Update: 4:15 p.m. ET
The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec reports five players, “at least” one coach and several support staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Brandon Williams also reported as a close contact. The newest player to test positive is OLB Pernell McPhee.
Ravens players on Reserve/COVID-19 list:— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) November 24, 2020
QB Trace McSorley, RB Mark Ingram, RB J.K. Dobbins, OLB Pernell McPhee, NT Brandon Williams (close contact) and CB Iman Marshall (already on IR).
There is also at least one coach and several support staff members who have tested positive.
UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. ET
Adam Schefter reporting the Ravens have had five players and four staffers test positive for COVID-19 this week.
Ravens now have had five players and four staffers test positive for COVID this week, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 24, 2020
Thursday night’s game vs. the Steelers still is on, as scheduled, but one source warned that further positives could mean postponing it.
It’s unclear as to whether or not they’re including Brandon Williams (reported as a “High-Risk, Close Contact yesterday), Iman Marshall and Trace McSorley, or if there are three more players that have tested positive among the reports of up to 4 new positive COVID-19 tests today.
Even so, the NFL is still believing the Ravens and Steelers will play on Thursday.
On Monday, the Baltimore Ravens temporarily closed facilities after learning of four positive COVID-19 tests. Among those who contracted the virus were two players (J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram II) and two staffers. Today, less than 24 hours after reopening their facilities, the Ravens once again closed their facilities due to reports of “up to four new positive tests.”
Statement from the Baltimore Ravens: pic.twitter.com/WGAUjSiXmz— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 24, 2020
Per sources, the Ravens have as many as four new positive tests for COVID-19 today after learning of four others on Sunday night. All told, since Sunday night, there's been at least 10 positive tests. Not all players. Coaches and support staff members included.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) November 24, 2020
According to reports, at this time there are still no changes or schedule modifications of the Ravens-Steelers game on Thursday.
NFL spokesman says Thursday night's game is on.— Aaron Kasinitz (@AaronKazreports) November 24, 2020
"We will continue to monitor developments in consultation with our medical experts. Our foremost concern is the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel. There’s no change to the status of the game."
It’s hard to believe player health safety is truly the foremost concern. Two players have tested positive and there are likely more players going on the Reserve/COVID list later today on the Ravens’ roster. There have not been “high-risk close contact” players named like last time, which is odd given they practice together.
As mentioned in the previous tweet, the Baltimore Ravens will not be offering media availability today as their matchup against the Steelers is less than 72 hours away.