Positive COVID-19 tests for Ravens players and staff have put their Thanksgiving night game against the Steelers at risk.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the NFL decided to move the game from Thanksgiving night to Sunday afternoon. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Ravens have tested at least five players and four employees positive for the corona virus. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Monday that Baltimore's Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins were among the positive tests. The Ravens were scheduled to face the 10-0 Steelers in Pittsburgh on Thursday evening at 8:20 p.m. ET, but the game won't take place at this point.
Sporting News will update this story with the latest developments.
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Steelers vs. Raven's news updates for Thanksgiving
Game will be played on Tuesday December 1st
(November 27th): The NFL announced that the game had been postponed for 8 p.m. ET Tuesday December 1st. If the game is played that evening, the week 13 game between the Ravens and Cowboys, currently scheduled for Thursday December 3rd, will be postponed to Monday December 7th and will be played at 5pm. ET. The league did not say whether the Steelers' Week 13 game against Washington, scheduled for Sunday, December 6, would be postponed.
Ravens close their training facility
(November 26th): According to Adam Schefter from ESPN, the Ravens will close their training facility on Monday at the earliest. John Harbaugh told the Ravens players that they are not allowed to enter the facilities, making this game very unlikely to be played this week.
Lamar Jackson has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19
(November 26th): Sources told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that Baltimore's MVP quarterback tested positive. Neither Jackson nor the team have confirmed the report. It wasn't immediately known if Jackson was among the five players originally reported positive. (TO UPDATE: Schefter reported that Jackson was one of four additional players who tested positive.) The weekday news means Jackson will miss Sunday's rescheduled game as he is isolated and likely on the COVID-19 reserve list. Jackson's backup, Robert Griffin III, would replace him on the line-up.
Steelers-Ravens play at 1:15 p.m. Sunday on NBC
(November 25): The Steelers and Ravens will be on a national broadcast at 1:15 p.m. Sunday on NBC, the NFL announced.
Steelers-Ravens postponed to Sunday
(25. November): The Steelers-Ravens Thanksgiving game has been postponed to Sunday November 29th, according to an official NFL release. The broadcast time and date will be announced.
Pernell McPhee on COVID-19 list, Thursday
(November 24): Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee was put on the COVID-19 / reserve list on Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. That means he'll be out on Thursday.
Schefter: "Further positive results could mean a shift"
November 24th: On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving game was still going as planned. He also wrote, "a source warned that more positive results could mean postponing it." Pittsburgh had a postponement as early as Week 4 when the Titans couldn't play due to a team breakout.
Ravens get more positive tests two days before Thanksgiving
(November 24th): The numbers here differ slightly. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Baltimore ran up to four positive player tests and five positive tests for support agents for a total of nine tests. Jeff Zrebiec of Athletic reported that there have now been "at least 10 positive tests". Regardless, the positive test numbers in Baltimore increased from Monday to Tuesday before a game on Thursday.
Mark Ingram, JK Dobbins test positive for COVID-19
(November 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 placed on the COVID-19 / reserve list. That would keep her away from the Thursday night game. Gus Edwards moved to the top of Baltimore's RB depth map with this news. John Harbaugh told reporters that only one other player needs to be quarantined due to contact tracing: Brandon Williams nasal device.