Thanksgiving night’s massive clash between the Steelers-Ravens continues to be in jeopardy.
After the Ravens placed three players on the COVID-19 reserve list on Monday, including two players with positive tests in running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram, three more players and four staff members have now tested positive, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Ravens now have had five players and four staffers test positive for COVID this week, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 24, 2020
Thursday night’s game vs. the Steelers still is on, as scheduled, but one source warned that further positives could mean postponing it.
The Ravens announced just after noon that they had closed their training facility for the second consecutive day as positive cases continue to pop up. The Ravens also canceled their scheduled media availability for Tuesday.
“With the health and safety of players and staff remaining the highest priority, the Baltimore Ravens have determined that all further team activities will be conducted virtually today,” the team said in a statement.
The report of additional positive tests within the organization comes a day after Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh announced that running backs Ingram and Dobbins had both tested positive for the virus.
Ravens nose tackle Brandon Williams was also placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list following perceived close contact with the two backs. All three will be out for Thursday’s game.
If the matchup is postponed, it will be the second time a Steelers game has had to be rescheduled this season due to a virus outbreak among the opponent. Pittsburgh was initially supposed to take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 4, but the game had to be postponed until Oct. 25.