The Pittsburgh Steelers are having their schedule changed again, leaving lots of devoted fans about ready to rumble with National Football League officials.
The Steelers’ game against the Washington Football Team is set for Monday, a source tells Albert Breer of The MMQB. The NFL announced that the game, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on Monday.
This latest news is leaving Steelers’ fans with lots of questions.
Steelers See Changes Because Of Ravens’ COVID-19 Issues
Obviously, the Steelers’ game issue is a result of the NFL trying to fit in a Steelers-Baltimore Ravens game.
A severe COVID-19 outbreak is hitting the Ravens’ organization.
More than 20 players are on the reserve/COVID list, including starting quarterback Lamar Jackson, according to CBSSports.com.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, there were no new positive tests for the Ravens on Monday but their game with Pittsburgh is now scheduled for Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Has Its Own COVID-19 Situation
Conversely, the Steelers are dealing with COVID-19 after a number of players, including running back James Conner, were put on the reserve/COVID list.
In November, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found himself on the list with teammate Vance McDonald.
Also, the 2-time Super Bowl champion did not test positive for COVID-19. The team felt, though, that Roethlisberger and three other teammates were “high-risk, close contact” persons after being near McDonald.
Roethlisberger, Jerald Hawkins, Jaylen Samuels, and Vince Williams isolated for five days. The players were not able to return to the UPMC Rooney practice facility during that time.
The Steelers quarterback is good friends with McDonald and the two players even share lockers near each other.
Cameras during previous games have caught Roethlisberger speaking to McDonald on the sideline without a face mask. The QB has supposedly “been diligent” in taking precautions because of COVID-19.
Yet, one of the NFL’s deciding factors for high-risk designation is whether a player wore a mask while in close contact with someone with positive test results.
Obviously, this is likely why Roethlisberger landed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.