The Baltimore Ravens are grappling with more COVID-19 issues following the team’s outbreak earlier this season. The team put three recipients – including Marquise Brown – on the COVID-19 / reserve list on Wednesday.
Brown was added to the COVID-19 list along with Myles Boykin and James Proche. A player does not have to test positive to be put on the list. Players can be put on the COVID-19 list if they come in close contact with someone who tests positive for the virus.
Raven’s coach John Harbaugh said all three players were placed on the COVID-19 / reserve list after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive. Harbaugh added that Boykin, Brown and Proche did not register positive tests.
Ravens WR’s Brown Brown, James Proche and Miles Boykin have been identified as close contacts and have not tested positive, coach John Harbaugh said.
They won’t train, but all of them will be available for Sunday’s game against Jags if they continue to test negative.
– Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 16, 2020
If these players continue to test negative, they will be available for the team’s 15th week game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ravens was involved with the COVID-19 outbreak earlier in the season
The move comes just six days after the Ravens put Dez Bryant on the COVID-19 / reserve list. Bryant tweeted that he tested positive for coronavirus before the week 13 game against the Dallas Cowboys but said subsequent tests were negative. Despite those negative tests, the Ravens still put Bryant on the COVID-19 list on Thursday, which resulted in him missing the week 14 game against the Cleveland Browns.
The story goes on
Before Bryant was added to the list, the Ravens experienced a COVID-19 outbreak. The team placed at least 18 players – including JK Dobbins, Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson – on the COVID-19 / reserve list ahead of the week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ravens dealing with COVID-19 issues with playoffs on the line
Boykin, Brown and Proche could be available to play against the Jaguars and that should be welcome news. While the Jaguars are only 1-12, the competition is fierce for the Ravens, who are battling for a playoff spot in the AFC.
At 8-5, the Ravens aren’t currently a playoff team, but not by much. Both the Ravens and Miami Dolphins have identical records, but the Dolphins are in seventh and final AFC playoff spot due to a tiebreaker. The Ravens also hunt the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans. All three teams sit at 9-4.
Even though the Ravens are outside the playoffs, they stand a strong chance of getting a push for the late season. After beating the Jaguars, the Ravens face the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals for the final two weeks of the season.
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