Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving Game Delayed Due To Outbreak
The most-anticipated Thanksgiving NFL night game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak among the Ravens. The game and respective Bitcoin NFL odds are now set to kick off on Sunday, 1:15 p.m. ET. It will be broadcasted nationally by NBC.
The NFL made the decision after the COVID-19 outbreak among the Ravens worsened, 31 hours before the game began. The league will use the rest of the week to conduct more testing and contact tracing. This unfortunate situation, as expected, evoked an angry response from Steelers’ players who already faced multiple postponements and have been waiting to finish the series.
“This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches, and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts,” the NFL said in a statement.
In response, the Ravens thanked the league for its quick action: “We appreciate the NFL for its diligence in working closely with us to ensure the well-being of players, coaches, and staff from both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers organizations.”
The outbreak has been a league-wide concern, but the number of rising cases in the Ravens’ organization is more alarming and needs undivided attention. Members of their coaching staff and support staff have tested positive. At press time, the Ravens now have seven players who tested positive or have been identified as close contacts of those affected.
To save the situation, the Ravens recently added three more players to their roster amid the outbreak: offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura and defensive end Calais Campbell. The three will be used as part of the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Steelers, meanwhile, will face another week in isolation for something they did not do. This is not the first time the team’s schedule has been affected by a COVID-19 outbreak. Their Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans was moved to Week 7 because of an outbreak within the Titans organization. Succeeding that, their first Ravens matchup was moved from Week 7 to their originally scheduled bye on Week 8. The Week 4 postponement then became the Steelers’ de facto bye week. For this recent postponement, the Steelers lost their mini-bye week.