Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving tilt moved to Sunday after 7 Ravens test positive for virus
The primetime Thanksgiving game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers was pushed back from Thursday night to Sunday with a kickoff time to be determined. The NFL announced its decision on Wednesday, and a new game time for the Ravens-Steelers tilt will be announced later on Wednesday, according to the league.
“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.
Baltimore’s seven players who tested positive or are considered high-risk are offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura, defensive end Calais Campbell, defensive tackle Brandon Williams, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, and running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins. The Ravens had four staff members test positive for COVID-19 as well. With that, the team announced that all activities would be virtual.
Although the decision was made with the right intentions, frustration was still evident regarding the move in a tweet from Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
“First the NFL takes away our bye week because another team can’t get their Covid situation together, now they take away our Thanksgiving primetime game for the same reason. Smh,” Smith-Schuster said in a tweet.
The change marks the 13th time this season an NFL game has been rescheduled, postponed, or canceled due to a coronavirus-related issue. The Ravens have lost three of their last four contests heading into the second of two matchups with their AFC North rival Steelers. Pittsburgh won 28-24 in Baltimore the last time these teams faced each other in Week 7. For more sports coverage, click here.