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Sports NFL postpones Ravens-Steelers game for third time, with matchup now set for Wednesday

01:10  01 december  2020
01:10  01 december  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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For the third time in six days, the NFL has postponed Tuesday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers amid the Ravens' COVID-19 outbreak.

The meeting of AFC North rivals, originally set for Thanksgiving night, is now scheduled to be played Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not yet officially been announced by the league.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the news.

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The Steelers' Week 13 game against the Washington Football Team also will be moved to Monday, according to multiple reports. Three games now are scheduled to be played that day, as the Ravens' previously scheduled Thursday contest against the Dallas Cowboys was also moved to that day.

The league first delayed the game to Sunday and then to Tuesday.

Prior to that initial postponement, the NFL had not moved a game since Week 5.

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Since Baltimore's Week 11 game against the Tennessee Titans, the team has placed 21 players on the COVID-19 reserve list, which is designated for those who either test positive or are designated as high-risk close contacts with those who have received positive tests.

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner has tested positive for Covid-19, according to multiple reports Saturday, delivering another obstacle for the NFL 's twice-delayed Baltimore-Pittsburgh contest now set for Tuesday. The 68-year-old was pulled over in the same area three times in 24 hours.

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On Monday, the Ravens activated four players from the COVID-19 reserve list but placed four more on it. The team has 19 players who still remain on the list and had at least one player test positive in each of the last nine days.

One player tested positive during Monday's testing, but he is on injured reserve and was not found to have close contact with any other players, ESPN's Dan Graziano reported.

Among the players who have tested positive are quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson, running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, tight end Mark Andrews, defensive end Calais Campbell and outside linebacker Matthew Judon.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL postpones Ravens-Steelers game for third time, with matchup now set for Wednesday

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