Sports | December 1, 2020 8:58 am

NFL Moves Ravens-Steelers Game Again Due to COVID-19

As of now, Baltimore will travel to Pittsburgh for a Wednesday afternoon game

NFL Moves Ravens-Steelers Game Again Due to COVID-19
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger drops back to pass against the Ravens.
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Thanks to an extended outbreak of the coronavirus within the Baltimore Ravens organization, it is shaping up to be a wacky Wednesday in the NFL.

The Ravens, who were originally supposed to take on the Steelers on the night of Thanksgiving, are set to travel to Pittsburgh to play on Wednesday afternoon.

The game, which was pushed from Thursday to Sunday and then to Tuesday before finally being shifted to Wednesday, is scheduled to be played at 3:40 p.m. ET. NBC was planning to air the matchup as a night game, but will put it on in the afternoon to avoid a conflict with coverage of the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Fears that Ravens players may have refused to play if the game wasn’t moved from Tuesday to a later date may have been at the root of the NFL’s decision to postpone the divisional bout again, ProFootballTalk reported.

“Players arrived already prepared to work out on the field, and they did not enter the locker room or training room,” the Ravens said in a statement released on Monday. “We intend to hold another walk-through session on Tuesday, in preparation for traveling to Pittsburgh Tuesday evening.”

In corresponding moves, the NFL shifted the Week 13 Ravens-Dallas game, which was set to be played on Thursday night, to Tuesday of next week and the Pittsburgh-Washington game from Sunday to Monday.

It is interesting the NFL has postponed the Ravens-Steelers game this many times without simply moving it until later in the season as it not shaping up to be much of a contest.

Due to the team’s COVID-19 outbreak, the Ravens (6-4) will face Pittsburgh (10-0) without several of their best players, including 2019 league MVP Lamar Jackson, leading pass-catcher Mark Andrews, wide receiver Willie Snead and defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams.

Of course, on any given Sunday Wednesday anything can happen, but it seems likely the undefeated Steelers will push their record to 11-0 against a depleted Baltimore team.