Ravens-Steelers still scheduled for Thursday night

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The Ravens won’t have running backs Mark Ingram or J.K. Dobbins, who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Ravens are working remotely on Tuesday, the only real day of practice for a short-week game. The Ravens have more players who have tested positive.

The Ravens nevertheless will be playing on Thursday night.

Via Judy Battista of NFL Media, the league says that the Ravens-Steelers game set for Pittsburgh remains on track to be played.

“We will continue to monitor developments in consultation with our medical experts.” the league said, adding that the health and safety of players, coaches, and staff are paramount.

Resting a half click below paramount is getting the games played, even if it means calling up practice-squad players and other assorted slappies to fill out a roster. Although there was a belief before the season began that a certain critical mass of missing players could result in games being postponed, the league’s approach became as of Week Seven’s Buccaneers-Raiders contest that the games will be played on the day they are scheduled to be played, and that teams must rely on the time-honored principle of “next man up.”

Before that, multiple games were delayed, either by a day or two or by a week or three. The league has since decided to kick the ball while it’s on the tee, because there’s no guarantee that a postponement would allow a game to be played.

That’s bad news for the Ravens, good news for the Steelers, and better news for a league that already has lost nearly all of its ticket revenue — and that wants to keep as much of its TV revenue as it can.

28 responses to “Ravens-Steelers still scheduled for Thursday night

  1. Ugh,….I’m a Steelers fan, and honestly, this game should not be played. One for the safety of all players, Two, for the fact that it’s not a fair contest. Both teams should have their best players available except due to injury not Covid.

  2. I hate the Steelers but they’re going to destroy the Ravens who are not the same as last year anyway.

  3. I get that League wants to keep revenue, but wouldn’t they get revenue from this game if it is re-scheduled? And Pittsburgh could not be excited about having to play a team that appears to be a walking virus contaminator, which would jeopardize later Steeler games.

  4. Juju may not play just because the ref threw a flag under his foot. it doesn’t matter, play the game. It should have happened this way after the Titans debacle cost the Steelers their bye week.

  5. However, they still have their leading rusher so they shouldn’t miss Ingram and Dobbins that much.

  6. How do they expect to keep TV revenue when the product is increasingly becoming “next man up”??

  7. Play it virtually, madden baby! Steelers most improved madden rating in 2020, ravens biggest losers in life in 2020.

  8. I think the Steelers are going to beat the Ravens. The Steelers defense will cause mistakes by Lamar Jackson, and this Ben Roethlisberger is a different player than the one who was out there last year.
    Steelers 27 Ravens 20

  9. Ravens can’t tackle with practice they definitely won’t be able to tackle on Thursday. Then again maybe a heavy dose of the Gus Bus is exactly what the ravens need.

  10. If the ravens had the jets up next, none of these positive tests would come out. All a smoke screen to try and avoid the Steelers.

  11. Competitive balance DOES NOT EXIST. When one team has a regular week of uninterrupted practices, and the other team spends days at home doing virtual computer work THAT IS NOT A FAIR AND EQUAL PLAYING FIELD. If the NFL actually makes it to the playoffs, and crowns a Superbowl champion it will come with a huge asterisk *********

  12. If I recall, a couple of weeks ago, the 49ers were short-handed due to Covid positive tests for their Thursday Night Game against the Packers, and the NFL didn’t reschedule that game. Don’t change the rules now …… again. Play on with whomever you have on your active roster.

  13. thermanmerman99 says:
    November 24, 2020 at 2:10 pm
    If the ravens had the jets up next, none of these positive tests would come out. All a smoke screen to try and avoid the Steelers.

    In your dreams buttercup. It will always be tough whenever these two teams meet.

  14. The NFL is turning into a joke. Literally do not care if people get sick and possibly die, as long as they make their money.

  15. Ravens need to get their SHi$$ together plain and simple. Hopefully the Steelers put a beatdown on this sorry franchise.

  16. “If the NFL actually makes it to the playoffs, and crowns a Superbowl champion it will come with a huge asterisk *********”

    …unless its my team, then I’m fine with it.

    Speaking of which my team is the Browns. If they make it to the superbowl after the 2020 year we had, it is surely a sign of the imminent apocalypse. Worth it.

  17. Play the game…. Didn’t hear anyone complaining when the Patriots missed two weeks of practices and played a game without their STARTING QUARTERBACK and reigning defensive player of the year…. you play with what you got, that is why they expanded the rosters on all the teams

  18. thermanmerman99 says:
    November 24, 2020 at 2:10 pm
    If the ravens had the jets up next, none of these positive tests would come out. All a smoke screen to try and avoid the Steelers.

    ~~~~

    Bro, clearly you did not read the article and just jumped right into comments. The article says the game will go on regardless. Next man up philosophy.

  19. The Steelers should win this game, though I think the Ravens will. The Steelers need their letdown sooner rather than later.

  20. Oh man. If the hated Cowboys beat my Redsk…er… Football Team, I’m going to need this game (and several Beck’s) to calm me down!

  21. Move the game to week 18 and move the other two games back a couple hours on Thanksgiving. NFL is ridiculous for not wanting a week 18

  22. redskinisjustaword says:
    November 24, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    If the NFL actually makes it to the playoffs, and crowns a Superbowl champion it will come with a huge asterisk.
    ————

    The Washington Redskin’s victory in Superbowl XVII after the strike-shortened 1982 season does not have an asterisk and is not treated differently in the record books.

    The Washington Redskin’s victory in Superbowl XXII after the strike-shortened 1987 season does not have an asterisk and is not treated differently in the record books.

    What about those years, “redskinisjustaword”?

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