By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports activities Author
The Baltimore Ravens’ battle to comprise an prolonged outbreak of the coronavirus pressured their rescheduled sport Tuesday night time towards the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers to be moved again to Wednesday.
It is the third repair to a matchup initially slated to be performed Thanksgiving night time.
The NFL introduced the latest swap Monday after the Ravens positioned starters Matthew Judon, Willie Snead and Mark Andrews on the reserve/COVID-19 listing.
Though Baltimore additionally had 4 gamers return from that listing, the workforce will nonetheless be severely short-handed when this sport is lastly performed.
The addition of Judon, a standout linebacker, and Andrews, the main receiver on the workforce, brings to seven the variety of 2019 Professional Bowl gamers that Baltimore has positioned on the COVID-19 listing over the previous week.
Cornerback Terrell Bonds, who’s on injured reserve, was additionally added to the expansive listing Monday.
There was a bit of fine information, nevertheless: Baltimore activated linebacker Jayson Ferguson, offensive lineman D.J. Fluker and defensive sort out Broderick Washington from the COVID-19 listing. Defensive again Iman Marshall was additionally activated, though he is been on IR since tearing his proper ACL in August.
The competition pitting two longtime rivals was initially scheduled for Thanksgiving night time earlier than a rash of coronavirus circumstances among the many Ravens pressured the sport to be postponed to Sunday. As Baltimore continued to stack up constructive exams, the sport was moved again to Tuesday night time.
Now, maybe, they’re going to lastly meet on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Or not.
The Ravens (6-4) will face the Steelers with out a number of of their prime playmakers, together with quarterback Lamar Jackson, operating backs Mark Ingram and J.Okay. Dobbins, and defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams.
The lack of Andrews and Snead will additional hinder backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, who will likely be taking snaps from a third-string heart after Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura had been positioned on the COVID-19 listing on Wednesday.
Andrews is a Sort-1 diabetic, which makes COVID-19 probably extra harmful. His loss ought to have an effect in that he leads Baltimore in receptions (38), yards receiving (454) and landing catches (6).
Andrews, Judon, Jackson, Ingram, Campbell, fullback Patrick Ricard and lengthy snapper Morgan Cox had been all chosen to the Professional Bowl final season. Jackson, in fact, was the NFL’s MVP in 2019.
Judon owns Baltimore’s franchise tag. He’s tied for the workforce lead with 4 sacks and has 34 tackles.
Snead has 17 catches for 230 yards and two touchdowns over the previous 4 video games.
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