Ravens destroyed by COVID-19 face problems beyond the new schedule

After NFL MVP Lamar Jackson was quarantined as part of the COVID-19 outbreak that destroyed the Baltimore Ravens team, the team turned from an outbreak to simply get healthy and return to practice.

The Ravens have more than a dozen players on the reserve / COVID-19 list, and their training facilities are closed to prevent the virus from spreading. Jackson he had a positive result this week and will not be playing against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers next Tuesday night. This game was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night and was postponed to Sunday before the NFL moved the game again.

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As the game moves to Tuesday, the match against Baltimore Dallas, scheduled for Thursday, December 3, will be played on Monday, December 7 at 5 p.m., and will be broadcast on FOX / NFL Net / Amazon.

The NFL has also ordered that teams playing every week or Tuesday be closed on these days. The Eagles and Seahawks will play Monday night, the Ravens and Steelers on Tuesday.

“We appreciate the efforts of the NFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers in this process, as we all work to create an environment that keeps the health and safety of all concerned at the forefront of all decision-makers,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. the plan is complete and we will be prepared to play the Steelers. We thank everyone for their adaptability and look forward to the challenge of meeting a very good football team at Heinz Field on Tuesday night. “

Baltimore (6-4) is definitely a short hand against Pittsburgh (10-0).

Jackson, quarterback Patrick Ricard, defensive Justin Madubuike and long snap Morgan Cox were added to COVID-19 on Monday. They join quarterback Trace McSorley; runners Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins; defensive lines, Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and Jihad Ward; linebacker Pernell McPhee; and headquarters of Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura.

A year ago, the Ravens finished with the record for the best regular season in the NFL behind Jackson, who threw 36 touchdown passes and set a record for the yards rushing to the quarterback in a single season. Now Jackson is part of a huge breakup of a team that couldn’t avoid COVID-19 in the middle of its season in the midst of an NFL pandemic.

Baltimore’s problems began with Sunday’s defeat against Tennessee, which was the third defeat of four games for a team that went from scratch 5-1 to scramble and went straight to the third year in the playoffs.

Ingram and Dobbins were added to the reserve / COVID-19 list the next day, starting a chain reaction that decimated the list.

Robert Griffin III is expected to start for Ravens quarterback against the Steelers on Tuesday. He will take moments from the center of a third string, then Gus Edwards and Justice Hill will enter a supply.

“We just want to curb this epidemic! From experience … you don’t want to catch COVID! ”Campbell wrote on Twitter. “This virus is brutal! I pray that no one else will go through this. It’s bigger than football. “

The Ravens have it disciplined one of their staff members, due to non-compliance with the protocol, is said to be a strong and conditioning coach.

COVID-19 is not playing on the Pittsburgh schedule for the first time this season.

The Steelers are scheduled to play with Tennessee in Nashville on Sunday, October 4th. The league then postponed the match to Monday or Tuesday. When the positive tests continued for the Titans, the NFL finally placed the game on Sunday, October 25, forcing the Steelers to essentially give up their schedule, originally scheduled for Sunday, November 1 – and finish the game in regular season 13 in a row. by playing the following week.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin stressed he barely cared about the shift and firmly said he “didn’t care” when asked about throwing away the team’s routine.

Pittsburgh toured the ship anyway, though the league’s last unbeaten team has been forced to deal with its own COVID-19 affairs in recent weeks. Tight-ended Vance McDonald proved positive after a win against Dallas earlier this month. Defender Ben Roethlisberger and inside defender Vince Williams were among the players who were forced to quarantine for five days due to contact tracing. Roethlisberger and Williams continued to become Route 36-10 of Cincinnati.

As a sign of how widespread COVID-19 was, shortly after the league announced it would relocate the race on Tuesday, the Steelers placed defensive end with Stephon Tuitt, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and Isaiah Buggs on defensive battle with COVID. -19 reserve / injured list.

Tuitt is in the middle of his career. His seven bags are in third place on the team behind outside defenders TJ Watt and Bud Dupree.