OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens are headed to Pittsburgh and Wednesday’s recreation remains to be on, however Baltimore had two extra optimistic COVID-19 exams earlier than departing Tuesday, sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Sources informed ESPN the optimistic exams belong to Ravens security Geno Stone, a rookie seventh-round choose who has performed two video games this season, and an gear supervisor.
The outcomes are “not sudden and never a priority for the sport,” a supply informed Schefter.
The 2 optimistic exams had been deemed no threat to others as a result of, a supply informed ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the Ravens “operated the previous few days performing as if everyone seems to be optimistic.” Stroll-through exercises had been masked, distanced and open air to cut back threat, mainly eliminating shut contacts.
The Ravens might be examined once more Wednesday earlier than the sport with point-of-care exams that return outcomes inside half-hour and are seen by the league as extra correct than the point-of-care exams they had been utilizing earlier within the season. If the point-of-care exams are detrimental, the sport is on, a supply informed Schefter.
The Ravens have had 10 straight days of optimistic exams as they put together to play the undefeated Steelers in a recreation that has been postponed 3 times due to the outbreak in Baltimore. At the very least one dozen Ravens have examined optimistic, together with reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson.
Baltimore practiced early Tuesday after which awaited the most recent take a look at outcomes. The Ravens headed to the airport round 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, a supply informed ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
The information got here hours after Baltimore activated nostril deal with Brandon Williams, quarterback Trace McSorley and injured cornerbacks Tavon Young and Khalil Dorsey from the reserve/COVID-19 record.
Nonetheless, Williams was dominated out for Wednesday’s recreation with an ankle damage. He hasn’t practiced since injuring his ankle in a 23-17 loss in New England on Nov. 15.
The Ravens additionally introduced that two assistant coaches — Joe D’Alessandris (offensive line) and Matt Weiss (operating backs) — didn’t journey to Pittsburgh as a consequence of sickness.
The Ravens have trimmed the variety of gamers on the reserve/COVID-19 record to 16 gamers, which marks the primary time they’ve decreased the variety of gamers on this record because the outbreak in Baltimore started on Nov. 22.
It is doable the Ravens will get right down to 14 gamers earlier than they play the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday afternoon. Working backs J.Ok. Dobbins and Mark Ingram are each eligible to come back off the record after finishing a 10-day quarantine.
McSorley, who was on the reserve/COVID-19 record for 10 days, provides Baltimore two quarterbacks on the lively roster. Robert Griffin III is predicted to start out instead of Jackson, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Thanksgiving. If McSorley is unable to again up Griffin, Baltimore would promote undrafted rookie Tyler Huntley from the apply squad.
Younger and Dorsey revert to injured reserve after coming off the reserve/COVID-19 record.
Baltimore is within the midst of one of many greatest outbreaks in skilled sports activities.