As Ravens gathered to practice, NFL pulled plug

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On Monday morning, the Baltimore Ravens (or at least what is left of them) gathered at the team facility for a walk-through practice. Standing in the indoor practice facility (with proper spacing between them), the players and coaches waited for final word from the league before proceeding.

Then, at roughly 9:25 a.m. ET, final word came. The league pulled the plug.

Per a league source, the NFL postponed practice from Monday morning until Monday afternoon, at the earliest.

The Ravens continue to receive mixed signals from the league regarding whether it makes sense to proceed given the ongoing positive test results. Despite three more positives over the weekend (tight end Mark Andrews, linebacker Matthew Judon, and receiver Willie Snead), the game is still on for Tuesday.

On Sunday night, the Ravens had a voluntary conditioning session in the team’s facility.

So why can’t they practice on Monday? The league presumably wants to see whether more players test positive, and the league presumably wants to decide whether additional positives are tied to last week’s exposure.

Regardless, the clock keeps ticking toward Tuesday night, and despite the league’s position that the game is on, it’s hard not to wonder whether someone is wavering in the conviction to proceed.

38 responses to “As Ravens gathered to practice, NFL pulled plug

  1. Tuesday night game not happening unless of course it was the Bronco’s at a major disadvantage.

  2. “it’s hard not to wonder whether someone is wavering in the conviction to proceed.”

    Doubt it. Maybe they just don’t want any close contact until they get results back today. They could to the conditioning with social distancing. Actual practicing may be a different story.

  3. The Ravens need to field the team with whomever they have, this is on them. Hopefully the S&C coach was fired for breaking the C19 policy.

    – Ravens fan

  4. The difference between the Ravens and Broncos is the Ravens are still getting positives while the Broncos and Colts too apparently through contact tracing had theirs under control.

    It’s sucks when teams have to play short handed while other teams like the Titans get relief but every one knew this season would be dysfunctional.

  5. Ravens should be forced to play. Not sure why they were able to have the game postponed and DEN didn’t.

  6. Broncos shouldn’t have played yesterday and the game tomorrow should be moved to week 18. Over the next few weeks more games will be impacted and the league will need week 18 regardless. Time for the league to truly think about player and staff safety and not their bottom line.

  7. All this comparison to the Broncos makes no sense. The league doesn’t care about competitive advantages or disadvantages. They only care about containing the outbreaks. If a game poses a risk of further outbreak, they postpone, otherwise, they’re playing with whoever can suit up. Even if the Ravens play the Steelers on Tuesday after two delays, they’ll be missing 23 starters. It’s really simple: the Ravens have a real outbreak, the Broncos don’t.

  8. I still don’t understand how the Broncos were forced to play as scheduled with ZERO eligible QBs, but the Ravens game has been pushed back 5 days.

  9. Depleted roster and not able to practice normally. Setting the stage for what’ll surely be a high-quality Tuesday night football game. Even though we’re 3 months into the season under COVID, none of this ever gets more normal.

  10. The NFL is setting a bad example on who plays and who don’t. Us fans will start to see it as favoritism.

  11. After watching Denver have to “play” without a QB I’m struggling to understand why the Ravens have had their game postponed. I believe at the peak they had like 19 guys on the Covid list and that could have been covered by practice squad players. Either teams have to suck it up and compete no matter what OR games get postponed. But not seeing how they can fairly try to do both. The Saints were handed a win but the Steelers have to wait around until the Ravens can get back to full strength?

  12. The Broncos didn’t have an active, uncontrolled outbreak, the Ravens did, and apparently still do. Without knowing who was still infected on the Ravens putting the team on an airplane and flying to PA would have put further players at risk, coaches, support personnel, air crews, and of course the Steelers. The league’s decision on the Ravens was to prevent further spread. It was not to allow them to be more competitive. So comparing Broncos situation to Ravens is apples and oranges.

  13. It’s not about what’s fair and unfair. It’s about what’s safe. the 3 QB’s at Broncos have been exposed to the virus. The Ravens players have the virus. It takes 2-14 days for people to show symptoms and show positive. 3 players were diagnosed yesterday. Would you rather have a game where more are exposed while playing the game? Come on people, this is just a game. Think of the players and their families. Think of the potential adverse affects this virus has on people that extends their entire lives. This could be any team in the NFL.

  14. The NFL won’t let them practice today but wants them to play in a game tomorrow?

    And to all the idiots saying the ravens are getting better treatment than the broncos, that is not true. On Thursday the ravens would have had like 12 guys on covid. Now they have over 20. Pushing the game back greatly hurt the ravens.

  15. Stop comparing to Denver. They were just being completely dumb to have all four QBs (including practice squad Bortles) in the same room together and not wearing masks.

    Seriously, the league should not bail out Denver for being stupid.

  16. “The league doesn’t care about competitive advantages or disadvantages.”
    ___________

    Possibly true but to have the league not care about the quality of their product is a pretty huge problem, no?

  17. The league’s decision on the Ravens was to prevent further spread.

    This year, the league has forced players who tested positive and those identified as having close contact with someone who tested positive can’t play until they are testing negative.

    If the Ravens can’t identify those players, or don’t have enough players to play, they should forfeit.

    You can’t penalize teams for following protocols and controlling outbreaks then turn around and reward teams for not doing so. The lack of leadership at NFL HQ is astounding.

  18. If they did the Ravens like they did Denver, you could hear Harbaugh whine across the entire nation.

  19. NFL made a mistake allowing Monday n Tuesday walk through, that led to this extreme outbreak. Until they are confident that the outbreak is contained the game, and any game for that matter, is up in the air. Quality of the competition is secondary to containment of the outbreak. If NFL made the wrong decision about walk through, sure want to make sure they get this right.

  20. If they did the Ravens like they did Denver, you could hear Harbaugh whine across the entire nation.

    False! A Harbaugh will whine if the sky is blue.

  21. If they are having all these positive results does it even make sense to have them play a game Tuesday? I am having a hard time believing all the positives when the teams have known for months what they have to do. If these are all confirmed the team needs to pay a big price. Also I would like to know if any players have actually shown symptoms. I just do not trust these tests. Too many of these tests are turning up as false positives.

  22. Can’t wait to see RG3 out there doing his thing: lumbering around the backfield, making poor decisions and throwing wild ducks to no one in particular.

  23. mogogo1 says: “Possibly true but to have the league not care about the quality of their product is a pretty huge problem, no?”
    ———————

    Slippery slope there.

    Should every game featuring the 2020 NY Jets also be cancelled because of “competitive advantage” and quality of product? The league making scheduling decision based strictly on medical COVID concerns is an entirely different situation than just because one team could be competitively bad.

  24. There is no consistency on the NFL’s part when it comes to handling COVID outbreaks. The Broncos did nothing wrong and were forced to play. The Ravens caused their own outbreak,and they get their game pushed back. I understand the safety reasons,but there should be some sort of punishment when the outbreak is self-inflicted.

  25. The Ravens have an active COVID outbreak and clearly have not been following the established protocols. The Broncos were forced to play without a QB due to non-confirmed “contact tracing” (only Driskel tested positive, no other QBs did), so no special treatment for Baltimore, who again, has a much more serious issue. Force Baltimore to play the Steelers short-handed. It’s only fair.

  26. justokayfootball says:
    November 30, 2020 at 10:38 am
    The NFL is setting a bad example on who plays and who don’t. Us fans will start to see it as favoritism.

    19 11 Rate This

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    It’s called cheating. If you really pay attention, it’s beyond favoritism when he behaves differently around certain franchises.

    Pitt, Balt, Denver, Indy, Jets, KC, etc are all protected franchises for one reason or another.

    KC has been caught colluding with Goodell to keep domestivs abusers in the roster, for example. Baltimore, same thing. The source is not hard to find. His job is to spread the wealth away from NE however possible.

    Look at how he treated NE with their 3 person outbreak 2 months ago. He just fined them even though they didn’t do anything wrong like Tenn, Oakland, Denver, Balt or now Pitt and their antics.

  27. I recommend people go back and read the Adam Schefter tweet that posts the memo sent in October to teams. That clearly explains why Denver was treated one way the Ravens another.

    Second, can we please stop the forfeit talk. A few days ago there was a nice story here about how players on both sides don’t get paid. If they forfeit you’ll be hearing Steeler players whine across the entire nation about getting screwed. …and they’d be right.

  28. I am sure they will pay a price in terms of a fine and potential loss of a draft pick. I think it would be hard to justify a forfeit since the league has permitted other teams to reschedule (although if the game goes forward on Tuesday it will not likely be very competitive anyway).

  29. Regarding the Broncos, all four QBs violated protocols and were not cooperative with the league’s contact tracers after the fact. I think that’s the difference from the Ravens. The NFL essentially sent them to their rooms without dinner.

  30. LJandFlaccoAreElite says:
    November 30, 2020 at 10:30 am
    All this comparison to the Broncos makes no sense. The league doesn’t care about competitive advantages or disadvantages. They only care about containing the outbreaks. If a game poses a risk of further outbreak, they postpone, otherwise, they’re playing with whoever can suit up. Even if the Ravens play the Steelers on Tuesday after two delays, they’ll be missing 23 starters. It’s really simple: the Ravens have a real outbreak, the Broncos don’t.

    So the teams that do all that they can to contain an outbreak are disadvantaged and forced to play (Broncos) and teams that lack control and have a massive outbreak (Ravens) are advantaged by having their game pushed back. That really sends a great message on how to approach this pandemic.

  31. IF the raivens game was moved to determine the severity of the outbreak, and if the broncos game was played because their outbreak was deemed to be contained, then the broncos game should have also been moved to give a QB the chance to have the consecutive negative tests to be eligible. And honestly, if the league really did care about curbing the spread, or containing a potential outbreak, than neither of these games should have been played IMO.

  32. The league seems to be dragging their feet on what to do with the Ravens , they have s and c coach breaking all kind of rules and nothing has been done. Other teams had to play yet the leagues seems and I mean seems reluctant to take a stance against the Ravens.

  33. touchback6 says:
    November 30, 2020 at 11:24 am

    It’s called cheating. If you really pay attention, it’s beyond favoritism when he behaves differently around certain franchises.

    Pitt, Balt, Denver, Indy, Jets, KC, etc are all protected franchises for one reason or another.

    [Goodell’s] job is to spread the wealth away from NE however possible.

    Look at how he treated NE . . .
    ———–

    This is really funny. This Pats fan is CERTAIN that the NFL is out to get New England, when there are 31 fanbases who are just as certain that the league has done everything possible to help Kraft, Brady and the Pats for 20 years.

    “We won nearly everything for the last 20 years but we’re mad that other teams won anything.”

  34. Week 18? Week 18! Yes, there will be a week 18.

    But the league has to do all they can to keep a team from having to play twice in week 18.

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