foxnews– The Week 12 showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed until Wednesday afternoon due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
It was the third time the NFL moved the game since it was originally scheduled on Thanksgiving. ESPN reported the game was moved again Monday night. The game is slated to start at 3:40 p.m. ET, according to the voice of the Ravens Gerry Saunders.
The NFL made the official announcement later Monday along with additional scheduling changes.
“The Week 13 Washington Football Team at Pittsburgh Steelers game, originally scheduled for Sunday, December 6, will be moved to Monday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The broadcast arrangements will be announced at a later time,” the league said
“The Week 13 Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens game, originally scheduled for Thursday, December 3, will be moved to Tuesday, December 8 at 8:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on FOX/NFL Network/Amazon.
“These decisions were made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.”
Assuming the Ravens-Steelers game plays as scheduled, it will be the sixth Wednesday game in NFL history and just the second since 1948. The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys opened the 2012 season on a Wednesday.
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The Ravens had two more members of their team test positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, including Pro Bowl tight end and Type 1 diabetic Mark Andrews, ESPN reported on Sunday. That brought the team’s total to at least 11 players and 10 staff members who have recently contracted the virus. Twenty players total have been added to the reserve/COVID list in recent days.
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The Ravens’ outbreak led to the Ravens-Steelers game being rescheduled, but the Steelers have been dealing with COVID problems as well. Running back James Conner was among the Steelers personnel who tested positive for the virus.
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After the game was postponed on Thanksgiving, the league announced on Friday that the Ravens (6-4) would play against the unbeaten Steelers (10-0) on Tuesday night.