Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP, has tested positive for COVID-19. Jackson is the most recent in a series of Ravens players and staff members who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Ravens’ AFC North game with the Pittsburgh Steelers already had been postponed from Thursday evening to Sunday. Now comes the question whether the game will be played in Week 12, at all?
Sources: #Ravens star QB Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID-19.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 27, 2020
The NFL continues to monitor developments, but as of now, there’s no change to the status of the #Ravens–#Steelers game, per source. It’s still set for Sunday, after the prior postponement from tonight.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 27, 2020
That situation regarding a Sunday game has to be tenuous as players have been testing positive each day of the week with Jackson the latest.
Jackson was 19-3 as a starter over his first two seasons. He earned the MVP Award for his performance in 2019.
He has struggled, as have the Ravens, in 2020. The team is 6-4 and Jackson is averaging less than 200 yards per game passing with 15 touchdown passes in 10 games.
Robert Griffin III would be the starter against the Steelers should the game be played Sunday as now scheduled at 1:15 p.m. to be broadcast on NBC.
Ravens players were told today by their HC John Harbaugh that, for everyone’s safety, they will not be allowed back in the training facility until Monday at the earliest, sources tell ESPN.
Ravens are scheduled to play Steelers on Sunday, so that game doesn’t seem possible.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2020
Pro Football Talk refutes the Schefter report:
Per source, ESPN report that John Harbaugh has told players they will not return to facility until Monday is premature at best, incorrect at worst. Decisions have not yet been made.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 27, 2020
ESPN reported there were multiple players who tested positive Wednesday.
The Baltimore Ravens learned that at least three members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, a source told ESPN, marking the fourth day of a coronavirus outbreak among the team that led to the postponement of Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The new positive tests came from one player, one position coach and one staff member, the source said.
Ravens defensive end Jihad Ward was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Ward, who has been inactive for the past four games, becomes the eighth player, and third defensive lineman, to go on the reserve list this week. He has 12 tackles and one sack this season.
What Options Does the NFL Have?
While the game has not been postponed Sunday, it creates a thicket for the NFL if it is. What could happen is the league could push the game to Week 18 of the regular season, which means the off-week before Super Bowl LV would go away. This is all preliminary but that is one possibility that has been floated.
Here is a look at the latest Super Bowl Odds
Check for updates at the BetUS Locker Room on this and all other NFL news.