It’s been a rough week on the COVID-19 front for the Ravens … and it got worse on Thursday.
Star protector Lamar Jackson positively tested the new coronavirus, according to the NFL Network, is likely to force the Ravens-Steelers game – which was set for Sunday after it was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving – to be postponed a second time.
According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL is not expected to decide whether to postpone Sunday’s match until Friday.
According to ESPN, Head coach John Harbaugh told Ravens players on Thursday that, for safety reasons, they would be released back to the gym on Monday at the earliest.
ESPN reported four players, including Jackson, and one of his co-workers had a positive result in COVID-19.
Jackson’s loss is a devastating blow to the Ravens. To make matters worse, the Ravens have already lacked quarterback Trace McSorley, who was on the Reserve / COVID list last week. Behind the Ravens is veteran QB Robert Griffin III, who has thrown just two passes this season, and practice team rookie Tyler Huntley.
Seven Raven tests have already been positive for the coronavirus, including runners-up Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins.
The team also announced on Wednesday that it has disciplined a strong and conditioning coach for “conduct around recent COVID-19 cases”. The NFL Network said the disciplinary action was taken against the coach because he did not report his symptoms to the team and did not have a mask or tracker at all times.
The Steelers-Ravens match was originally supposed to be played on Thursday night, but they moved to NBC on Sunday at 1:15 p.m., but it looks like it can’t happen now.