It isn’t the primary time Pittsburgh has been compelled to regulate their schedule over COVID-19 points with opponents. Their Nashville journey Oct. four was an sudden bye.
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The Thanksgiving night time sport between the Ravens and Steelers has been switched to Sunday afternoon due to coronavirus points with Baltimore.
The NFL introduced the transfer Wednesday, inserting the sport at 1:15 p.m. EST on NBC. Beforehand, it was scheduled for NBC’s prime-time telecast on Thanksgiving Day.
Baltimore positioned exterior linebacker Pernell McPhee on the reserve/COVID-19, becoming a member of working backs Mark Ingram and J.Ok. Dobbins and defensive sort out Brandon Williams. The Ravens even have been doing crew work just about.
The Ravens stated later Wednesday that they had disciplined a workers member, reportedly a energy coach, for not obeying league protocols.
“We admire the NFL for its diligence in working intently with us to make sure the well-being of gamers, coaches and workers from each the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers organizations,” the Ravens stated in an announcement.
“Defending the well being and security of every crew, along with our communities at giant, is of utmost significance. We are going to proceed to observe steerage from the NFL and its medical specialists, as we deal with safely resuming preparations for Sunday’s sport.”
The sport — assuming it’s performed on Sunday — means the Ravens will commerce one quick week for an additional. They’re scheduled to play Dallas on Thursday, Dec. 3.
There will probably be no followers allowed for the Ravens sport.
This is not the primary time the Steelers have been compelled to regulate their schedule due to COVID-19 points with opponents. Their journey to Nashville on Oct. four to face the Titans was an sudden bye week when Tennessee was hit with an outbreak.
The tweak compelled the Steelers to play 13 straight weeks to finish the common season. They’d hoped for not less than a mini-break by enjoying on Thanksgiving — the franchise’s first-ever residence sport in Pittsburgh on the vacation — after which getting the weekend off earlier than beginning the house stretch.
As a substitute, they discover themselves adjusting on the fly as soon as once more.
Steelers extensive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wasn’t precisely thrilled with the event.
“First the NFL takes away our bye week as a result of one other crew can’t get their Covid scenario collectively, now they take away our Thanksgiving primetime sport for a similar purpose. Smh,” he posted on social media.
The silver lining for Smith-Schuster is that it offers him a couple of further days for the appropriate leg he tweaked throughout a freak play in Jacksonville — when he twisted his leg after stepping on a penalty flag — to prepare for the Ravens.
Coach Mike Tomlin has praised his crew’s capacity to remain gentle on its toes in adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic as a part of their success. The Steelers had been hit with their very own COVID-19 scare earlier this month when tight finish Vance McDonald examined optimistic following a victory over Dallas, forcing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a handful of teammates to self-quarantine earlier than going through the Bengals. Roethlisberger ended up enjoying and throwing 4 touchdowns in a straightforward victory.
Roethlisberger shrugged on Tuesday when requested if it was proper for the Steelers to face the Ravens with out Baltimore having the ability to apply as a precaution.
“That is simply an uncommon yr in the case of all the things now we have to do, that everybody has to do. We noticed it early, clearly, with the Titans sport, byes, all these sorts of issues,” he stated. “What are you going to do? You simply must do what they inform you and go play ball.”
Additionally, the Cleveland Browns practiced in shifts and held gamers out as a precaution whereas coping with a brand new spherical of COVID-19 points.
The crew briefly closed its headquarters in Berea, Ohio, after beginning linebacker Sione Takitaki examined optimistic Wednesday. Earlier than revealing Takitaki’s id, the Browns carried out contact tracing to see if others gamers had been uncovered to the second-year linebacker, who returned an interception for a landing in Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
As a further security measure, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski had his offense and protection work out individually contained in the crew’s indoor subject home, which can also be getting used as a weight room as a consequence of COVID protocols.
It is turn into the norm in Cleveland.
“We began off on on-line conferences and having to make schedule adjustments and all the things on the fly, so that is nothing new to us,” quarterback Baker Mayfeld stated. “The subsequent-man-up mentality that we need to be about, regardless of who’s on the market, we would like to have the ability to go on the market and execute. Whether or not it’s COVID stuff or accidents such as you stated, you by no means need to have it, however it’s a must to take care of it, particularly this yr.”
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Takitaki is the fifth Cleveland participant to go on the COVID record. He’ll miss Sunday’s sport in Jacksonville together with star defensive finish Myles Garrett, who additionally missed the win over Philadelphia after changing into unwell final week.
Stefanski has not supplied any specifics on Garrett’s situation, however stated it is potential the 24-year-old who has 9 half of sacks, may return for the Dec. 6 sport towards Tennessee.
Stefanski stated fullback Andy Janovich and defensive finish Joe Jackson may even miss this week’s sport. Offensive lineman Chris Hubbard has an opportunity to be activated from the COVID record this week, Stefanski stated.
This has been a gentle, acquainted sample for the Browns, who’ve needed to shut down their headquarters a number of occasions prior to now few weeks to do contact tracing because the virus continues to wreak havoc throughout the NFL and nation.
“The fellows are adapting, they’re being versatile,” Stefanski stated. (Offensive coordinator) Coach Van Pelt confirmed an image of Stretch Armstrong this morning, and that’s who we’re, and that’s who’ve obtained to be.”
Different NFL groups are additionally coping with COVID-19:
— The Jacksonville Jaguars will probably be with out three defensive coaches this weekend due to COVID-19 testing and get in touch with tracing.
Coach Doug Marrone says defensive coordinator Todd Wash, defensive position coach Jason Rebrovich and defensive assistant Dwayne Stukes is not going to be obtainable towards the Browns. Rebrovich missed final week’s sport towards Pittsburgh due to coronavirus protocols.
Marron and assistant particular groups coordinator Mike Mallory will run the protection throughout apply this week.
On Sunday, secondary/safeties coach Joe Dana will name the protection and assistant linebackers coach Tony Gilbert will coach the defensive position. Assistant Tyler Wolf will handle Gilbert’s obligations from the teaching sales space.
— The Cincinnati Bengals have added receiver Auden Tate and offensive lineman B.J. Finney to the reserve/COVID-19 record. The crew returned cornerback Winston Rose to the apply squad from the COVID-19 record. The Bengals host the New York Giants on Sunday.
— The Indianapolis Colts positioned Professional Bowl defensive sort out DeForest Buckner on the reserve/COVID-19 record. Buckner will be unable to play Sunday, leaving Indy with out its greatest run stuffer for a showdown with Tennessee. The loss might be particularly damaging as a result of the Colts will probably be going through Derrick Henry, the league’s 2019 speeding champion and this season’s league chief.
AP Professional Soccer Author Barry Wilner and Sports activities Writers Mike Marot, Tom Withers and Will Graves contributed.