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Ravens Have More Positive Tests, NFL Has a Conundrum On Its Hands

The Baltimore Ravens had positive COVID-19 tests for the fourth day in a row, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports:

The Ravens-Steelers had already been moved from being the marquee Thanksgiving game window to Sunday afternoon on NBC, where it will have to compete with games on Fox and CBS.

If the game cannot go on as scheduled on Sunday, the NFL has a real mess on its hands because the Ravens are supposed to play the Cowboys next Thursday. They can’t push Ravens-Steelers to Monday or Tuesday without messing the Thursday matchup.

With bye weeks over, we are reaching a point when the NFL may have to either adding a Week 18 to the regular season (which they could do without moving the Super Bowl because there’s a bye week the week before), or add an eighth team to the playoffs in each conference and determine eligibility based on winning percentage.

We shall see what happens from here.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Or, given that the source of the outbreak is a strength coach who flaunted the rules regarding masking and tracing, you either forfeit them (which Goodell’s rules allow) or make them play with who they have. They created this situation and must pay the price.

    Maybe they push the Thursday game next week back a week. Maybe they takes draft pick(s) away. <Maybe some or all of the above. But the Ravens made their nest and now they need to live in it

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