The Ravens are currently dealing with a possible COVID-19 outbreak after it was reported outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has tested positive for the Coronavirus. The team will now undergo contract tracing to sort out those who are high-risk, close contacts.
Ravens OLB Jaylon Ferguson tested positive for COVID-19, per source https://t.co/PwwdTQ63QO— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) September 24, 2021
Though Ferguson played only a single snap against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, the possibility of more pass rushers becoming unavailable for their Week 3 matchup against the Detroit Lions could severely inhibit their defensive capabilities.
According to the NFL protocols, courtesy of FOX Baltimore’s Morgan Adsit, fully vaccinated players will not be designated as high-risk close contacts. However, they will be held to daily testing for up five days. This leaves only unvaccinated players at risk to miss games without a positive test.
Little NFL COVID protocols nugget after positive tests pic.twitter.com/dBwsOhbhyL— Morgan Adsit (@MorganAdsit) September 24, 2021
Few more NFL protocols. It really just depends if a player is vaccinated or not. Major difference between those vaccinated and unvaccinated. pic.twitter.com/XKYNNr3a2H— Morgan Adsit (@MorganAdsit) September 24, 2021
The impact of COVID-19 will ultimately hinge on how many of the Ravens, specifically defensive players who could be deemed high-risk close contacts, are traced back to Ferguson.