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.”