After three delays and a nearly weeklong wait, the Ravens are finally heading to Pittsburgh.
With the NFL considering the team’s coronavirus outbreak contained, the Ravens were scheduled to take the short flight into Western Pennsylvania on Tuesday night ahead of a Wednesday afternoon rematch with the Steelers.
After nine straight days of positive COVID-19 tests, the Ravens returned none Tuesday afternoon, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Fears about ongoing transmission had led the NFL to postpone the AFC North battle back from Thanksgiving Day to Sunday afternoon, and then to Tuesday night, and finally to Wednesday afternoon.
With stars like quarterback Lamar Jackson and defensive end Calais Campbell sidelined by positive tests, the Ravens will enter their Week 12 game against the undefeated Steelers as heavy underdogs. After Wednesday, the team is scheduled to host the Dallas Cowboys next Tuesday, five days after they were originally scheduled to meet.
Even with the activation of several players off the reserve/COVID-19 list — designated for players who have tested positive or been exposed to the virus — the Ravens have a significantly depleted roster. Sixteen players, including seven Pro Bowl selections, are on the list, though running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins should be eligible for Wednesday’s game.
The Ravens have lost two straight games overall and three of the past four. They’re currently eighth in the seven-team AFC playoff picture.
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