Lamar Jackson tests positive for COVID-19; Ravens-Steelers game in jeopardy again


Lamar Jackson and three more Baltimore Ravens players tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was the first to report on that Jackson was one of the players.

The latest positive tests bring the Ravens total up to about a dozen positives among players in the last five days. The recent outbreak led to Thursday’s Thanksgiving night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to be postponed to Sunday.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has informed players that they will not be allowed back in the team’s training facility until Monday, signaling the potential for another postponement, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, however, reported that the league was monitoring the developments and that the status of Sundays Ravens-Steelers game remained unchanged as of Thursday night.

After the decision to postpone Thursday’s game to Sunday, the Ravens had disciplined a strength and conditioning coach for failing to report symptoms and not following proper protocols such as consistently wearing a mask.

Should Sunday’s game be postponed, it is possible it could be made up on Monday or Tuesday. If it cannot be made up then, the NFL then faces the difficult task of figuring out how to reschedule the game with both teams already having had their byes.

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