Ravens vs. Steelers Moved to Wednesday; 3rd Postponement Due to COVID

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2020

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, front left, fumbles the ball while being hit by Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) and inside linebacker Vince Williams (98) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. The Steelers won 28-24. Steelers linebacker Robert Spillane (41) recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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The NFL has moved the scheduled matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens from Tuesday to Wednesday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. ET.

This marks the third time the game has been postponed, as it was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night and initially rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 29.

According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Wednesday was being considered as a possibility, as it "would give one more day to make sure COVID-19 outbreak with Ravens is under control and also give them a day to get a practice in."

The shift to Wednesday isn't a surprise. As the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported, "Ravens players had a players-only meeting recently to express serious concern about playing on Tuesday. They have been adamant about wanting a day to practice."

The Ravens have had a major breakout of the coronavirus, with 18 players put on the reserve/COVID-19 list in the past week and 20 players on the list overall, including star quarterback Lamar Jackson. ESPN's Jamison Hensley reported Saturday that the Ravens "had seven straight days with at least one positive test."

The team has not practiced since Tuesday, with all meetings being held virtually.

As for the implications of the schedule going forward, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Steelers matchup with the Washington Football Team in Week 13 is being moved from Sunday, Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 7.

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Still, the NFL could just postpone the game and tack on an extra week to the end of the season. That would give the league some more flexibility in the event other games need to be postponed, with coronavirus cases spiking around the country.

However, at the moment it seems that the league just doesn't want to:

Surely there are postseason scheduling and television considerations at play, though it could also be argued that the NFL should have had the foresight to bake a bit more flexibility into their schedule this year. Instead, the Ravens and Steelers have now had their game postponed three times and are being pushed closer and closer to Week 13.