On Wednesday afternoon, the NFL postponed the Thanksgiving night game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.
The decision came after the Ravens suffered a COVID-19 outbreak. At least seven players and four staff members have tested positive for the virus, according to multiple reports.
Late Wednesday night, the Ravens announced the team disciplined a staff member for violating the team’s COVID-19 protocols. “The Baltimore Ravens have disciplined a staff member for conduct surrounding the recent COVID-19 cases that have affected players and staff at the Ravens,” the team said in a statement.
Unsurprisingly, the team doesn’t plan to release that employee’s identity. The Ravens released a short statement to Pro Football Talk when asked who sparked the COVID-19 outbreak.
From Pro Football Talk:
“There will be no names released,” Ravens spokesman Chad Steele told PFT on Wednesday night.
According to a report from Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the employee is a strength coach.
“The Ravens disciplined a strength and conditioning coach for not reporting symptoms and not consistently wearing a mask or tracking device, which may have contributed to the team’s rash of COVID-19 cases,” he reported.
Baltimore only has two strength coaches on its team website, so fans will continue to speculate on just who sparked the COVID-19 outbreak.
Baltimore and Pittsburgh kick off on Sunday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. ET on NBC.