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Sport Will Monday’s COVID-19 results send Ravens-Steelers to Week 18?

19:56  30 november  2020
19:56  30 november  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Monday Night Pick'emMonday Night Pick'em. The Ravens have 20 players total on the reserve/ COVID - 19 list, as quarterback Trace McSorley and injured The outbreak in Baltimore has already caused the Ravens ' Week 12 game against the Steelers to get The 18 players placed on the Ravens ' reserve/ COVID - 19 list this week have accounted for 66 starts and 3,918 snaps this season.

The Ravens sent six more players onto the Covid - 19 list on Saturday, having placed 18 there in all since Monday . The moves come as the NFL announced it will close all team training facilities on Monday and Tuesday for in-person activities in response to rising Covid - 19 rates across the United

Tuesday night’s re-re-scheduled game between the Ravens and Steelers remains on. Will that be the case later today?

The NFL prevented the Ravens from conducting a Monday morning walk-through. It could still happen at 5:00 p.m. ET (per Albert Breer of SI.com).

That’s not a randomly-selected time. By then, the league and the Ravens will know whether any additional players have tested positive. Given the decision to delay practice until those results emerge, it’s safe to assume that further positives will likely block the planned practice.

So then the question becomes whether the league will pull the plug on the game?

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BALTIMORE — The Ravens added six more players to the reserve/ COVID - 19 list, and the Pittsburgh Steelers placed another starter on the list Saturday, adding more doubt to the teams' Week 12 game that has already been rescheduled twice. Outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, offensive linemen D.J

positive COVID - 19 tests Saturday, sources told ESPN' s Adam Schefter. The NFL still intends to go ahead with Tuesday night' s contest between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers despite Baltimore recording two more positive COVID - 19 tests Saturday, sources told ESPN' s Adam Schefter.

Most assume that, if postponed again, Ravens-Steelers would become the first game of the long-expected 18th week of the regular season. The NFL has strongly resisted that possibility, given that sending one game to Week 18 removes the potential safety net for the rest of the season as to the two teams who are due to play in Week 18.

What happens if the Bills or Steelers have an issue next week and their Week 13 Sunday night game can’t be played? Does it simply get canceled, since the Steelers already have a game on the docket for Week 18? Or does the league eventually stage the “better” or “more impactful” game, picking between Ravens-Steelers and Steelers-Bills?

It’s a potential can of worms that shouldn’t be resolved simply be taking a first-in, first-out approach. Why should Ravens-Steelers take precedence over Steelers-Bills or Ravens-Browns, if either of those games can’t be played?

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ESPN' s Adam Schefter is reporting that Ravens ' Pro Bowl TE Mark Andrews has tested positive for COVID - 19 . Duration: 02: 18 43 mins ago.

The NFL made the announcement on Wednesday after several Ravens players and staff members were placed on the COVID - 19 Reserve List. UP NEXT. NOW PLAYING: News. Thanksgiving Ravens - Steelers Game Postponed Due to COVID - 19 .

That’s surely one of the reasons why the league has had a “damn the torpedoes” approach to getting games played. The current problem, however, is that a torpedo may still be heading for the hull of Ravens at Steelers.

Per a league source, the Ravens are beginning to sense that the NFL has two camps. Science versus sport. Some are inclined to play it safe, and others are inclined to conclude that it’s safe to proceed.

Monday’s PCR test results for the Ravens loom over any such internal debate. If they’re clean, it surely will be game on (unless Tuesday morning’s samples yield positives by late Tuesday afternoon). If they’re not clean, Tuesday’s game could be postponed to Week 18 — possibly with the caveat that, based on other developments over the next five weekends, the game may not be played at all.

Will Monday’s COVID-19 results send Ravens-Steelers to Week 18? originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

Steelers star LB Bud Dupree reportedly lost for the season with torn ACL .
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