Tuesday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens may turn out to be a battle of which team has more players available. According to Pro Football Talk, the Steelers are bracing for more positive COVID cases today.
The Steelers are bracing for multiple additional positives today per source. Stay tuned.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 28, 2020
Pittsburgh placed three on the Reserve/COVID list yesterday: DE Stephon Tuitt, DL Isaiah Buggs, and OT Jerald Hawkins. A fourth player, rookie guard Kevin Dotson, has been on the team’s COVID list for exactly two weeks.
The Ravens’ roster has been decimated by COVID cases. Roughly a dozen players have been placed on Reserve/COVID including starting QB Lamar Jackson. The team has had one more confirmed case today, practice squad guard Will Holden.
The NFL has twice postponed the Steelers/Ravens game originally scheduled to be played on Thanksgiving. After moving the game to Sunday, it was pushed back again to Tuesday. If Pittsburgh is dealing with a similar outbreak as Baltimore but much later in the week, it could make playing that game Tuesday difficult. The NFL’s next option would likely to be to institute a Week 18 for games that couldn’t be completed during the 17 week regular season.
We’ll update the site with new information if and when it comes throughout the day.
UPDATE (12:33 PM/EST): ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting one coach and one player has tested positive with “multiple” close contacts.
More positives in Pittsburgh: One coach and one player tested positive with multiple contacts in Pittsburgh, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 28, 2020
With the game three days away, even those close contacts won’t be able to play Tuesday against Baltimore.
Aditi Kinkabwala offers more specifics, saying it’s an assistant coach and starter who tested positive for COVID.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) November 28, 2020