The Baltimore Ravens are finally on their way to Pittsburgh.
After a widespread COVID-19 outbreak that delayed the game several times, the Ravens boarded a plane Tuesday night to make the tre before Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, PennLive’s Aaron Kasinitz said.
The trip was reportedly sponsored by NFL chief medical officer Dr. Approved for all sills. According to Mike Garrafolo, of the NFL Network, a player and staff member tested positive for the coronavirus before the team left, even though those two had previously tested positive. WHO’s Jeff Zrebiec, one of whom has been practicing with the team for the past few days, has reported two new positive cases to the players on the plane.
When traveling to Pittsburgh, the game is not certain that it will be played – there is still plenty of time before the unusually early kick-off – but it is an extremely good sign.
Steelers-Ravens finally playing on pace
The NFL – clearly poised to play this game and end the season at almost any cost – has pushed the Ravens Steelers game back from its original Thanksgiving Night slot three times due to an outbreak within the Ravens organization. It was first postponed to Sunday and then postponed to Tuesday after star quarterback Lamar Jackson joined those who were expelled.
The league then rescheduled it to Wednesday, although the game will take place at 3:40 p.m. ET due to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony already scheduled at Rockefeller Center in New York.
While it looks like the game is finally about to take place, the ravens will be extremely understaffed.
Jackson is one of 15 players on the Reserve / COVID-19 list that includes multiple offensive lineman, recipients Willie Snead, Mark Andrews and Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins. However, the Ravens removed four players from the list on Tuesday and can bring back both Ingram and Dobbins on Wednesday as long as they test negative.
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It is not clear whether Ingram or Dobbins made the trip or would even be physically ready to compete if allowed.
The team also announced on Tuesday that lineman DJ Fulker is questionable for the matchup with back spasms and defensive duels. Brandon Williams is out with an ankle injury. Offensive coach Joe D’Alessandris and return coach Matt Weiss have not started the trip due to illness.
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