Ravens' Pernell McPhee Placed on Reserve/COVID-19 List, Out vs. Steelers

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2020

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (90) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. The Steelers won 28-24. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee will miss Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after the team placed him on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

McPhee is the fourth Ravens player to receive the designation this week after J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram II and Brandon Williams went on the list Monday.

Baltimore announced earlier Tuesday it was sending players and staff members home and conducting necessary business remotely.

According to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec, McPhee may not be the last member of the Ravens to go onto the reserve/COVID-19 list:

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the NFL is still planning to follow through with the Thanksgiving clash between the AFC North rivals, but "further positives could mean postponing it."

The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers went ahead with their Week 9 game despite multiple players for both teams being absent to satisfy the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Across the country, the number of new coronavirus cases is climbing ahead of the holiday season. The total number of cases in the United States so far is more than 12.5 million, with 259,045 people dead from the virus.

The NFL is taking some steps to mitigate the spread within teams.

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All 32 franchises entered into the league's intensive protocol, which among other things requires players and staffers to have tested negative the day before in order to enter a team facility.

The NFL also tightened its COVID-19 protocols, mandating players wear face masks or coverings on the sideline unless they're wearing a helmet or preparing to enter the game. Coaches with play-calling duties will have to be masked as well, even if they wear a protective face shield.