Baltimore Ravens activate six off-reserve defenders / COVID-19 list

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OWINGS MILLS, Maryland – The Baltimore Ravens activated six reserve / COVID-19 roster players on Saturday, giving the defense a big boost just before their game against Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts.Five days after being identified as close, high-risk contact with infected All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey, linebackers Patrick Queen, LJ Fort, Malik Harrison and Tyus Bowser, safety DeShon Elliott and cornerback Terrell Bonds were removed from the list after passing the tests.

Fort, who had started the last six games at the weak side linebacker, was added to the injury report with a finger injury and was ruled out. The other five players came on Saturday’s visit after not practicing all week and will travel with the team for Sunday’s game between the Ravens (5-2) and Colts (5-2).

“It’s not the perfect thing. You always want everyone to practice, ”Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday. “The guys who weren’t there practicing were doing everything they could to prepare. You have faith in it, and you are going to play the game and do your best. So I feel very confident with that. ”

Humphrey, who tested positive on Monday, is the only Ravens player who remains on the reserve / COVID-19 roster and had already been ruled out for Sunday’s game. He can come back next week after a 10-day quarantine. Bonds, who returned to the practice squad after being taken off the roster, will likely be high to add depth to the cornerback for Baltimore.

Jimmy Smith, who is questionable with a back injury, would replace Humphrey if he was healthy. Harrison, a rookie third-round pick, is expected to replace Fort.

Without Humphrey and Fort, the Ravens will play without two of their top five tackles.

Outside linebacker Matthew Judon was removed from the reserve / COVID-19 list on Thursday after being seen as close contact with Humphrey. He was a full participant in training Thursday and Friday.

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