On Saturday, the NFL Network reported that Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner has tested positive for COVID-19.
Conner and special teams coordinator Danny Smith both tested positive, so each must produce negative test results before they can rejoin the team. Each awaits the results of a second test that should be confirmed on Sunday. If positive, the Steelers must place Conner on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list.
Additionally, the running back is a cancer survivor, which could increase the risk for complications stemming from the virus. Doctors diagnosed Conner, 25, with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015, and the football player underwent treatment while attending the University of Pittsburgh.
On Friday, Pittsburgh placed three other players on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list. The players included defensive end Stephon Tuitt, defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs and offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins.
Positive COVID-19 Tests Lead to Rescheduling of Steelers-Ravens Game
First, the NFL rescheduled the game for Sunday afternoon because of an outbreak within the Ravens organization. However, Pittsburgh’s positive test results have forced a second change, so the game will take place on Tuesday night.
The newly scheduled game is supposed to air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Also, the Ravens will have their Week 13 game moved as well if Tuesday’s game goes on as scheduled.
“Should the game be played on Tuesday, the Week 13 Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens game, originally scheduled for Thursday, December 3, will be moved to Monday, December 7, at 5:00 p.m. EST,” the NFL said in a statement. “These decisions were made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.”
In contrast, the Steelers’ Week 13 matchup against the Washington Football Team will go ahead as planned on Dec. 6.
In fact, this isn’t the first game that has been rescheduled on Pittsburgh’s schedule. Early on in the season, the league moved Pittsburgh’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Furthermore, it forced the teams to have a bye week earlier than expected during Week 4 of the season. Therefore, the teams have to play 13 weeks in a row to finish out the season.
[H/T NY Post]