Ravens Close Training Facility After Additional Positive COVID-19 Tests

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2020

Large fans don the Baltimore Ravens logo during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Baltimore. The Ravens won 38-6. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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The Baltimore Ravens have closed their practice facility until at least Monday after additional members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19, coach John Harbaugh told ESPN on Thursday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Ravens had four more players and one staff member return positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday.

The latest test results have put the status of this weekend's contest in doubt.

"No way it can be played," a source told Schefter in regards to Sunday's scheduled game.

According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, this marks the fourth straight day the organization has registered positive tests. 

Of note, defensive end Calais Campbell, offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura, running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram II, defensive tackle Brandon Williams and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee have already been placed on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list this week. 

According to Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk, defensive end Jihad Ward was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, becoming the eighth member of the Ravens to land there this week. 

Baltimore's Thanksgiving night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers has been rescheduled to 1:15 p.m. ET on NBC because of the team's outbreak. 

The team released the following statement regarding the NFL's decision to postpone that game:

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The Ravens also reportedly disciplined a strength and conditioning coach who didn't properly follow coronavirus protocols and could be partially responsible for the team's outbreak.

Baltimore has kept its team facilities closed since Tuesday. The NFL's chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills spoke with the TODAY Show on Thursday about the league's decision to postpone the game until Sunday:

"In this particular situation, we feel like we have a good understanding where transmission occurred, we also feel we have a good understanding of where that window of transmission might close. We certainly don't want to put anyone on the field, for either team, if we think they're still in that window of vulnerability. But at present, with the information we have at end, we feel fairly confident that we understand the end of this transmission chain and we'll be able to get the game played safely on Sunday."

The rivalry game between the Ravens (6-4) and Steelers (10-0) was set to be the primetime highlight of the NFL's Thanksgiving day slate. The Houston Texans and Detroit Lions remain on schedule to play at 12:30 p.m. ET Thursday, while a different rivalry game between Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET. 

None of the teams in play Thursday have a winning record.