The Thanksgiving Night game between Ravens and the Steelers has been switched over to Sunday afternoon due to coronavirus issues with Baltimore.
The NFL announced the move Wednesday, setting the match at 1:15 pm EST on NBC. Previously, it was scheduled to air prime time on NBC on Thanksgiving Day.
Baltimore full-back Pernell McVeigh placed in Reserve / COVID-19, joined by full-back Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins and defensive intervention Brandon Williams. The Ravens also do group work virtually.
The Ravens said later on Wednesday that it had punished a member of the team, who was reported to be a strength coach, for failing to comply with league protocols.
“We appreciate the NFL for its efforts in working closely with us to ensure the well-being of players, coaches and staff from each of the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers institutions,” Ravens said in a statement.
Protecting the health and safety of every team, as well as our communities as a whole, is extremely important. We will continue to follow the guidance of the NFL and its medical experts, as we focus on safely resuming preparations for Sunday’s game. “
The game – assuming it will be played on Sunday – means that the crows will trade for a short week for another. They are scheduled to play Dallas on Thursday, December 3rd.
There will be no fans allowed in the Ravens match.
This isn’t the first time the Steelers have had to adjust their schedule due to COVID-19 issues with opponents. Their trip to Nashville on October 4 to confront the Titans turned into an unexpected farewell week when the disease broke out in Tennessee.
The disc forced the Steelers to play 13 consecutive weeks to finish the regular season. They were hoping to at least get a little break by playing Thanksgiving – the franchise’s first-ever game on their Pittsburgh home on vacation – and then get on the weekend before the home stretch begins.
Instead, they quickly find themselves acclimatizing again.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Steeler’s Wide Receiver wasn’t entirely enthusiastic about the development.
“First, the NFL is taking Farewell Week because another team can’t put Covid mode together, and now they’re taking their prime-time Thanksgiving match for the same reason. Smh,” he posted on social media.
The silver side of Smith Shuster is that it gives him a few extra days for the right leg he modified during a strange play in Jacksonville – when he twisted his leg after stepping on a penalty flag – to prepare for the crows.
Coach Mike Tomlin praised his team’s ability to remain light on two feet in adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their success. The Steelers experienced his own COVID-19 scare earlier this month when Vance McDonald tested positive after beating Dallas, forcing midfielder Ben Roethlisberger and a handful of his teammates into quarantine before facing the Bengalis. Roethlisberger ended up playing and throwing four touchdowns in an easy victory.
Rothlisberger shrugged his shoulders on Tuesday when asked if it was appropriate for the Steelers to face the crows without Baltimore being able to train as a precaution.
“This is just an extraordinary year when it comes to everything we have to do, and everyone should do it. We saw it early on, of course, with the Titans game, goodbye, all those kinds of things.” “What are you going to do? You just have to do what they tell you and go play the ball.”
Also, the Cleveland Browns has trained with shifts and strikers as a precaution while dealing with a new round of COVID-19 problems.
The team temporarily closed their headquarters in Berea, Ohio, after home-back Sion Takitaki was confirmed injured on Wednesday. Before Takitaki’s identity was revealed, Brown performed contact tracing to see if the other players had been hit by the second public player, who returned an interception for relegation in Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
As an added safety measure, Browns coach Kevin Stefansky separately conducted his offensive and defense training inside the team’s indoor field home, which is also being used as a weight room due to the COVID protocols.
It has become the norm in Cleveland.
“We started online meetings and had to make changes to the schedule and everything quickly, so this is not new to us,” said Quarterback Baker Mayfield. “The next man mindset we want to be in, no matter who is out there, we want to be able to get out and implement. Whether it’s COVID things or injuries like I said, you don’t want to get infected, but you have to deal with it, especially this year.” .
Takitaki is the fifth player from Cleveland to be placed on the COVID list. He will miss Sunday’s game in Jacksonville alongside defensive star Miles Jarrett, who also missed the win over Philadelphia after falling ill last week.
Stefansky did not provide any details of Jarrett’s condition, but said it was possible that the 24-year-old, who has 9 and a half bags, could return to the December 6 game against Tennessee.
Stefansky said full back Andy Janovic and defensive ending Joe Jackson will also miss this week’s match. Stefansky said attacking hookman Chris Hubbard has a chance to be activated from the COVID list this week.
This has been a consistent and familiar pattern for Brown, who have had to close their headquarters multiple times in the past few weeks to do contact tracing as the virus continues to wreak havoc across the NFL and the country.
“Men adapt, they are flexible,” said Stefansky. (Attack coordinator) Coach Van Pelt showed a picture of Stretch Armstrong this morning. This is who we are, and this is what we should be. “
Other NFL teams are also dealing with COVID-19:
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without three defense coaches this weekend due to COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.
Coach Doug Marron says defensive coordinator Todd Wash, defense coach Jason Ribrovich and defensive assistant Dwayne Stokes will not be available against Brown. Reprovic missed last week’s game against Pittsburgh due to coronavirus protocols.
Marron and Assistant Special Teams Coordinator Mike Mallory will be managing defense during training this week.
On Sunday, coach Joe Dana will call up the defense and assistant back coach, Tony Gilbert, will direct the line of defense. Assistant Tyler Wolf will take over Gilbert’s responsibilities from the training room.
– Cincinnati Bengals have added receiver Auden Tate and offensive line man BJ Finney to their COVID-19 / Reserve list. Team corner back Winston Rose has returned to coaching team from the COVID-19 roster. The Bengals host the New York Giants on Sunday.
– The Indianapolis Colts team has placed DeForest Buckner’s defensive tackle on the Pro Bowl’s Reserve / COVID-19 list. Buckner will not be able to play on Sunday, leaving Indy without the best player in the running to face Tennessee. The loss could be particularly devastating as the Colts team will face Derek Henry, the 2019 league champion and league captain this season.
AP Pro soccer writer Barry Wilner and sportswriters Mike Marott, Tom Withers and Will Graves contributed.
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