Ravens facing COVID-19 scare once again

The Baltimore Ravens are facing another Covid-19 scare this week. The organization learned late Sunday night that multiple players tested positive for COVID-19. The news came hours after Baltimore’s 30-26 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram were the players that tested positive.

The Ravens released the following statement on Monday: “Late last night, we were informed that multiple members of the Baltimore Ravens organization tested positive for Covid- 19, and those individuals immediately began to self-quarantine. We have started the process of contact tracing, and during this time, the Under Armour Performance Center will be closed, with all team activities conducted virtually. We will continue to work closely with and follow guidance from the NFL, team doctors and our medical trainers.”

Both Dobbins and Ingram where immediately placed into protocol and missed Thursday’s Thanksgiving clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dobbins and Ingram will likely be available for Baltimore’s Week 13 game against the Dallas Cowboys but that depends on if they’re symptomatic or asymptomatic.

When a player tests positive and is showing symptoms, he can return 10 days from the time symptoms first appeared and if 24 hours have passed since last experiencing symptoms. The Ravens also placed defensive tackle Brandon Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Williams was determined to have been a close contact to another person that tested positive. The defensive tackle had to self- quarantine for five days after determined to have been a close contact.

The NFL was already under intense protocols due to the heightened number of COVID-19 cases in multiple league cities. However, there were some modifications to their protocols that were sent out in a memo earlier this week.

Here are some notable changes:

*Beginning Week 12, the maximum number of players able to travel to road games will be reduced to 62. To ensure equity, teams must submit a list of players designated as eligible to attend and/or play by 4 p.m. ET the day before game day to the league office.

*Play-callers will not be required to wear a face mask or double-layered gaiter in addition to a face shied to be consistent with all other coaches who choose to wear face shields.

*Postgame interactions between players and/or staff will be limited.

*Starting on Monday, November 30, access to club facilities will be limited to those designated as “Essential Football, Essential Support or Other Medical/Special Services.” All others must now work remotely or in a separate facility.

*Beginning with Week 13 games, all members of teams’ traveling parties must wear N95 or KN95 masks on the team plane and on the team bus.

The Ravens next game will be at home against the Cowboys on Thursday, December 3. The team did not host fans at their last home game and will likely not have fans at their next one.