Lamar Jackson still looks to be ineligible to play against the Steelers on Wednesday afternoon. Jackson had previously tested positive for COVID-19.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19, a source confirmed to @jamisonhensley.
The news was first reported by the NFL Network. pic.twitter.com/LqFe0iV1aM
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 27, 2020
The Steelers and Ravens game was postponed three times. First, the game was set to be played on Thanksgiving day. However, following a series of positive tests, the game was moved to Sunday afternoon.
Next, the game was moved to Tuesday night. As a result, the Ravens’ Thursday Night game against the Cowboys was also moved.
However, following additional positive tests, the NFL moved the game, for the last time, to Wednesday afternoon. Jackson was one of the positive tests the Ravens encountered.
Who Will Replace Lamar Jackson?
The Ravens will have to play the Steelers without their starting quarterback in Lamar Jackson. However, they will have Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins for the game.
The #Ravens are slated to fly to Pittsburgh tonight, but RBs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram aren’t allowed on the team plane because they’re still in COVID protocols, per source.
As of now, the expectation is they’ll fly on game day. Both are eligible to play the #Steelers.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 1, 2020
Filling in for Lamar Jackson will be Robert Griffin III. RG3 was phenomenal in his rookie season as he threw for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns to only 5 interception, and rushed for an additional 7 scores.
However, knee injuries greatly hampered his play, and he has never played at the same level again. RG3 has been the Ravens’ backup since 2018.
In 13 showings, including one start, RG3 has completed 26 out of 46 passes with one score and three picks. Keeping this in mind, the Ravens are likely to lean heavily on their running backs.
The Ravens will try to simplify the offense as much as possible for RG3, but it will be difficult against the vaunted Pittsburgh defense which has led them to a 10-0 start.
Coach Harbaugh: “Good news, Robert. You finally got the start!”
Coach Harbaugh: “The Bad News is, you play the 10-0 Steelers.”
— JUICE-K URAMESHI 👈🏼🐝 (@JuiceKUrameshi) November 27, 2020
What Does This Game Mean For Both Sides?
This game is incredibly important for both teams. The Steelers may have locked up the division as they are comfortably ahead of the Browns (8-3), but the number one seed is still up for grabs.
Kansas City is only half a game behind Pittsburgh, and with the new NFL playoff format, the one seed is the only team that gets to enjoy a first-round bye. Thus, the Steelers need this game to stay ahead of the Chiefs and lock up the first seed.
For the Ravens, this game will be crucial to remaining in the playoff picture. A win here would move the Ravens to 7-4, tying them with the Dolphins and Colts. A loss, however, would be disastrous. It remains to be seen whether the Ravens can pull off the upset as RG3 starts instead of Lamar Jackson, assuming it does get played.
Ben Roethlisberger pulling up to the Ravens vs Steelers games in 2045: pic.twitter.com/BZtoloI6D9
— Rosa Parks’ Burner Account (@Rosasburner) November 30, 2020