This turns into the primary sport of the NFL season to get postponed thrice.
With the most recent postponement, the Steelers’ sport on Sunday towards the Washington Football Team will now be performed Monday, a supply instructed ESPN, confirming a report by Sports activities Illustrated.
The Week 12 sport between the Ravens and Steelers that was initially scheduled for Thanksgiving evening — and was moved to Sunday after which Tuesday evening — has been shifted once more. It will mark the NFL’s first sport on Wednesday because the 2012 season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, which was scheduled for that day to keep away from a battle with President Barack Obama’s speech on the Democratic Nationwide Conference on Thursday.
The most recent postponement got here after the Ravens gamers stated Monday in a teleconference assembly that they didn’t need to play Tuesday due to concern over security. Baltimore had one other constructive check on Monday, making it 9 straight days with not less than one participant testing constructive. The supply added that one suggestion from the gamers was to maneuver the sport to Thursday however the NFL compromised by shifting it to Wednesday.
The Ravens will maintain a walk-through Monday evening and will maintain one other one earlier than departing for Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Baltimore hasn’t had a full apply since Nov. 20, a span of 10 days.
It is unsure how pushing again Baltimore’s sport towards Pittsburgh sooner or later will have an effect on the Ravens’ Week 13 sport towards the Cowboys, which has already been moved as soon as to Monday.
For the Ravens, Monday was maybe the strangest day in what has been one of the crucial difficult weeks in franchise historical past. Gamers had reported to the group facility a few half hour earlier than the scheduled 9:30 a.m. apply when the NFL canceled it to attend for the most recent check outcomes, a supply stated. The Ravens waited many of the day not understanding whether or not they apply once more that afternoon and board a airplane to play the NFL’s solely undefeated group. The day ended with the sport between AFC North rivals getting moved for the third time in six days.
Baltimore is within the midst of one of many largest outbreaks in skilled sports activities. The Ravens have had 22 gamers check constructive or get recognized as a high-risk shut contact over the previous 9 days. Proper now, Baltimore has 38 gamers on its 53-man roster.
At the least a dozen Ravens gamers have examined constructive, together with reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson together with 5 Professional Bowl gamers: defensive finish Calais Campbell, tight finish Mark Andrews, exterior linebacker Matthew Judon, operating again Mark Ingram and fullback Patrick Ricard.
The Ravens nonetheless have 20 gamers on the reserve/COVID-19 listing. Baltimore added 4 gamers (Andrews, Judon, huge receiver Willie Snead IV and cornerback Terrell Bonds) and eliminated 4 gamers (exterior linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, cornerback Iman Marshall and defensive sort out Broderick Washington). Marshall will revert to injured reserve.
Monday’s spherical of Ravens assessments produced one new constructive consequence, nevertheless it’s a participant on injured reserve who hasn’t had shut contact with anybody else, a supply instructed ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
The one different sport this season that had beforehand been postponed twice was a Week 5 sport between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Constructive coronavirus assessments in New England pushed that sport from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12 earlier than being performed on Oct. 18.
The Ravens-Steelers sport turns into the second Wednesday sport within the NFL since 1948. The final one earlier than the 2012 season opener was Sept. 22, 1948, when the Los Angeles Rams performed the Detroit Lions.