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Ravens-Steelers game postponed for a THIRD time due to COVID-19 outbreak in Baltimore

The Baltimore Ravens’ struggle to contain a protracted coronavirus outbreak forced their rescheduled game against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers back to Wednesday afternoon on Tuesday night.

It’s the third fix for a matchup that was originally supposed to be played on Thanksgiving night. The game will remain on NBC, but at 3:40 PM ET as the network reportedly didn’t want to bump up the evening’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York.

‘Another ultimate 2020 note,’ tweeted ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Ravens-Steelers contest kicks off Wednesday at 3:40 PM as NBC wanted and wanted to broadcast the 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday night, according to sources. Tree lighting has surpassed football. ‘

Also, Steelers’ home game against Washington in week 13 has been moved from Sunday to December 7 at 5 p.m. Ravens’ home game against Dallas is on Tuesday, December 8 at 8:05 PM. on Fox and NFL Network. It was originally set for Thursday nights, and then moved to December 7.

The Ravens have a dozen players on the COVID-19 list, including league MVP Lamar Jackson

The Ravens have a dozen players on the COVID-19 list, including league MVP Lamar Jackson

Raven offensive lineman Will Holden dons a mask while standing on the sidelines

Raven offensive lineman Will Holden dons a mask while standing on the sidelines

Raven offensive lineman Will Holden dons a mask while standing on the sidelines

It's the third fix for a matchup that was originally supposed to be played on Thanksgiving night. The game will remain on NBC, but at 3:40 PM ET as the network reportedly didn't want to bump up the evening's Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York.

It's the third fix for a matchup that was originally supposed to be played on Thanksgiving night. The game will remain on NBC, but at 3:40 PM ET as the network reportedly didn't want to bump up the evening's Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York.

It’s the third fix for a matchup that was originally supposed to be played on Thanksgiving night. The game will remain on NBC, but at 3:40 PM ET as the network reportedly didn’t want to bump up the evening’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York.

Ravens-Steelers was put back another day for medical reasons, but now Baltimore is getting some time for training. The NFL allowed the Ravens to return to their facility under physician supervision Monday night, which is similar to what happened when the Tennessee Titans had a coronavirus outbreak earlier this season. The Titans received three days of training in that scenario.

“Players were already getting ready to train on the field, and they did not enter the locker room or training area,” the Ravens said in a statement. “We plan to have another walk-through session on Tuesday in preparation for Tuesday night to Pittsburgh.”

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

While Baltimore also had four players back from that list, it will still fall seriously short when this game is finally played. But it will bring Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins back from the COVID-19 list; they tested positive on November 23.

The addition of Judon, a standout linebacker, and Andrews, the team’s lead receiver, brings the number of 2019 Pro Bowl players to seven that Baltimore placed on the COVID-19 list in the past week. But Ingram is eligible to play in Pittsburgh, putting 12 active players and one practice squad member on the list – including 2019 league MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson.

A scoreboard reads 'Wear a Mask' as the Pittsburgh Steelers play against Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 1, 2020

A scoreboard reads 'Wear a Mask' as the Pittsburgh Steelers play against Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 1, 2020

A scoreboard reads ‘Wear a Mask’ as the Pittsburgh Steelers play against Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 1, 2020

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

There was some other good news for Baltimore, which activated linebacker Jayson Ferguson, offensive lineman DJ Fluker and defensive tackle Broderick Washington from the COVID-19 list. Defensive back Iman Marshall was also triggered, although he’s been on IR since ripping his right ACL in August.

The match with two long-time rivals was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night before an outbreak of coronavirus cases among the Ravens forced the match to be postponed until Sunday. As Baltimore continued to pile up positive tests, the game was moved back to Tuesday night.

Now they may finally meet in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

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

The loss of Andrews and Snead will further hinder backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, who will take snaps from a third-string center after Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura were placed on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday.

The Ravens have pulled several players back from the COVID-19 list, but will still be shorthand on Wednesday afternoon, when they play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens have pulled several players back from the COVID-19 list, but will still be shorthand on Wednesday afternoon, when they play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens have pulled several players back from the COVID-19 list, but will still be shorthand on Wednesday afternoon, when they play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Andrews is type 1 diabetes, which makes COVID-19 potentially more dangerous. His loss should have an impact in leading Baltimore in receptions (38), yards receiving (454), and touchdown catches (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 tag. He is tied for the team leader with four sacks and has 34 tackles.

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

Last Wednesday’s game of the NFL was the 2012 season opener between the Giants and Cowboys, which was moved from a Thursday night due to a conflict with the Democratic National Convention, for which President Barack Obama was scheduled to speak Thursday night.

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

Added Steelers tackling Zach Banner, who was injured in the season opener: ‘I’ll be healthy by the time we play this game.’

Mark Ingram hopes to return shortly after testing positive for COVID-19 last week

Mark Ingram hopes to return shortly after testing positive for COVID-19 last week

Mark Ingram hopes to return shortly after testing positive for COVID-19 last week

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