Ravens vs. Steelers Postponed to Tuesday amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) pushes in to score on a touchdown run against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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The AFC North clash between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed again after a COVID-19 outbreak within the former's organization.

The game has been moved to Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, the NFL announced Friday. The league also announced the Ravens' next game, against the Dallas Cowboys, will be moved to Monday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. ET. It was originally scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini first reported the news.

The Baltimore-Pittsburgh matchup was supposed to take place Thursday night but was moved to Sunday because of positive tests among the Ravens. Schefter reported Thursday that Baltimore shut down its training facility until Monday following four more positive player tests.

Thursday, running backs Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins, defensive lineman Brandon Williams, linebacker Pernell McPhee, defensive end Calais Campbell, and offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura had all already been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. On Friday, the Ravens announced that quarterback Lamar Jackson, fullback Patrick Ricard, defensive end Justin Madubuike, and long snapper Morgan Cox were added to the list. 

There has already been some discipline related to the outbreak.

Baltimore released a statement Wednesday that said it disciplined a staff member for "conduct surrounding the recent COVID-19 cases that have affected players and staff."

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This is not the first time Pittsburgh's schedule has been altered because of a COVID-19 outbreak for one of its opponents.

The Steelers' Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans was pushed back to Week 7, which basically cost them their bye week since they had already practiced in the days leading up to the Titans contest.

Pittsburgh won that game 27-24 in Week 7.

When the meeting with the Ravens was originally postponed, a number of Steelers players were frustrated that another game had been impacted by a COVID-19 outbreak:

Whenever the game does take place, it will be an opportunity for the Ravens to climb back into playoff position following a 6-4 start.

While catching the 10-0 Steelers is probably out of the picture, they are also battling the 7-3 Cleveland Browns for second place in the AFC North.