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Calais Campbell, Matt Skura Among 3 Ravens Players Placed on COVID-19 List

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2020

Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell (93) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)
Terrance Williams/Associated Press

The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday that defensive end Calais Campbell and offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura have been placed on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list.

They join running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram II, defensive tackle Brandon Williams and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee. 

With the Ravens organization dealing with a coronavirus outbreak, the NFL rescheduled the Thanksgiving night matchup between Baltimore and the Pittsburgh Steelers for Sunday. Kickoff will be 1:15 p.m. ET on NBC.  

Michael Signora @NFLfootballinfo

The Ravens-Steelers game scheduled for Thursday, Nov 26 has been moved to Sunday, Nov 29, and will be broadcast nationally at 1:15 p.m. ET on NBC. https://t.co/50Houkf8N0

The NFL's decision to push back the Thanksgiving game was met with a mixed response from Pittsburgh's players:

JuJu Smith-Schuster @TeamJuJu

First the NFL takes away our bye week because another team can’t get their Covid situation together, now they take away our Thanksgiving primetime game for the same reason. Smh.

Chase Claypool @ChaseClaypool

What a joke....

Cam Heyward @CamHeyward

See you Sunday! Back to the lab https://t.co/uNG0cWJDiV

"This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game-day personnel and in consultation with medical experts," the NFL said in a statement.

"We feel like we have a really good handle on exactly when the transmission occurred and how it occurred," NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills added on NFL Network (h/t Jamison Hensley and Brooke Pryor of ESPN). "I think that we feel like we're a couple of days away from being out of that window of vulnerability for that transmission event."

The Ravens released a statement regarding the postponement:

Baltimore Ravens @Ravens

Statement from the Baltimore Ravens: https://t.co/2gLHTK38MX

Campbell, 34, has appeared in eight games this season, registering 24 tackles and four sacks. He has missed the past two games with a calf injury. Mekari, 23, has started at both center and right guard this year. Skura, 27, has made nine starts at center. 

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