Newcastle will accept their fate and cop a four-day turnaround into Thursday night's clash with Brisbane after the NRL stuck to the schedule for next weekend.
Each club is guaranteed a minimum of five-day turnarounds in the collective bargaining agreement, aimed at limiting injuries and protecting players' welfare.
However, both the NRL and Rugby League Players Association have agreed that the current situation in Queensland qualifies as special circumstances.
Originally scheduled to play during Saturday's postponed games, the NRL handed the Knights the earliest possible game on Sunday afternoon to mitigate the situation.
They also have a nine-day rest after their next game, with both sides of the fence hopeful that can help manage the situation.
"The team, led by the staff, have done a really good job of just rolling with whatever comes our way," Knights coach Adam O'Brien said.
"At the end of the day, we're privileged to be able to get the game on.
"We're really grateful for what Peter (V'landys has done) and the Queensland government allowing us to come here today.
"We're really happy and if it's four days we'll get on with it."
O'Brien made a point to rest his stars late in the second half of Sunday's win over Canberra, in a bid to have them fit for the Broncos clash.
Provided south-east Queensland's snap lockdown lifts on Tuesday, the NRL will also attempt to help Newcastle's preparations and fitness management.
The NRL needs to give the Nine Network a Thursday night game so can't move that match to later in the weekend.
No other options were available for the eight games of round 20 that would have allowed for a team to play without a four-day turnaround on the Thursday night.
Meanwhile, the NRL remains adamant it will be able to keep the competition afloat in Queensland if the lockdown extends beyond Tuesday.
Nine new cases were recorded on Sunday, with fears the outbreak could have begun on the Sunshine Coast where six teams are in a hub.
If the lockdown is extended, it's likely the players' union would discuss the possibility of trying to move elsewhere with NRL bosses over fears for players' mental welfare.
In more positive news though, it's hoped players' partners and families will be able to join them in the hubs from Wednesday regardless of the lockdown situation.
Those families and partners had spent the past two weeks in quarantine on the Gold Coast after arriving from NSW.
It came as NRL clubs felt the ramifications of the lockdown for Sunday's games, with players being tested daily for COVID-19.
Players wore masks as they ran down the Suncorp Stadium tunnel before games and at halftime, while those on the bench also sported them during matches.
Each club could only take 29 people from their 41-person hub to matches, meaning some players and key staff were left behind.
Melbourne football manager Frank Ponissi was among those to be left behind at the hotel on Sunday, as well as regular analysts, sports scientists and strength and conditioning coaches.
Australian Associated Press