OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers seems to be on the move again, following the news that the league has postponed the matchup for a third time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the COVID-19 outbreak in Baltimore has forced the league to postponed to game to Wednesday. This means the game becomes the first of the NFL season to be moved three times.
At the time of this report, the NFL said the game is now slated to kick-off at 3:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
The Ravens and Steelers clash was initially scheduled for Thanksgiving night, but was moved to Sunday and then shifted to Tuesday night.
The Week 12 clash was shifted again after more Ravens players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Baltimore placed six players on the list on Saturday, which pushed the total players at that time to almost 20 over the weekend.
On Monday, the Ravens reported that they officially placed three more starters on their reserve/COVID-19 list.
Two 2019 Pro Bowlers – tight end Mark Andrews and outside linebacker Matthew Judon – were among the trio placed on the list Monday. Wide receiver Willie Snead IV was also added.
With the number of positive tests coming out of the Baltimore camp, it is not a surprised to see the league postponing the clash between AFC North rivals for the third time in six days.
In all honesty, Sunday’s game was never going to happen, at least not after the information reaching SportingAlert. Even though several players were optimistic about taking the field, the rapid growth in positive tests made Tuesday’s game almost impossible to go ahead.
Moving the game forward an extra day doesn’t seem like much, as what will an additional day do?
It might not seem like much, but this shows that the NFL, at least at the moment, is trying to do everything possible to accommodate both teams and take the necessary precaution.
Meanwhile, ESPN is reporting that the Steelers game against the Washington Football Club, scheduled for Sunday, is being moved to next Monday.
No surprises here!