Why the Ravens-Steelers have kept moving, how every team is affected and what that means for the season

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If you’ve struggled to stay on top of the latest news regarding the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game, you’re not alone. The league has moved the game on several occasions, often with players discovering insiders on Twitter and being confused.

The whole situation is due to positive COVID-19 tests in Baltimore, which have raised security questions. Baltimore has had positive tests for players and / or staff for eight consecutive days. More than 20 players and staff around organizations contracted the virus or were considered close contact

The Ravens continue to test positive, according to multiple reports, including Tuesday, the day the players boarded the plane to Pittsburgh, with the game now scheduled to be played at 3:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday (you can see how to watch and stream the game below).

According to the NFL network Mike Garofolo, the Ravens learned of two other COVID-19 positives – a player and a staff member – before heading to Pittsburgh, reporting: “The NFL told the team that these individuals have already been identified as potential positives and that there was no concern for further spread. . ”

Jeff Zrebiec de l’Athletic said the players learned of the new positive tests while they were already on the plane and the player who tested positive had trained with the team for the past two days. Players will also be tested on Wednesday.

There were rumors the Ravens could boycott the game, questions about whether a forfeit would be in play, and comparisons to how the league has handled other match situations affected by COVID-19, most recently the Denver Broncos, who played without a quarterback against the New Orleans Saints.

If you’re worried that you’ve missed out on news of this ever-changing game, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with all your favorite questions answered.

How to watch the Ravens at Steelers

Date: Wednesday December 2 | Time: 15 h 40 HE
Location: Heinz Field (Pittsburgh)
TV:
NBC | Current: fuboTV (try for free)
To follow: Application CBS Sports

When was the match first scheduled?

The game was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night. It was then moved to Sunday, then Tuesday, and finally our current landing point on Wednesday.

The game will play at 3:40 p.m. ET, as NBC has already committed to showing the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and was keen to keep that commitment.

It’s Wednesday afternoon football.

Why was the game moved a third time?

NFL.com explained that the league moved the game from Tuesday to Wednesday for another day of COVID-19 testing. It was also moved again “to give Ravens players time to practice and avoid muscle strain, not because of who would or would not be available.” ”

Ravens players feared they might not have had two days of negative tests after the outbreak. Baltimore also wanted another day of practice, since the facilities had been closed.

The Baltimore facility reopened Monday evening and the team took a virtual tour at that time.

With the game moved to Wednesday, running backs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins are available for the Ravens, as this now clears the 10-day isolation period for both of them, although, as noted above, the league has stated that moving the game is a matter of safety and not of player availability.

Who’s out for the Ravens?

Ravens players who won’t be able to play in Wednesday’s game due to COVID-19 include quarterback Lamar Jackson, tight end Mark Andrews, wide receiver Willie Snead, fullback Patrick Ricard, centers Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura, outside linebackers Matt Judon and Pernell McPhee, and defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Justin Madubuike. Defensive tackle Brandon Williams has an ankle injury. Offensive lineman DJ Fluker, who was previously on the team’s reserve / COVID-19 roster, is questionable with a back injury. Also in question are cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle), guard Tire Phillips (ankle), defensive end Derek Wolfe (illness) and tight end Luke Wilson (illness).

Who’s out for the Steelers?

Steelers players who will miss Wednesday’s game due to COVID-19 are running back James Conner, defensive end Stephon Tuitt and attacking tackle Jerald Hawkins. The Steelers will also be without running back Jaylen Samuels, who will miss his second straight game with a quad injury. Cornerback Joe Haden is considered questionable with a knee injury.

How will each team be affected?

The divisional game could have big playoff implications as the Ravens try to keep their playoff hopes alive. At 6-4, they could return to the playoff table with a win on Wednesday.

The Steelers are looking to keep control of the No.1 seed and an unbeaten record, as they currently sit at 10-0, their best start in franchise history. The Chiefs and Steelers are currently neck and neck for place, with Kansas City at 10-1.

The Ravens’ lack of practice will likely result in a lack of production. With many players and staff testing positive, it also means they could be skinny in a lot of areas.

With Jackson out, that will present a huge hurdle for the Ravens, as William Hill Sportsbook has them as 10-point underdogs. Robert Griffin III will be at QB for Baltimore.

Since the Ravens’ Week 11 game, 21 Ravens players have been placed on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, with 19 still on the roster.

What does this mean for the rest of the season?

As this game moved, others moved with it.

The Steelers will host the Washington football team on Monday, December 7 at 5 p.m. ET, rather than Sunday.

The Ravens host the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8:05 p.m. ET, rather than Thursday night.

What are the fantastic implications?

This is still considered a week 12 game, so keep up with your fantasy squad accordingly.

Jackson, Willie Snead and Mark Andrews are three of 12 players the Ravens will miss. James Conner is out for the Steelers.

This year there is nothing to rule out, so there is of course still a chance that a team will report positive tests on Wednesday and the game will be further postponed or called off.

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