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By Alex Barth,

For the first time in months, and NFL game is being rescheduled due to COVID-19.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday afternoon that the league has decided to push Thursday night’s Ravens-Steelers game to Sunday afternoon. That leaves the league with just two Thanksgiving games, with the Texans visiting Lions in the early window and Dallas hosting Washington as everybody sits down for Thanksgiving dinner.

The postponement comes as Baltimore deals with a wave of COVID cases. They’ve had seven players test positive over the past three days, and placed three players along with a handful of staffers on COVID reserve on Wednesday.

According to Rapoport, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision to postpone the game “made the decision with health and safety in mind.” It is the first time an NFL game has been postponed since mid-October.

As cases rise around the country, the NFL is putting all 32 teams into a new intensive protocol, regardless of their internal COVID situation. We’ll see if that prevents more games getting moved as the NFL enters the final month of their season.

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