Three separate postponements due to a coronavirus outbreak in the Baltimore Ravens’ facility have led their week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to be played on a Wednesday afternoon. That game will happen today, however, as the NFL appears determined to get this game in and avoid a postponement or cancellation that would potentially lead to a major change to the league’s remaining schedule.
Still, Baltimore has a multitude of players on the reserve/COVID-19 list heading into this game due to a combination of positive tests and close contact determinations. That group includes quarterback Lamar Jackson, running backs JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram, tight end Mark Andrews, and defensive lineman Calais Campbell, among others. Some of those players might be activated in time for the game this afternoon, but several will not, with Jackson — the reigning NFL MVP — among them. Baltimore is still seeing more positive tests roll in, however, but the league is insisting upon playing this game this week regardless.
Here’s a fun fact about the weird scheduling: this game is taking place in the middle of the afternoon because of NBC’s other contractual obligations. The network is required to broadcast the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on Wednesday evening, so putting this game in prime time was not an option.
So there we have it. Join us for the game this afternoon if you can and discuss here in the comments.
Baltimore Ravens (7-3) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0)
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
3:40 PM Eastern Time
Commentators: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya
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