The NFL was tracking the situation daily and the game remained scheduled for Sunday at 1:15 p.m. east after that round of test results, according to a person familiar with the league’s planning. The game was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving, but the NFL announced on Wednesday that it would be postponed to Sunday. NBC will televise the game with its main broadcast teams, including announcers Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.
Eight Ravens players and at least seven employees have tested positive in the past few days.
Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, told the NFL network on Wednesday that through interviews, data review and genomic sequencing, the league was “very, very deep into this situation” and believed the end of the outbreak was near .
“We feel we know exactly when and how the transfer took place,” said Sills. “And I think we feel like we’re only a few days away from this window of vulnerability to this transference event. Of course, every day you have to look for new data that might pop up. But right now we just feel that way [Thursday] We would not have faith in the future but I think we feel very close to the end of this broadcast event and are currently planning Sunday with no new information that would change the current facts. “
The ravens announced on Wednesday evening that they were disciplining an employee over actions related to the team’s coronavirus cases. The team declined to provide further details. The NFL leaves open the option to discipline the ravens, such a person close to the situation. The league has fined the Tennessee Titans $ 350,000 and the Las Vegas Raiders $ 500,000 and revoked a sixth round draft for protocol violations.
If the Ravens Steelers game is delayed until Monday or Tuesday, it would affect the Ravens’ scheduled game against the Dallas Cowboys next Thursday night. If the Ravens Steelers game fails to play in week 12, the NFL could be forced to add week 18 to the regular season. The league leaders have announced that they will do so if not all games can be played within the standard 17 week period. The Ravens and Steelers had their bye weeks so the game couldn’t be postponed without the addition of a week 18.
The Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns announced they were operating remotely on Thursday due to positive coronavirus tests. The Falcons said they had positive tests from two employees who were not on the coaching staff. The Browns said they had a positive test from one player. The falcons are said to host the raiders on Sunday. The Browns are supposed to play in Jacksonville.