Ravens-Steelers punted again, this time to Tuesday
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Starting quarterback Lamar Jackson, the league’s reigning MVP, is among the latest to become infected, reports have said since Thursday night.
The NFL’s transaction wire reveals that 12 Ravens players from Monday to Friday of this week were placed on COVID-19/reserve: on Monday, RB Mark Ingram, RB J.K. Dobbins and NT Brandon Williams; on Tuesday, LB Pernell McPhee; on Wednesday, DT Calais Campbell, C Patrick Mekari and C Matt Skura; on Thursday, DE Jihad Ward; and on Friday, QB Jackson, DT Justin Madubuike, RB Patrick Ricard and long snapper Morgan Cox.
“We just want to contain this outbreak!” Campbell tweeted Friday. “Speaking from experience … you don’t want to catch (COVID-19)! This virus is brutal. I pray no one else has to go thru this. This is bigger than football.”
Those parked on the COVID-19/reserve list as a high-risk close contact of someone infected must sit out for five days minimum, whereas those parked there after a confirmed positive test must sit out for 10 days minimum.
If Jackson indeed has the coronavirus, he could first become eligible to come off COVID-19/reserve on the very day of the Monday night game against Dallas. In any event he will miss Tuesday’s game at Pittsburgh, presuming it is not postponed any further.
Jackson’s backup, Robert Griffin III, will start against the Steelers.
Third-string Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley went on COVID-19/reserve last Friday, reportedly after having contracted the coronavirus. McSorley conceivably could dress against Pittsburgh, after sitting out the minimum 10 days, but would have to satisfy all return-to-play criteria according to health protocols put into place this season jointly by the NFL and NFLPA.