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It was a mentally draining week for the Steelers as their game against the Baltimore Ravens got postponed three times due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Ravens' organization. It finally got played on Wednesday afternoon and the Steelers prevailed with a 19-14 victory, albeit it was a sloppy performance by Pittsburgh with several red-zone failures and numerous drops by the receivers.
The Steelers will now have to play on Monday afternoon against the Washington Football Team with just four days to prepare, while Washington has 10 days to get ready for the Steelers after playing on Thanksgiving. With all the maneuvering with the schedule to get the Steelers-Ravens game played, the Steelers are playing three games in 12 days and tight end Eric Ebron isn't fond of it.
"We put all of these stipulations in place,” Ebron said on Uninterrupted’s 17 Weeks podcast on SiriusXM/Pandora, which was transcribed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “Everybody signed up and said, ‘Ok, this is gonna be cool.’ Nobody thought you would play three games in 12 days. Think about that. That’s us. We play [Wednesday], we play Monday [against Washington], and we play Sunday [at Buffalo]. Oh my God. ... They’re trying to see us fail, bro. Welcome to the National Football League.”
Ebron even said that he wouldn't have minded not getting paid for the Steelers-Ravens game if the league decided to cancel the game or rule a forfeit for Baltimore.
“I don’t care about a game check,” he said. “I’m sorry, I know there are people who don’t make the amount of money I do. I know that. So what? I’m sure they don’t want to play three games in 12 days either. They’d much rather, you know, lose a game check than risk them not making a check the next year because they’re hurt.”
If the Steelers go to the Super Bowl this season, Ebron hopes the league will treat them better than they have this year with all the schedule changes.
“When we go to the Super Bowl they just better give us the biggest plane, the best hotel, the top of everything,” Ebron said. “Like whatever they did for Kansas City last year we need to be 30 times better than that when we go to the Super Bowl because that’ll be their makeup to us. They gotta roll out the red carpet for our ass now. They ain’t trying to do it in the regular season. They’re gonna have to do it then and we want it bigger and better than everybody else because they made us go through three road games in the middle of the year, and then three games in 12 days. And everybody says, ‘Oh we have the easiest schedule.’ OK, come over here and play with us then.”