Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Steve Young has a peculiar take on the Ravens-Steelers drama.
During “Monday Night Countdown” prior to the Seahawks-Eagles game, the broadcast was discussing the latest postponement of the Ravens and Steelers, which was pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.
As NFL Insider Adam Schefter was explained, the league is doing everything it can to avoid creating a “Week 18” unless it is an absolute last resort.
Young felt differently, though, and his reasoning was a rather strange one.
“A playoff-implication game between the Ravens and the Steelers, in my mind, is a game without Lamar Jackson – needs to be canceled,” he said, per The Sporting News. “You cannot play that game without Lamar Jackson.”
Essentially, Young is arguing that the NFL should not play a game because a star player tests positive for COVID-19.
Of course, this perspective is not only antithetical to how the NFL has approached COVID all year, but would also be unfair.
The league has played the entire season thus far with players forced to sit out games after testing positive for COVID-19. Those are the rules. Jackson, or any star player, is not an exception to those rules.
In fact, the Denver Broncos were just forced to play a game without any of their quarterbacks, resorting to call upon practice squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton to play quarterback. Would Young have liked that game to be canceled as well? If so, then any game where there is a positive test would have to be canceled, and if that were the case, a season would not be viable.
Injuries are part of the game, and in 2020, COVID-19 is part of it as well. There is no arguing that a complete Ravens offense featuring Jackson would make for a more intriguing matchup, but to move a game to accommodate a star player is totally unrealistic.