Ravens QB Jackson reportedly tests positive for COVID-19
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network and ESPN reported Thursday.
Jackson’s positive test marks the fourth straight day a Ravens player has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, leaving the status of Baltimore’s scheduled Sunday road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers uncertain.
According to ESPN, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told his team Thursday that due to safety precautions, players will not be allowed back in the training facility until Monday at the earliest.
Jackson, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, is arguably the highest-profile player in any sport to test positive for coronavirus.
Not including Jackson, whose positive test has yet to be confirmed officially by the team, the Ravens have 10 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which indicates a player has tested positive or is considered a high-risk close contact with an infected person.
The outbreak in Baltimore previously forced the NFL to reschedule the game between the Ravens (6-4) and Steelers (10-0) from Thanksgiving night to Sunday afternoon, but it is unclear if the pivotal AFC North game will be held.
If Jackson can’t play and the game is still contested Sunday, the Ravens likely would turn to Robert Griffin III, who has thrown two passes this season — a 9-yard completion in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns and an interception in Week 4 against the Washington Football Team. He’s rushed for one yard on five carries.
Trace McSorley went on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week, leaving practice-squad rookie Tyler Huntley as the team’s only available quarterback after Griffin, a former Heisman Trophy winner.
Jackson has thrown for 1,948 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He has completed 63.4 percent of his passes while starting all 10 games.
On Wednesday, the Ravens disciplined a staff member who didn’t inform them of COVID-19-related symptoms and had not consistently worn a mask or tracking device, as required by NFL protocols, the team announced.
Running backs Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins, defensive tackle Brandon Williams, linebacker Pernell McPhee, defensive ends Calais Campbell and Jihad Ward, offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura, McSorley and defensive back Iman Marshall are on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
–Field Level Media