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COVID-19 Sweeping Through Ravens Team

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The Baltimore Ravens have now had five straight days of positive COVID-19 tests after more positive tests were confirmed on Thursday.

According to sources, MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson tested positive in the latest round and has now been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The positive tests from the Ravens forced the NFL to move the Thursday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to Sunday, but now that game is in jeopardy to be played. An official announcement is expected on Friday, but the Ravens have already announced that their team facilities are closed until Monday.

Running backs JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram were the first two players to test positive for COVID-19, doing so on Sunday night. That prompted the team to conduct virtual meetings in hopes of keeping the spread contained, but that has not been the case.

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The Ravens have now had at least 12 players test positive for COVID-19, as well as some members of the coaching staff. It is believed that the players became infected at some point on Sunday during the loss to Tennessee Titans.

With Jackson now on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the reigning MVP will be forced to miss two games, assuming the Ravens-Steelers game takes place this weekend. Baltimore is set to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football to kick off the Week 13 slate.

With Jackson now out, the Ravens have just two other quarterbacks on the roster moving forward. Robert Griffin III will likely be named the starter in the absence of Jackson, and practice squad player Tyler Huntley will be forced to the active roster.

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With Jackson, Dobbins, and Ingram all on the reserve/COVID-19 list, that represents 74 percent of all of the rushing yards for the Ravens this season. Baltimore has now slipped to 6-4 on the season after finishing the 2019 season with a record of 14-2.

NFL Contingency Plans

The NFL has already expanded the playoffs for this season, adding an additional playoff team in each conference and raising the total to seven. There is a chance that the playoffs could be expanded again, especially if the Ravens-Steelers game is forced to be pushed back into Week 18.

The league has already approved Week 18, which would push the NFL Playoffs back a week. If the NFL is not able to get all of the meaningful games played by Week 18, then the league would add an additional playoff team in each conference.

The league is still planning to play the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, and there has yet to be a plan that would move the big game.

The NFL has already been forced to make several changes to the regular-season schedule and has canceled the Pro Bowl for the first time, but the league is now running out of time to make any more changes. The Steelers have already lost their bye week, and this will be a second schedule change for the team.

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