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Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson tests positive for coronavirus, according to report

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson tests positive for coronavirus, according to report
Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
Published 7:57 p.m. ET Nov. 26, 2020 | Updated 9:48 p.m. ET Nov. 26, 2020


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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has tested positive for coronavirus.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Jackson’s positive COVID-19 test to USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue.

NFL Network was the first to report the positive test.

The Ravens reported additional positive tests earlier Thursday, the day their game against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers was originally scheduled to be played. The contest has been postponed to Sunday at 1:15 p.m. ET on NBC. All signs point to backup Robert Griffin III starting behind center with Jackson out.

Griffin took to Twitter late Thursday to express support for his teammates and to say that dealing with “this outbreak within the team is bigger than football.”

Praying for my brother @Lj_era8 and every player, staff member and their families dealing with COVID-19. Ensuring the safety of the entire organization is important.
Handling this outbreak within the team is bigger than football

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) November 27, 2020

On Wednesday, the team disciplined strength and conditioning coach Steve Saunders for failing to report coronavirus symptoms and not consistently wearing his mask or tracking device while inside the facility. The team did not name Saunders, though The Athletic reported it was Saunders. Earlier this week, Ravens running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram tested positive for COVID-19. 

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The Ravens are currently confronting an outbreak, with positive tests coming in on four consecutive days. The Ravens have already placed a total of nine players on the COVID-19/reserve list this week, and they have had several staff members also test positive.

Because of the outbreak, the Ravens’ facility will be off limits at least until Monday, coach John Harbaugh confirmed to ESPN Thursday night. They will have to finish their preparations for Pittsburgh remotely or at another location. 

If Sunday’s game is played, then they have quick turnaround for a Thursday game at home against the Cowboys.

Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Chris Bumbaca on Twitter @BOOMbaca.


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