Several Ravens tested positive for COVID-19, complicating matters ahead of Thanksgiving Night vs Steelers game

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The Baltimore Ravens are on a short week and are set to face the undefeated divisional rival the Pittsburgh Steelers this Thursday at Thanksgiving, but a recent development has put that holiday game in jeopardy. On Monday, the Ravens recorded several positive tests for COVID-19 and shut down their facilities. The team learned of the positive tests Sunday night hours after falling to the Tennessee Titans in overtime, 30-24, and have contacted the league.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said running backs Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins have tested positive and will not be available for Thursday night’s game against the Steelers. Gus Edwards, who ran for 130 yards against the Steelers in Week 17 of the 2019 season, is set to start on Thanksgiving Day. Additionally, defensive tackle Brandon Williams is also placed on the team’s reserve / COVID-19 roster.

The Crows issued a statement on their current COVID-19 situation.

“Late last night, we were informed that several members of the Baltimore Ravens organization had tested positive for COVID-19, and these people immediately began to self-quarantine. We have started the contact tracing process, and during this time, Under Armor Performance Center will be closed and all team activity will be conducted virtually. We will continue to work closely with and follow the advice of the NFL, team medics and our medical trainers. ”

Harbaugh said Thursday night’s game between the Ravens and Steelers is on for now. Depending on how quickly the Ravens can identify close contacts of infected individuals, the game could indeed be played. As Kevin Seifert d’ESPN noted, if the NFL finds close “high-risk” contact among the Ravens, the required five-day isolation period would force those players to miss Thursday night’s important game.

This is perhaps the most difficult hurdle the league has been forced to skirt so far regarding the ongoing pandemic. While the Titans took on the Ravens on Sunday, they will certainly also be forced to undergo further testing to see if the virus has spread.

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