Ravens-Steelers postponed again by COVID-19 to Wednesday

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The Baltimore Ravens’ struggle to contain a prolonged coronavirus outbreak has forced their rescheduled Tuesday night game against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers to be reduced to Wednesday afternoon.
This is the third solution to a game originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night. The game will remain on NBC, but at 3:40 p.m. ET.

Additionally, the Steelers’ Week 13 home game against Washington has been moved from Sunday to December 7 at 5 p.m. ET. The Ravens’ home game against Dallas takes place Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8:05 p.m. on Fox and NFL Network. It was originally scheduled for Thursday night, then moved to December 7.

Ravens-Steelers were put back one more day for medical reasons, but now Baltimore has time for practice. The NFL allowed the Ravens to return to their facilities Monday night under medics supervision, which is similar to what happened when the Tennessee Titans had a coronavirus outbreak earlier this season. The Titans have had three days of training in this scenario.

“The players arrived ready to train on the pitch and did not enter the locker room or the training room,” the Ravens said in a statement. “We plan to have another visitation session on Tuesday, with a view to going to Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening. ”

The NFL announced the most recent changes on Monday after the Ravens placed starters Matthew Judon, Willie Snead and Mark Andrews on the reserve / COVID-19 list.

While Baltimore has also had four returning players from this roster, the team will still be shorthanded when this game is finally played. But he will recover running backs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins from the COVID-19 list; they tested positive on November 23

The addition of Judon, an outstanding linebacker, and Andrews, the team’s main receiver, brings the number of 2019 Pro Bowl players Baltimore placed on the COVID-19 roster to seven last week. But Ingram will be eligible to play in Pittsburgh, leaving 12 active players and one member of the practice squad on the roster, including 2019 League MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Cornerback Terrell Bonds, who is on the injured reserve, was also added to the long list on Monday.

There was more good news for Baltimore, which activated linebacker Jayson Ferguson, offensive lineman DJ Fluker and defensive tackle Broderick Washington from the COVID-19 roster. Defensive back Iman Marshall has also been activated, although he has been in IR since tearing his right ACL in August.

The contest between two longtime rivals was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night before a rash of coronavirus cases among the Ravens forced the game to be postponed until Sunday. As Baltimore continued to rack up positive tests, the game was postponed until Tuesday night.

Now, perhaps, they will finally meet on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

The Ravens (6-4) will face Pittsburgh (10-0) without many of their best playmakers, including Jackson, Andrews and defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams.

The loss of Andrews and Snead will further hamper alternate quarterback Robert Griffin III, who will take snaps of a third-string cross after Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura were placed on the COVID-19 roster on Wednesday.

Andrews is a type 1 diabetic, which makes COVID-19 potentially more dangerous. His loss should have an impact as he leads Baltimore in receptions (38), yards received (454) and touchdowns (6).

Andrews, Judon, Jackson, Ingram, Campbell, fullback Patrick Ricard and long snapper Morgan Cox were all selected for the Pro Bowl last season.

Judon owns the Baltimore franchise label. He’s tied for the lead with four sacks and has 34 tackles.

Snead has 17 catches for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the last four games.

Wednesday’s last NFL game was the 2012 season opener between the Giants and Cowboys, which was moved from a Thursday night due to a dispute with the Democratic National Convention, which was to get the president talking. Barack Obama Thursday night.

“We understand that every team goes through something like this,” Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said. “Not to this extent, but we have to be prepared for any situation. I think (Coach Mike Tomlin) presented the plan. It’s up to us to follow it and it’s up to us to bounce back with it. ”

The Steelers added tackle Zach Banner, who was injured at the start of the season, “I’ll be fine by the time we play this game. ”

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