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COVID-19 forces postponement of Thanksgiving showdown between Ravens and Steelers

Game to now take place Sunday afternoon
COVID-19 forces postponement of Thanksgiving showdown between Ravens and Steelers
Posted at 12:06 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 17:32:02-05

The NFL has postponed one of the three games that it had slated to air on Thanksgiving.

The NFL said in a tweet that the Ravens and Steelers will no longer play on Thanksgiving evening and will now be played Sunday at 1:15 p.m. ET on NBC.

The announcement comes a day after the Ravens closed its team facility and canceled practice after running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram tested positive for COVID-19.

The two traditional Thanksgiving matchups featuring the Detroit Lions — scheduled to play the Houston Texans at 12:30 p.m. ET — and the Dallas Cowboys — who will take on the Washington Football Team at 4:30 p.m. ET — are currently still slated to take place as scheduled.

Despite an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the league, the Ravens/Steelers game is the first to be postponed in over a month. Last month, the NFL reshuffled the schedules of eight NFL teams in order to address outbreaks on several teams.

The league has not yet canceled any games due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Wednesday's postponement marks the second time that the undefeated Steelers' schedule has been affected by a COVID-19 outbreak with another team. Their Bye Week as effectively eliminated after their Oct. 4 game against the Tennessee Titans was postponed until Oct. 25 due to a COVID-19 outbreak.