Positive COVID-19 tests for Ravens players and staff have caused their Thanksgiving night game against the Steelers to be moved three times.
As of Monday, Nov. 30, the NFL has chosen to move the game from Thanksgiving night to Sunday afternoon, then to Tuesday and then Wednesday. The Ravens have had double-digit players and staffers test positive for the coronavirus, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Monday that Baltimore running backs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins were among the positive tests, and 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson followed with a positive of his own late last week. The Ravens were scheduled to take on the 10-0 Steelers in Pittsburgh on Thursday night at 8:20 p.m. ET, but the game won’t be taking place at that time.
Sporting News will update this story with the latest developments as they happen.
Steelers vs. Ravens news updates for Thanksgiving
Game postponed to Wednesday, Dec. 2
(Nov. 30): ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Ravens-Steelers game has been postponed to Wednesday, Dec. 2.
‘Chances of postponement… increasing by the hour’
(Nov. 30): After positive COVID-19 tests continued through the weekend for the Ravens, they were sent home from their facility Monday morning instead of being allowed to take part in a scheduled walk-through. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday afternoon that the Ravens still didn’t know when or if they’d be leaving for Pittsburgh, and he wrote that the chance of postponement was on the rise.
Ravens players still have not been given any guidance on when or if the team will be leaving for Pittsburgh, per sources. Chances of postponement for Tuesday night’s game now increasing by the hour.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 30, 2020
The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec tweeted shortly after that one option being considered is to push Steelers-Ravens back one more day to ensure Baltimore’s outbreak is contained. That would mean an NFL game on a Wednesday night if it became the plan.
Game to be played Tuesday, Dec. 1
(Nov. 27): The NFL announced that the game has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 1. If the game is played that night, then the Week 13 game between the Ravens and Cowboys currently scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, will be moved to Monday, Dec. 7, and be played at 5 p.m. ET. The league did not say whether the Steelers’ Week 13 game vs. Washington scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6, would be moved.
Ravens are shutting down their training facility
(Nov. 26): According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Ravens are shutting down their training facility until Monday at the earliest. Ravens players were told by John Harbaugh that they would not be allowed in the facilities, which makes it very unlikely that this game will be played this week.
Lamar Jackson reportedly tests positive for COVID-19
(Nov. 26): Sources told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport that Baltimore’s MVP quarterback tested positive. Neither Jackson nor the team has confirmed the report. It was not immediately known whether Jackson was among the five players initially reported as being positive. (UPDATE: Schefter reported that Jackson was one of four additional players to test positive.) The midweek news means Jackson will miss Sunday’s rescheduled game as he moves into isolation and likely to the COVID-19 reserve list. Jackson’s backup, Robert Griffin III, would be in line to replace him in the lineup.
Steelers-Ravens to be played 1:15 p.m. Sunday on NBC
(Nov. 25): The Steelers and Ravens will play on a national broadcast at 1:15 p.m. Sunday on NBC, the NFL announced.
Steelers-Ravens postponed until Sunday
(Nov. 25): The Steelers-Ravens Thanksgiving game has been postponed to Sunday, Nov. 29, according to an official release from the NFL. The broadcast time and date are still to be announced.
Pernell McPhee to COVID-19 list, out Thursday
(Nov. 24): Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That means he’ll be out Thursday.
Schefter: ‘Further positives could mean postponing’
(Nov. 24): As of Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving game was still on as scheduled. He also wrote “one source warned that further positives could mean postponing it.” Pittsburgh already had a postponement in Week 4 when the Titans were unable to play due to a team outbreak.
Ravens receive more positive tests two days before Thanksgiving
(Nov. 24): The numbers here differ slightly. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Baltimore is up to four positive player tests and five positive support staff tests for a total of nine. The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec reported that there’s now been “at least 10 positive tests.” Regardless, the Baltimore positive testing numbers increased from Monday to Tuesday ahead of a Thursday game.
Mark Ingram, JK Dobbins test positive for COVID-19
(Nov. 23): NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that Ravens running backs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins both tested positive for COVID-19 and would be going on the COVID-19/reserve list. That would keep them out of Thursday night’s game. Gus Edwards moved to the front of Baltimore’s RB depth chart with this news. John Harbaugh told reporters that only one other player had to quarantine as a result of contact tracing: nose tackle Brandon Williams.