Positive COVID-19 tests for Ravens players and staff have put their Thanksgiving night game against the Steelers in jeopardy.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the NFL has chosen to move the game from Thanksgiving night to Sunday afternoon. The Ravens have had at least five players and four staffers test positive for the coronavirus, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo already reported Monday that Baltimore running backs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins were among the positive tests. The Ravens were scheduled to take on the 10-0 Steelers in Pittsburgh on Thursday night at 8:20 p.m. ET, but that won’t be taking place at that time now.
Sporting News will update the latest developments on this topic as they happen.
Steelers vs. Ravens news updates for Thanksgiving
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.