Ravens coach John Harbaugh: “We will be prepared to play the Steelers”

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The Week 12 game between the Ravens and Steelers has been moved from Thursday to Sunday and now to Tuesday. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has issued a statement vowing that his team will be ready to go.

“We appreciate the efforts of the NFL and Pittsburgh Steelers throughout this process,” Harbaugh said, “while we all work to create an environment that keeps the health and safety of everyone involved at the forefront of each decision.

“Our organization has a plan in place, and we will be prepared to pay the Steelers. We thank everyone for their adaptability and look forward to the challenge of facing a very good football team at Heinz Field on Tuesday night.”

Harbaugh’s confidence is well founded. With the facility closed since Tuesday, any additional positives would be the result of community spread, not an indication that the virus continues to spread among the team. Although the team may not be as prepared as it would be in a normal week and several key players (like quarterback Lamar Jackson) won’t be available to play, the virus won’t keep the Ravens from playing on Tuesday night.

30 responses to “Ravens coach John Harbaugh: “We will be prepared to play the Steelers”

  1. “will be prepared to pay the Steelers”.Kayyyy. Hope that’s an sp and not a slip of conscious.

  2. Whinebaugh: I want to thank Roger Goodell for playing golf with my boss down at Augusta a couple weeks back, and for our organization to be allowed to cheat openly with the help of the commissioner without any semblance of punishment as repeat offenders.

  3. I dont get it….why the accommodation? Being that the virus outbreak occurred due to proven violations from the Ravens personnel, Shouldn’t they forfeit the game? Instead, they continue to push back the game and accommodate the wrongdoer and punish the team who did nothing

  4. You ain’t ready for a bunch of pissed off Steelers. The sleeping giant that is the almighty Pittsburgh Steelers has awoken. Woe unto thee.

  5. Steelers announced three players have been placed on Covid list. Are we going to push the game back any further? No? Why not?

  6. All whining aside the game is a joke as the season is quickly becoming. They can prepare all they want here are the facts. They have no center (Mekari and Skura)no long snapper (Cox), 1 QB RG3, and no D line other then Derek Wolfe.

    The Steelers could score 80 and rush for 500.

    This problem started with one knucklehead but it was the NFL that tried to cram the game into Thursday night and caused the outbreak Now they have to face the embarrassment of a sham game and sham season if it even continues.

  7. So, Tuesday to Friday means it must be community spread. Incubation period is now 4 days. Thanks Florio

  8. The NFL: “We will keep safety first for our coaches and players, no team need play and there will be no repurcussions if they are impacted by Covid. Take the time you need Ravens.” The 49ers: “Hold my beer…”

  9. The NFL league office is unbelievable. They have no problem fining the Raiders and Steelers but bend over backwards for the Ravens. Where are their fines. Change the game three times for the Ravens and then its fine Pittsburgh can play the following Sunday Talk about some bias decisions penalize the teams that have followed the latest and greatest and give the Ravens a Big pass. I bet the Raiders owners are livid and Steelers owner should be

  10. melikefootball says:
    November 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm
    The NFL league office is unbelievable. They have no problem fining the Raiders and Steelers but bend over backwards for the Ravens. Where are their fines. Change the game three times for the Ravens and then its fine Pittsburgh can play the following Sunday Talk about some bias decisions penalize the teams that have followed the latest and greatest and give the Ravens a Big pass. I bet the Raiders owners are livid and Steelers owner should be

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    How about you get a life?

  11. “Thursday, Nov. 19: A strength and conditioning coach for the Ravens tested positive, according to a source. He didn’t report symptoms and didn’t always wear a mask inside the team facility, the source added. To make matters worse, the coach didn’t wear his tracing device at all times, which made it more difficult to determine “high-risk” close contacts.“

    From ESPN Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley

    That’s the type of behavior that is putting this game at risk. I’m guessing the S&C doesn’t believe in the virus & that starts at the top with the head coach constantly pulling his mask down to yell at refs. I absolutely hate the Raiders but if they lost a pick the Ravens should as well.

  12. They may be better off with RGIII right now. He can’t run quite as well as Lamar but he can at least complete a pass downfield outside the hash marks.

  13. so NFL rules regarding Covid have zero consequence to the team that violates the rules? and this one was as criminal as it gets…smdh

  14. “We will be prepared to play the Steelers.”

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    Like you were Thursday night? Like you were Sunday afternoon? Like you hope to be, lets see, now on Tuesday?

    And John, who was your staff assistant that breached Covid protocols that has had a major health risk and scheduling disruption to the league? Were you prepared for that, John? Are you protecting him, John? What is it, John?

    Thank God for you the NFL plays favoritism. You owe them big, John.

  15. Astounding!
    The Ravens screw up, yet they don’t have to play again until Monday…
    The Steelers don’t screw up, yet they have to play again a day earlier…
    How is that fair?!?!?!

  16. If you recall back in 2011, Steelers were the only team that voted against the CBA. They stated at the time that they did so because they felt Goodell had too much unfettered power. Ever since then he has stuck it to the Steelers every chance he could. Maybe it’s time Art Rooney reminded Goodell that the primary reason he has the job is because Dan Rooney lobbied hard for him (I guess Steve Biscotti’s golf invitations mean more to him). But the Rooneys are too classy to say anything like that.

  17. jfm215 says:
    November 27, 2020 at 8:10 pm
    so NFL rules regarding Covid have zero consequence to the team that violates the rules? and this one was as criminal as it gets…smdh
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    I would say having multiple starters unavailable for a game that will impact the Ravens’ playoff hopes is a pretty real consequence. And from reports in the Baltimore papers, Calais Campbell is apparently fairly ill. He has asthma and did consider sitting out the season.

    Maybe all of this vitriol unleashed on the Ravens could at least wait to make sure those who contracted the virus are OK and do not suffer any long-term consequences. Just a thought.

    And I am a Steelers fan…

  18. I mean, its a shame these two teams did not play yesterday. Don’t hate on a team with an outbreak, all teams have them. As far as the NFL goes, they ain’t stopping, and I love watching games. But, how smart is this? The almighty dollar is speaking here. Personally, I think these billionaires suck big time. Always have. And its why I voted the way I did.

  19. Harbaugh is the prime one responsible for this mess in Baltimore, which ripples through the league in required schedule changes. He didn’t monitor someone who is responsible for a section of the team. After all that’s happened in 2020, I can’t believe they could be so cavalier and do what they did. Has this assistant coach been fired yet? If not, why not? If they can’t field a team on Tuesday, blame Harbaugh for lack of supervision and awareness, and protecting his players by enforcing critical NFL rules. Harbaugh let all this happen. Nice job.

  20. Not so sure this is to accommodate the ravens.. I believe it’s more to accommodate the Steelers.. with a forfeit nobody gets paid.. the Steelers deserve to be paid.. but some of the players on the Steelers are downright ignorant about the virus.. this virus can kill you.. not saying it will but the potential is there and it’s wrong what was said.. but with all that the game should be played and the Steelers should run up the score.. yours truly Pats fan

  21. good thing the ravens have some first rate strength and conditioning staff to help them get through this time of schedule upheaval.

  22. It is interesting to read the comments blasting the “greedy” owners for keeping the season going because they want to make money. You do realize the players are being paid as well, some of them quite handsomely. They had the option of sitting out the season and they can stop playing for the rest of the season if they wish. How many players in the past week or two have decided to forego their weekly paycheck because their health comes first?

    It’s not just the players and owners who get paid when these games are played. There are dozens of people who rely on the income from these games; secretaries, custodians, maintenance workers, truck drivers, concession workers, cameramen, audio and video technicians, and many others. Unlike the owners and many players, these people could not afford to go several months with no income.

  23. LOL at anyone who whines about league decisions but then calls Harbaugh a “whiner”. Please point out the whining in this particular situation, in which a pandemic affects his team, he identifies the person who wasn’t complying, punishes them and then publicly calls them out. He then graciously thanks and compliments his opponent on their accomodations DURING A PANDEMIC THAT HAS KILLED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS. Again, please point out the whining here, but you might want to make sure you’re not the one who is actually whining and sounding flat out oblivious to reality when you do so. When your team’s players are affected I’m guessing the compassion light will suddenly blink on, temporarily.

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