The quest to qualify for the NFL playoffs continues in Week 13, including an intriguing battle between two teams boasting 8-3 records as we get to the business end of the regular season.

Losing had become a horrible habit for the Browns in recent years, but now - behind the two-heading running attack of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt - Cleveland sits at 8-3, putting them firmly on course for a wildcard berth.

Next up for them is a trip to the Tennessee Titans, who leaned on leading rusher Derrick Henry to beat the Colts last time out and seize control of the AFC South. 

The latest round of games also includes a pivotal NFC West battle, while the Steelers have to deal with a short week and the Washington Football Team as they aim to remain unbeaten.

 

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Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans - Sunday, 1pm (all times Eastern)

- The Titans are 10-5 against Cleveland since the Browns franchise came back in 1999, including winning the previous three meetings. Last season's 43-13 Tennessee win in Week 1 was the largest by either team in the series since the Oilers set a franchise record in a 58-14 victory on December 9, 1990. 

- Cleveland's 8-3 start is the team's best since 1994, when the Browns began 9-3 under Bill Belichick and went on to win a playoff game, the franchise's last postseason triumph. Victory in Week 12 put an end to a 12-year streak of losing seasons. 

- Baker Mayfield is the first Browns quarterback to win three straight starts without throwing an interception since Vinny Testaverde in September 1995. The previous Browns QB with four straight victories and no picks? Frank Ryan, back in 1967. 

- Tennessee are coming off a 45-26 win at Indianapolis, the Titans' most points in a game since 2016 when they put 47 on the Green Bay Packers. Ryan Tannehill attempted just 22 passes in that Week 12 triumph, though he set a season high at 10.05 yards per attempt.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, 4.05pm

- The Cardinals were held under 21 points for the first time this season in their 20-17 loss to the New England Patriots last time out. Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this year and posted a 67.0 passer rating in the defeat, the second-worst rating of his NFL career.

New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks - Sunday, 4.05pm

- These teams have split 18 all-time meetings. However, the Seahawks have won the past four, all by double digits. The most recent meeting was in 2017, a 24-7 Seattle triumph. The Giants last visited Seattle in 2014, a game  the home team won by a 38-17 scoreline. 

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday, 8.20pm

- The Chiefs have won their past 10 games against the Broncos, the franchise's second-longest winning streak against any single opponent (11 games against Denver, from 1964 to 1969). Patrick Mahomes threw for 462 yards in the victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12, meaning he is now responsible for five of the 10 400-yard passing games by a Chiefs quarterback.

Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers - Monday, 8.15pm

- The Bills have not had a 100-yard rusher in 16 games, the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL. Still, throwing the ball has worked just fine for them this season - Josh Allen has become the fourth Bill to pass for over 3,000 yards in consecutive seasons, joining Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jim Kelly and Tyrod Taylor.

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New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - Sunday, 1pm

- Taysom Hill is the second player in the Super Bowl era to score four rushing touchdowns through two career starts at quarterback, along with Eric Hipple, who did so for the Detroit Lions in 1981. However, the Falcons have improved under Raheem Morris, a 43-6 win over the Las Vegas Raiders last week meaning they are 4-2 since he took charge on an interim basis.

Washington Football Team at Pittsburgh Steelers - Monday, 7pm

- The Steelers are 11-0 for the first time in franchise history after beating the depleted Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday in a game delayed from Thanksgiving. Since 1970, nine of the 11 teams to start 11-0 have gone on to make the Super Bowl, including five that won it.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed outside linebacker Bud Dupree will miss the remainder of the NFL season due to a "significant" knee injury.

Dupree was placed on the reserve/injured list on Thursday after reportedly tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in Wednesday's 19-14 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

The 27-year-old appeared to injure his knee during a non-contact play in the second half as the unbeaten Steelers went on to claim their 11th consecutive victory to open the season.

"You can characterise it as official that Bud is out for the year with a significant knee injury," Tomlin told reporters on Thursday.

Through 11 games, Dupree had 31 tackles, eight sacks, eight tackles for a loss, 15 quarterback hits, two passes defenced and two forced fumbles for the high-flying Steelers.

Dupree, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2019, is set to become a free agent after playing on a one-year franchise tag this term.

The Steelers improved to 11-0 – the 13th team to achieve the feat in the Super Bowl era – courtesy of their hard-fought victory against the coronavirus-hit Ravens midweek.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon could play during the final two weeks of the regular season after being conditionally reinstated by the NFL.

Gordon will be eligible to return to the field for the final two games, starting with the Week 16 showdown against the Los Angeles Rams, before the playoffs following Thursday's announcement.

The Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowler was suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse in December last year.

Gordon, who was signed by the Seahawks in November 2019, was banned for a fifth time in eight years over a substance abuse issue.

The 29-year-old can begin coronavirus testing on Friday and will be permitted to join the team starting December 9 for team meetings, individual meetings with the coaching staff and for individual workouts and strength conditioning.

Gordon cannot practice, travel with the team or attend games until December 21, following Seattle's Week 15 clash against the Washington Football Team.

The former Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots receiver has played in 63 games since entering the NFL in 2012 and he has made 247 catches for 4,252 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Gordon appeared in five games prior to his suspension last season, catching seven passes for 139 yards in Seattle.

The Seahawks top the NFC West with an 8-3 record, ahead of the Rams (7-4).

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow underwent successful surgery on a knee injury suffered last month, the NFL franchise announced.

Burrow – the NFL's number one draft pick – reportedly tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in Cincinnati's 20-9 loss to the Washington Football Team on November 22.

The rookie QB was carted off after being hit low while throwing in the third quarter at FedExField.

"Joe Burrow underwent successful surgery yesterday [Wednesday]," the Bengals said in a statement on Thursday. "The procedure went as planned and he is expected to make a complete recovery.

"Joe will begin the recovery process and we look forward to his return."

Burrow was producing strong numbers in his debut season with the Bengals in the NFL prior to the injury.

Through 10 games, Burrow completed 65.3 per cent of passes for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Burrow's five interceptions are the least in the league alongside Andy Dalton of the Dallas Cowboys, with under-fire Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (15) recording the highest number.

The 23-yeard-old Burrow also rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries.

 

Week 13 marks the final game of the regular season in most fantasy leagues. 

That means if you have already booked your place in the playoffs, then the pressure is off somewhat and you don't have to worry about getting the line-up balance exactly right. 

However, if you are still fighting to get into the postseason, it is all or nothing and having the perfect line-up is imperative. 

Here we try to offer guidance as to who should be starting in this most important of weeks, highlighting four players and one defensive unit that are worthy of being trusted in the regular-season finale.

 

QB Kirk Cousins - Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings' offense is rolling and Cousins has posted back-to-back 300-yard games in which he has thrown for three touchdowns, though he has lost a fumble in each. 

There is a strong chance that run continues against the one-win Jacksonville Jaguars, who are allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Look for Cousins to take full advantage of an extremely favourable matchup and further boost Minnesota's playoff hopes.

RB: Raheem Mostert - San Francisco 49ers

Like the Vikings, the 49ers kept their season alive with a win in Week 12, with Mostert marking his return from an ankle injury with a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams. 

It was otherwise tough sledding for Mostert, who finished with 43 yards against a stingy Rams run defense. 

The Buffalo Bills should present a less daunting challenge in that regard. They are 25th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game and only seven teams have conceded more fantasy points to opposing running backs. 

This is a matchup in which Mostert should return to top form.

WR: DeVante Parker - Miami Dolphins

Parker is coming off an eight-catch, 119-yard game against the lowly New York Jets and faces another accommodating defense in Week 13.

The Bengals are allowing 25.1 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers and, after being targeted 14 times in the win over the Jets, Parker is likely to have plenty of opportunities to exploit the Cincinnati defense.

TE: Trey Burton - Indianapolis Colts

For fantasy managers in the unfortunate position of having to consistently stream tight ends, Burton stands out as an excellent option this week.

He has a touchdown in each of his past two games and gets the chance to go against a vulnerable Houston Texans defense that is 23rd in the league in passing yards allowed per game.

D/ST: Pittsburgh Steelers

If you have the Steelers' defense in fantasy, you are starting them. However, it is worth highlighting the extent of the appeal of their Week 13 matchup with the Washington Football Team. 

Washington quarterback Alex Smith has started three games and has been pressured on 29.5 per cent of his dropbacks this season, the second-highest rate in the NFL. He has also been intercepted five times in as many appearances in 2020. 

Pittsburgh lead the NFL with a pressure rate of 33.3 per cent and have the most takeaways in the NFL with 23. The Steelers' defense should feast en route to another victory in a campaign many expect to end in a Super Bowl appearance.

Baltimore Ravens players vented frustration at the handling of a significant COVID-19 outbreak as they had their say following Wednesday's 19-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The contest, which had been postponed three times, came during a period in which the Ravens had at least one player test positive for 10 successive days.

They have also had to put 23 individuals on their reserve/COVID-19 list, either because they returned a positive test or had come into close contact with someone who contracted the virus.

Although that number was reduced to 17 for Wednesday's match, they were still forced to call on 10 players from their practice squad in order to fill their roster for the game, which saw the Steelers improve to 11-0.

The situation made the Ravens' preparations for the game far from ideal as their training facility had been closed for five days prior to Monday, with the team then limited to walk-throughs Monday and Tuesday.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III, who took the place of reigning MVP Lamar Jackson due to his positive coronavirus test, was the most vocal post-game, questioning whether the NFL had properly considered the players' safety as he also considered the impact of a lack of training.

"It's not about whether or not guys want to play," Griffin said. "It's about whether or not our safety is actually being taken into account. I can't say much more than that.

"I pulled a hamstring today. I've never pulled a hamstring in my life. You see guys going down left and right."

During the game, Griffin was seven of 12 for 33 yards and an interception, while he rushed 68 yards before being replaced by Trace McSorley as the Ravens (6-5) were left third in the AFC North.

But afterwards he was in little mood to discuss the game itself, as he also hit back at suggestions the team cannot be bothered to play, adding: "When people think, 'Oh, maybe they just don't want to play. They just don't want to do this.'

"It's not that -- we love football. We want to play football, but we also want to make sure our families are safe. Those things [family members becoming ill] don't get reported."

Ravens safety Chuck Clark chimed in as well, pondering why the players were allowed back into the training facility at all on Monday.

Clark said: "I don't know what comes with me saying this, but, of course, on Monday and Tuesday, we're wondering, 'Why were we allowed back in the building if we say everything is based off contact tracing and things like that, and that's what's told to us?'.

"We've got to look at some of those things."

Mike Tomlin was brutal in his assessment of the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite maintaining their unbeaten start to the NFL season.

The Steelers improved to 11-0 – the 13th team to achieve the feat in the Super Bowl era – courtesy of Wednesday's hard-fought 19-14 victory over the Lamar Jackson-less Baltimore Ravens.

It was a scrappy encounter at Heinz Field, where the clash went ahead after being rescheduled three times due to a coronavirus outbreak within the Ravens organisation.

The Steelers stand alone in the NFL, but head coach Tomlin was far from impressed with his team's performance.

"It was really junior varsity, to be quite honest with you," Tomlin said post-game. "It was in all three phases. We couldn't run the ball effectively when we needed to.

"We dropped too many significant passes, very catchable, makeable passes. We didn't make significant plays in the special teams game.

"Our kick-off coverage unit wasn't good enough. We turned the ball over. We gave up big plays in critical moments on defense. Can't have it."

Tomlin continued: "[The Ravens] converted a long run on a possession down before the half. Unacceptable. They had a 70-yard touchdown late in the game. Unacceptable.

"We're fortunate tonight. It's good to proceed with the victory. I acknowledge that. But not a lot happened tonight to be proud of or to be excited about other than that."

"We make no excuses," he said. "We seek no comfort. We didn't play well, coach well tonight."

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 36 of 51 passes for 266 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Roethlisberger was 13-0 as a starter in 2004, now he is 11-0 this season. The two-time Super Bowl champion joined Peyton Manning (2005 and 2009) as the only QBs since at least 1950 to win each of their first 11 starts in a season twice, per NFL Research.

According to Stats Perform, Roethlisberger is also the first quarterback to have four consecutive games with 250-plus passing yards and no sacks taken since Dan Marino in 1988.

"I need to be more accurate with my passes," Roethlisberger said. "I need to give them better chances to make the plays. There weren't some plays made today when they needed to be."

The Pittsburgh Steelers maintained their unbeaten record in the NFL this season with a 19-14 win over the depleted Baltimore Ravens.

The Steelers became the 13th team to start a season 11-0 in the Super Bowl era after a scrappy win at Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger completed 36 of 51 passes for 266 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Pittsburgh.

Depleted after a coronavirus outbreak, with star Lamar Jackson among those sidelined, Baltimore struggled, slipping to 6-5 and further behind their rivals, while they are also adrift of the Cleveland Browns (8-3) in the AFC North.

Taking Jackson's place, Robert Griffin III was seven of 12 for 33 yards and an interception, while he rushed for 68 yards before being replaced by Trace McSorley.

The win meant the Steelers swept the Ravens for just a second time in 12 seasons.

Rescheduled three times after a coronavirus outbreak at the Ravens, the Week 12 clash finally went ahead on Wednesday.

After early turnovers by both teams, it was fitting the opening score came via a pick six.

Joe Haden intercepted a Griffin pass and took it 14 yards to put the Steelers ahead.

Another mistake handed the Ravens a chance, though, after Ray-Ray McCloud fumbled, the error punished as Gus Edwards rushed in for a TD.

But neither team was able to get much going offensively, with the Steelers taking a 12-7 half-time lead following two Chris Boswell field goals.

The Ravens finished the first half with 11 net passing yards. Only the Denver Broncos (zero) against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday had fewer first-half passing yards in a game this season, as per NFL Research.

Pittsburgh extended their lead early in the fourth, Roethlisberger finding JuJu Smith-Schuster to complete a 12-play, 61-yard drive.

After replacing Griffin, McSorley combined with Marquise Brown for 70 yards with three minutes remaining to give the Ravens hope.

But Roethlisberger and James Washington combined for a crucial play for the Steelers to keep them unbeaten.

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper will step down in January to take up a new role as head of the NFL in the UK and Europe. 

Gosper joined World Rugby in July 2012 and oversaw the sport's return to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and the delivery of the first Asian World Cup in Japan last year.

Chief operating officer Alan Gilpin will perform the role of interim CEO until Gosper's replacement is appointed.

"It's been a fantastic nine years," Gosper said. "It has been an absolute privilege to have worked with so many talented and dedicated rugby people around the world.

"Rugby is a wonderful sport and World Rugby is a fantastic organisation, and therefore it was a very difficult decision to leave.

"But with a new ambitious strategic plan set to launch and the strong foundations in place to drive the sport forward beyond the pandemic, the time is right for me to begin a new challenge.

"I am proud of what we have achieved together as a rugby family. While I will miss working in the sport, my passion and enthusiasm for what rugby and its values mean to so many will never diminish."

NFL executive vice president Christopher Halpin added: "The UK has been a core market of investment and growth for the NFL over the last decade, and we believe broader Europe presents a number of similar attractive opportunities to expand the game and our fan base.

"Brett's exceptional skills and experience make him the ideal leader to build on our momentum and grow the NFL."

 

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he has not been given reassurances that he will finish the NFL season as his team continue to struggle.

The Eagles (3-7-1) crashed to their seventh loss in 2020, beaten 23-17 by the high-flying Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

Philadelphia have suffered three consecutive defeats as pressure mounts on beleaguered quarterback Carson Wentz and Pederson, who guided the Eagles to their first Super Bowl in 2017, and he was asked about his future.

"I haven't been reassured one way or another," Pederson told reporters on Tuesday.

"Listen, I've been around this league a long time, 25 years, I believe, as a player and a coach, and we're always based on and evaluated on our performance.

"Right now, that's obviously not my concern, as far as that decision goes. That's out of my hands. But what's in my hands and in my control is getting the team prepared and ready for Green Bay this weekend.

"So, I'm not going there mentally. I'm looking forward to playing again this week, getting back on the grass [Wednesday] with the players, and getting ready for Green Bay."

Pressed on Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, Pederson said: "Our relationship is good. We communicate a lot throughout the week. We have our typical weekly meeting and cover a lot of ground.

"But that relationship is good. Listen, some of these questions might be for Mr. Lurie obviously, but my job is to prepare the team and get ready for Green Bay."

Eagles quarterback Wentz has come under fire this season and question marks over his long-term future in Philadelphia continue to make headlines.

Wentz was 25 of 45 passes for 215 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while he rushed for 42 yards on five carries against the Seahawks.

The Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowler was sacked six times by the Seahawks, taking that tally to an NFL-high 46 this season, while he also has a league-high 15 interceptions to go with his 16 TD passes.

Philadelphia's first five drives against Seattle equated to minus-one total yards, zero points and zero total downs, but their final drive prior to half-time resulted in 75 total yards, six points and seven first downs.

"I'm not going to sit here and throw people under the bus. We can do that during the week of preparation and practice," Pederson added. "Guys just have to understand the sense of urgency that it takes to play a game and to prepare not only coaching, but also players.

"It's a long season. The season is a grind. It's a tough sport mentally and physically, and probably more so mentally than anything else. And it's frustrating because we do prep and practice and study and meet all week long, and coaches spend countless hours putting game plans together and trying to somehow come up with a plan that can beat your opponent.

"And then, whether it's execution or sometimes physically, you just get beat. It's a frustrating thing. It's something that we have got to – again, if it goes back to simplifying game plans, we can keep simplifying as much as we can.

"We've got a lot of moving parts, a lot of moving pieces, particularly in the offensive line. I alluded to that a little bit this morning [on SportsRadio 94WIP], that continuity and stability. That's also been an issue with us. Some young players on the perimeter, new targets that Carson is throwing to. So, we're definitely not where we want to be, that's for sure. We're going to continue to work to improve."

The Eagles are third in an underwhelming NFC East, which is topped by the 4-7 New York Giants.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz insisted he was ignoring talk about his position after a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Wentz has struggled this season, leading to speculation he could be benched and replaced by rookie Jalen Hurts.

Hurts briefly replaced Wentz during the Eagles' 23-17 loss to the Seahawks in the NFL on Monday.

But Wentz, who completed 25 of 45 passes for 215 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and rushed for 42 yards on five carries, said he was blocking out suggestions he could lose his place.

"This is what you sign up for, as a quarterback ever since you're a kid you're prepared for any of those. Nothing's ever guaranteed," he told a news conference.

"For me I don't think about that though, I just try and go out and be the best player I can be, in practice, prepare my tail off, compete my tail off and hopefully we can get this thing turned around.

"I don't think about those things, I'm going to give it everything I've got every time I step on the field."

Wentz was sacked six times by the Seahawks, taking that tally to an NFL-high 46 this season, while he also has a league-high 15 interceptions to go with his 16 TD passes.

A slow start proved particularly costly for the Eagles, who failed to get a first down on their opening five drives and had minus-one total yards.

Wentz said the slow starts were frustrating for Philadelphia (3-7-1).

"I've got to go watch the tape. I know some things we just missed, we didn't execute. I can be better early in the games," he said.

"I think they made some plays early and did some things differently than what we had planned, but the slow starts are frustrating.

"That's the biggest thing I'm going to go back and watch and see how we can change that, and how we can change the momentum early in ball games so we can not put ourselves behind the eight ball like that."

Russell Wilson believes his poise and preparation have been key to his primetime success after helping the Seattle Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wilson completed 22 of 31 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown as the Seahawks overcame the Eagles 23-17 on Monday to improve to 8-3.

The Seahawks star's win percentage of 77.6 in primetime is the best in the NFL since 1950, with at least 20 starts, according to NFL Research.

Wilson said preparation was key to his success, with the win meaning the Seahawks are still unbeaten against the Eagles in Philadelphia since 1989.

"I think just staying poised, I think just believing and always being prepared. I believe in being prepared," the quarterback told ESPN.

"I believe our football team was prepared. We're playing championship football, we got through some tough times, we're also doing a great job all season."

Wilson also hailed the Seahawks' defense as Seattle moved clear of the Los Angeles Rams (7-4), Arizona Cardinals (6-5) and San Francisco 49ers (5-6) in the NFC West.

"Our defense really stepped up the past few games, they look unbelievable," he said.

"Carlos Dunlap's a big pick up for us, Jamal Adams has been unbelievable, [Quandre] Diggs, Bobby Wagner's as good as it gets, I don't know if there's ever been a better linebacker, there's been some good ones and that's a big comment.

"I'm just grateful for our guys. DK Metcalf made some great plays today, he got a lot of catches, Tyler [Lockett] special, guys ran the ball really well.

"We had that holding call it could've been another touchdown, we had a couple of big plays that could've been there too to really break the game open, but we kept at it and we did it together and that's what championship teams do.

"I just love playing, I love being prepared, I love winning and I love the process more than the end result."

The Seattle Seahawks continued their dominance of the Philadelphia Eagles with a 23-17 win in the NFL on Monday.

The Seahawks strengthened their grip on top spot in the NFC West, improving to 8-3 thanks to their victory at Lincoln Financial Field.

It extended Seattle's strong record over the Eagles, who last beat the Seahawks in 2008. The last time they beat them in Philadelphia was in 1989.

Seahawks star Russell Wilson was below his best but completed 22 of 31 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown, while DK Metcalf had 177 receiving yards.

The Seahawks are clear of the Los Angeles Rams (7-4), Arizona Cardinals (6-5) and San Francisco 49ers (5-6) in the NFC West.

Philadelphia, third in the NFC East, dropped to 3-7-1 as their struggles continued and they suffered a third straight loss.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was 25 of 45 for 215 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while being sacked six times and also rushing for 42 yards.

Both teams struggled offensively early, with the Eagles going without a first down on their first five drives while totalling minus-one total yard.

Seattle got on the board in the second quarter, Wilson connecting with David Moore after setting up the TD with a 52-yard pass to Metcalf.

The Seahawks went 14-0 ahead thanks to Chris Carson, who fought off the Eagles with a 16-yard rushing touchdown.

But a 15-play, 75-yard drive would get Philadelphia a response before half-time, Wentz finding Dallas Goedert with a three-yard pass.

Jake Elliott's 42-yard field goal brought the Eagles closer before Jason Myers drilled two as Seattle led 20-9 early in the fourth quarter.

Myers added another before Philadelphia scored a TD with 12 seconds remaining, Richard Rodgers taking a great one-handed catch after Wentz's 33-yard pass was ricocheted in the endzone.

The Baltimore Ravens' clash against the Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed until Wednesday, and two other games were also pushed back.

Originally scheduled for last Thursday as part of the Thanksgiving schedule, the Week 12 game was delayed until Sunday amid a coronavirus outbreak in the Ravens camp.

It was then pushed back to Tuesday, and on Monday it was postponed by another 24 hours.

The depleted Ravens (6-4) placed three more starters on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday as they prepared to face AFC North rivals the Steelers (10-0).

The NFL confirmed the Week 12 clash had officially been moved to Wednesday, while two other games were also impacted.

The Steelers' home game against the Washington Football Team was moved from December 6 to December 7.

The Ravens' hosting of the Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, was pushed back from December 3 to December 8.

"These decisions were made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts," the NFL said.

Will Fuller will miss the Houston Texans' final five games of 2020 after the star wide receiver was suspended for a breach of the NFL's drug policy.

Fuller has enjoyed a career-best season for the Texans, registering 53 catches for 879 yards and eight touchdowns.

The 26-year-old is out of contract with the Texans at the end of the campaign, however, and is set to become one of the league's most sought-after free agents, meaning Fuller may well have played his last game for Houston.

In a post on his official Instagram account, Fuller confirmed he had been banned for six games – the final five of this season and the opener of the 2021 campaign – for a PED (performance-enhancing drug) violation.

Fuller claimed that he had been prescribed a medication he thought was allowed in the league's drug policy, but his trust "was misplaced".

"Earlier this year, I sought treatment from a medical professional who prescribed medication that he believed to be permitted under the NFL's drug policy," Fuller wrote.

"As it turns out, my trust in this professional was misplaced because this medication was NOT a permitted substance under the NFL Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances.

"As a result of this mistake, I have been suspended for six games for taking this prohibited medication. I want to sincerely apologise to the Texans organisation and all of my fans for this mistake. I am looking forward to putting this all behind me and returning better than ever in 2021."

Should Fuller fail to agree to a new deal with the Texans, he will at least have ended his time with the team on a high note, having totalled 171 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 41-25 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. 

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