Updated Nov 27, 2020 - Sports

NFL reschedules Thanksgiving matchup for second time due to COVID outbreak

The ravens and steelers in a game.
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The NFL has once again postponed a Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup originally scheduled for primetime on Thanksgiving day due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Why it matters: It's the first time the league has had to scrap a game since October, as the U.S. copes with another surge in coronavirus infections heading into the holidays.

  • The news follows the Ravens' announcement Monday that three players — Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins and Brandon Williams — tested positive for the virus.

What to watch: The game was originally postponed until Sunday at 1:15 p.m ET, but has now been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m ET, the league announced Friday. It will be broadcast on NBC.

  • If the game is indeed played on Tuesday, the Ravens' matchup against the Dallas Cowboys scheduled for Dec. 3 will be moved to Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. ET.

What they're saying: "The decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of our players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts," the league wrote in a statement.

"We appreciate the NFL for its diligence in working closely with us to ensure the well-being of players, coaches and staff from both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers organizations."
Statement from the Baltimore Ravens
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