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Here's What Mike Tomlin Told Steelers Before Game Was Postponed

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on the sideline against Denver.

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 20: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field on September 20, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

For the second time this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers had to change their schedule because their opponent is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Pittsburgh was supposed to host Baltimore on Thanksgiving, but that game has been postponed to Sunday. Before the news was made official, Steelers players went on Twitter to voice their frustrations with the league's decision.

"First the NFL takes away our bye week because another team can’t get their Covid situation together, now they take away our Thanksgiving primetime game for the same reason," JuJu Smith-Schuster wrote on Twitter.

We finally know why Steelers players are upset they won't be playing on Thanksgiving. According to NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala, the team was going to be off until next Wednesday to make up for losing its bye week earlier this season.

Mike Tomlin can no longer rest his players until next Wednesday because now he has to use the next few days to prepare for a game on Sunday.

The Steelers have managed to weather the storm pretty well this season. After all, they're the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL.

At some point though the lack of time off could hurt the Steelers. Tomlin was hoping to avoid that nightmare scenario by giving his players a miniature bye week, but the Ravens' situation obviously threw a wrench into his plans.