BALTIMORE — The Pittsburgh Steelers will now play the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday night, according to the NFL.
The Steelers issued a statement to Channel 11 reading:
“We appreciate our fans patience as we work through the rescheduling of our upcoming game versus the Baltimore Ravens. Along with the Ravens, we have been working with the league office to ensure the game can be safely played in Week 12. We look forward to a national NBC audience on Tuesday night that will showcase one of the best rivalries in the NFL”
The Steelers also placed three players on the Reserve/COVID-19 List: defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Offensive Lineman Kevin Dotson remains on the list as well. This does not necessarily mean these players have tested positive. They could have only coming into close contact with someone who had a positive test. Players who test positive for COVID-19 are required to quarantine for at least 10 days as long as they continue to test negative. Players who are considered a high-risk close contact must sit out at least five days.
If the game cannot be played, the NFL has said there is a possibility of adding another game on at the end of the season and allowing more teams into an expanded playoff format. Additionally, if the game is forfeited players on both teams will not get paid.
On Friday, Coach Mike Tomlin cancelled practice as the team awaited word from the NFL regarding Sunday’s game.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Last year’s NFL MVP is the biggest star to become infected by the virus. The Baltimore Sun and ESPN, both citing unidentified sources, reported that Jackson was among four more Ravens players to test positive Thursday. Jackson will not be available to play in the rescheduled game. 16 players between the two teams are now on the Reserve/COVID-19 list
ESPN reported Thursday that head coach John Harbaugh ordered the team’s training facility to be closed until Monday at the earliest and that players will not be allowed in until then.
The Steelers were scheduled to play the Ravens on a Thanksgiving night showdown in primetime. The current outbreak, which continues to grow throughout the organization, had initially caused the NFL to postpone the game until Sunday at 1:15 p.m.
The Ravens will have to rely on Robert Griffin III or practice squad quarterback Tyler Huntley. Former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorely is on the COVID-19 list.
This marks the third time this season the Steelers have been impacted by another team’s COVID-19 situation. The Ravens now have at least 10 players on the COVID-19 list along with a number of office employees and a coach.
One of the team’s strength and conditioning coaches has reportedly been disciplined related to the current outbreak.
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