Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) hangs back to pass versus the rush of Baltimore Ravens linebacker L.J. Fort (58) throughout the Pittsburgh Steelers video game versus the Baltimore Ravens on November 1, 2020 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD.
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For a 3rd time, the National Football League will delay its Week 12 match in between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers due to Covid-19.
The league got brand-new Covid-19 screening outcomes Monday, triggering a post ponement to Wednesday, according to individual knowledgeable about the matter who asked to stay confidential due to the fact that they can’t comment openly on league matters. According to ESPN, one member of the Ravens did test favorable for Covid-19 in the most current screening.
On Monday, the league canceled Baltimore’s session prior to the group left for Pittsburgh. The Ravens and Steelers were set up to use Thanksgiving Day, however the video game was relocated to Sunday. After the NFL determined extra positives from the Ravens, the league moved the video game to Tuesday.
The Ravens exposed favorable Covid-19 tests for over 20 members. It’s end up being the greatest break out on an NFL group given that the Tennessee Titans’ episode, which triggered a Week 4 post ponement versus the Steelers. The Titans were fined $350,000 for breaking procedures that caused the break out.
As of Nov. 17, the NFL stated 95 gamers and approximately 175 other workers have actually checked favorable for Covid-19. The NFL has actually currently rescheduled more than a lots video games due to favorable cases and magnified its security procedures. But regardless of the league’s more stringent guidelines, more posts ponement might be on the horizon.
The NFL is anticipating to have its newest screening results back today, and the worry is a boost in favorable cases due to the vacation might put Week 13 video games at threat of being held off too.
Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans dives with the ball into completion zone for a goal in the 3rd quarter of the video game versus the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Time for a bubble?
The NFL is at a crucial point in its season as rescheduling windows are reducing with more video games to finish prior to playoffs begin in January. On a teleconference with press reporters on Nov. 10, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell likewise repeated the league’s strategies to host its 2021 Super Bowl on time.
The national championship is set up for Feb. 7 in Tampa Bay, and the NFL is preparing to permit fans in the arena at 20% capability.
There have actually been conversations about relocating to a bubble, however league authorities raised psychological health issues when talking about the matter openly.
“That’s a significant stress point, and I think we have to acknowledge that is just as much of a health and safety consideration as this Covid-19 infection,” stated NFL primary medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills last month.
But with time going out, the NFL moving playoff-eligible groups to numerous bubble environments might be on the table, specifically with more break outs. The relocation would replicate Major League Baseball, which moved a part of its postseason and its World Series to Texas following in-market video games for its 2020 season.