For the first time since 2005, there won’t be a football game at night on Thanksgiving.
The NFL is postponing this week’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers — moving it from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon. The delay comes after a number of Baltimore players and staffers tested positive for the coronavirus.
The league first introduced a night game on Thanksgiving in 2006 when the NFL expanded broadcasting rights to NBC for the holiday. Before then, only two games — featuring the Detroit Lions at noon and the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 — would be showcased on the holiday.
Thursday’s postponement marks the first time in a few weeks that the NFL has had to reconfigure its schedule due to the pandemic. Early in the season, the league faced challenges with games having to be moved due to positive cases. But the NFL hadn’t had to reschedule game in recent weeks, despite an uptick in cases.
The Ravens have had at least 10 positive tests for COVID-19 in recent days, including to running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins. The team was forced to cancel practice Tuesday because of the cases.
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