The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers have been on a track to play one another for almost a week now, and all fans have seen are delays. The game scheduled on Thanksgiving night was pushed to Sunday, then to Tuesday, and now it looks like the NFL might be pushing the game back again to Wednesday.
This per Adam Schefter of ESPN:
NFL is now pondering a third postponement of the Ravens-Steelers game to later this week, per league source. Game already has been moved from Thanksgiving to Sunday to Tuesday....and now could be on the move again.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 30, 2020
For a little more context, and someone who covers the Ravens, Jeff Zrebiec states the NFL is leaving the option open to make sure the team’s COVID-19 outbreak is under control, and possibly give the Ravens an extra practice before playing the Steelers.
One option being considered for Ravens-Steelers is the game being pushed back to Wednesday night. Would give one more day to make sure COVID-19 outbreak with Ravens is under control and also give them a day to get a practice in.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) November 30, 2020
If the latter is true, Steelers fans won’t be happy about it. This is the second time this season the Steelers have been on the wrong end of another team’s mismanagement of NFL COVID-19 protocols, and the thought of the league showing leniency towards the Ravens and let them practice seems to be a stretch.
With that said, the Steelers have been granted the “mini bye” they were looking forward to after their scheduled Thursday night game. This break has given the team to get players like Joe Haden and JuJu Smith-Schuster as healthy as possible before taking the field.
Either way, the hope is the Steelers and Ravens play in Week 12, and the NFL not create a Week 18 game which could hurt the Steelers at the very end of the season. The NFL hasn’t made a decision on the game, and one can be expected soon.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is now reporting the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in Week 12 will be played on Wednesday night. How this affects the Steelers’ Week 13 matchup against Washington remains to be seen.
Ravens-Steelers postponed to Wednesday, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 30, 2020
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes as the Steelers hope to get back on the field sooner than later.