For the second time this week, the N.F.L. has rescheduled the matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, shifting it to Tuesday night time from Sunday, after the coronavirus outbreak within the Ravens’ clubhouse unfold additional on Thursday, the unique day of the sport.
It is going to be the second N.F.L. game of this season to be held on a Tuesday night; the Titans beat the Payments on Oct. 13. As a result of the Ravens at the moment are enjoying on Tuesday, their following sport, scheduled for simply two days later in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys, will now be performed on Monday, Dec. 7, assuming the outbreak in Baltimore doesn’t unfold additional.
The league shifted greater than a dozen video games in September and October, when many groups nonetheless had bye weeks remaining, which gave the schedule makers wiggle room within the 16-game season to accommodate postponements. If extra video games need to be postponed, the league could add an additional week to the 17-week common season to permit for make-up video games. The beginning of the playoffs would then be pushed again every week.
The Steelers and the Ravens had been purported to play on Thanksgiving night time, however a rash of constructive assessments compelled Baltimore to close its observe facility on Monday and Tuesday, and the sport was moved to Sunday afternoon. On Thanksgiving, although, Lamar Jackson, 23, the Ravens quarterback and the league’s reigning most respected participant, was amongst those that examined constructive for the coronavirus as circumstances unfold to greater than a dozen gamers on the workforce, in accordance with a number of media shops.
Like different gamers and employees members who take a look at constructive, Jackson should isolate for 10 days, which implies he shall be unable to play on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the workforce introduced that it had disciplined a staff member for “conduct surrounding” the cases that had affected the players and other team employees. The Ravens didn’t establish the employees member or elaborate on the character of the misconduct.
It was not clear whether or not Jackson had proven any signs of the virus, which sidelined New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton earlier in the season.
Jackson performed final Sunday in opposition to the Tennessee Titans in a house loss for the Ravens.
In distinction to a number of the different main North American skilled sports activities leagues, the N.F.L. opted to not use a so-called bubble mannequin throughout the pandemic, with groups enjoying video games in isolation at one or two areas. Up to now, greater than 200 gamers and different workforce workers throughout the league have examined constructive for the virus.
Earlier this month, the N.F.L. fined the Las Vegas Raiders $500,000 and their head coach, Jon Gruden, an additional $150,000 for repeated violations of the league’s coronavirus protocols. The league additionally docked the workforce a late-round draft choose. And earlier this season, the league fined a number of coaches for not carrying masks on the sidelines.
Now, the league is grappling with a worsening outbreak that might reverberate properly past the Ravens.
On Monday, Baltimore’s beginning working again, Mark Ingram II, was one in all three gamers added to the Ravens’ Covid-19 reserve checklist. On Wednesday, the workforce’s beginning defensive deal with, Calais Campbell, was one in all three extra gamers added to the checklist.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Steelers large receiver, complained on Twitter concerning the rescheduling of the Thanksgiving night time sport in opposition to the Ravens and famous that it was the second time that Pittsburgh’s schedule had been modified this season. The Steelers are undefeated.
“First the NFL takes away our bye week as a result of one other workforce can’t get their Covid state of affairs collectively, now they take away our Thanksgiving prime time sport for a similar cause,” Smith-Schuster wrote on Twitter.
Now the Steelers will nonetheless play in prime time, solely on a Tuesday night time.