The Baltimore Ravens have been in the cross hairs of Pittsburgh Steelers fans since their COVID-19 outbreak started just over a week ago. Since then fans who have wanted to see these two bitter AFC North rivals square off at Heinz Field have had to wait.
First wait till Sunday, then wait till Tuesday. Could they have to wait even longer? Well, there is good news and bad news to report on Monday afternoon.
First, the good news. The Ravens have activated four players off their Reserve/COVID-19 List. This per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
The #Ravens have activated OLB Jaylon Ferguson, OL D.J. Fluker, DB Iman Marshall and DT Broderick Washington from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 30, 2020
Those four players were:
OLB Jaylon Ferguson
OL D.J. Fluker
DB Iman Marshall
DT Broderick Washington
Now for the bad news.
The Ravens made the official move of putting four players on the Reserve/COVID-19 List. Three of these names were known, with one surprise.
The players added to the list were:
WR Willie Snead
TE Mark Andrews
OLB Matthew Judon
CB Terrell Bonds
Bonds was the surprise name of the group, and he is currently on the Injured Reserve list and is not around any players.
So, what does this all mean? It means there is a net zero for Monday. 4 players off, 4 players on. In other words, the NFL is deeming this to be a no new positive cases for the day. A huge step in the right direction for a game being played Tuesday night.
For those wondering why it would take so long for these players to land on the reserve list, you should know sometimes it takes time for the organization to put them officially on the list and then the list becoming public. The positives of Andrews, Snead and Judon were known well over 24 hours ago. They are just now being made official.
However, the Ravens aren’t out of the woods yet. They at least need a second day of no positive tests before it is considered game on in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes on the Steelers as they prepare for a hopeful prime time game Tuesday night.