As of Sunday morning, nine Ravens players and eight staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, sources said. Baltimore had two new cases on Saturday.
The NFL’s focus is on identification, isolation and containment. The effort to achieve this is why the Ravens-Steelers game was moved to Tuesday and why the Saints-Broncos game remains scheduled for Sunday despite Denver lacking a quarterback. In Baltimore, the spread was not contained; in Denver, it does.
The league does not delay a game for a player or group of players to return. Instead, all of the league’s decisions were medical decisions, not competitive decisions, and were driven by its medics. As a result, there hasn’t been a single NFL game called off in the first 12 weeks of the season.
The NFL Players Association also agreed with the decision in Denver to make quarterbacks ineligible. Eligible three quarters of the Broncos – Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles – have each been considered close contacts at high risk of COVID-19 and none of the three can be in uniform for Sunday’s game, the team announced. Saturday night.
Denver’s statement did not indicate who the players came into contact with, but sources told ESPN it was quarterback Jeff Driskel. Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and was transferred to the team’s reserve / COVID-19 list later in the day.
ESPN’s Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.