ 20-9 loss Sunday but derailed their season built around giving Burrow as many snaps as possible.

“Thanks for all the love,” Burrow tweeted. “Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year.”

If that’s indeed it for Burrow’s rookie season, he was 264 of 404 for 2,688 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games.

He had 203 yards and a TD pass in putting Cincinnati ahead of Washington before getting hurt.

“The players have responded to him, the coaches have responded to him, the city has responded to him and all that is equally as

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