Amid numerous positive COVID-19 tests within the Baltimore Ravens organization, affecting players including running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, the NFL has postponed the Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving Day game to the afternoon of Sunday, November 29.
"The decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts," the league said in a statement.
The game will instead be played on Sunday at 1:15 ET and will still air nationally on NBC.
The assumption is that the Ravens are relieved by this statement, both due to the fact that it will hopefully enable them to straighten out the situation and keep players as safe as possible while also allowing them more time to get in shape for the Steelers. Ravens defensive lineman Derek Wolfe tweeted out a not-so-subtle message to the NFL the morning before the decision to postpone the game was made.
On the other side of the equation, the Pittsburgh Steelers do not seem especially happy with the decision, marking the second time this season they have needed to affect their game plan due to positive tests coming from the opposing team. The Steelers' matchup against the Tennessee Titans was postponed earlier in the season, giving Pittsburgh an early and unexpected bye week.
While Thursday night games after a Sunday game are difficult for players, the game would’ve given the Steelers three extra days to rest and prepare for Week 13, meaning they seemingly lose another "bye week."
Some non-players, including both biased and neutral bystanders, weighed in as well.
This is a developing story.