Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, is the latest in a long line of virus-hit Ravens players, and reported developments cast doubt on the status of Sunday’s game against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. If the game goes as planned, quarterback Robert Griffin III would likely start for Baltimore.
The game between rivals AFC North was meant to crown the triple NFL Thanksgiving title. Instead, the league announced on Wednesday that the game would be moved to Sunday.
Baltimore already has 10 players on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, and it looks like Jackson may join them soon. The team first placed third-string quarterback Trace McSorley and defensive back Iman Marshall on the reserve list last Friday ahead of Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.
The Ravens then placed running backs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins and defensive tackle Brandon Williams on the reserve list on Monday while announcing that several members of the organization had tested positive for COVID-19. They were joined by linebacker Pernell McPhee on Tuesday, while defensive end Calais Campbell and offensive linemen Matt Skura and Patrick Mekari made the roster on Wednesday. Baltimore placed defensive end Jihad Ward on the roster Thursday morning.
Baltimore sanctioned a staff member on Wednesday for failing to report symptoms of COVID-19 and failing to consistently wear a mask or tracking device at team premises.
Steve Saunders, head strength and conditioning trainer, was the staff member in question, sources said Jeff Zrebiec de l’Athletic. The team are said to have suspended Saunders.