Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, sources confirmed to ESPN.
The ruling NFL MVP is the biggest star player to become infected with what has become one of the biggest outbreaks in the NFL.
Jackson is among the four newest Ravens players and a staff member who scored positive on Thursday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Ravens now had at least a dozen players tested positive for coronavirus this week.
This latest round of positive tests could jeopardize Sunday’s match between the Ravens and the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, which has already been postponed since Thursday night. Ravens coach John Harbow told players they would not be allowed to return to the facility until Monday at the earliest in the interest of safety, a source said.
Baltimore comes down to two strong quarterbacks: reserve Robert Griffin III and team player Tyler Huntley. Quarterback No. 3 Trace McSorley is currently on the reserve / COVID-1
With Jackson’s quarantine for 10 days, Griffin will start the next two games if Sunday’s game is played in Pittsburgh. Baltimore then faced the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. Griffin, the best pick in the 2012 draft, has made just one start in the last four seasons.
“Pray for my brother [Jackson] and every player, staff member and their families who deal with COVID-19, “Griffin tweeted Thursday. Ensuring the safety of the entire organization is important. Dealing with this hearth in a team is bigger than football. “
According to a source, the Ravens believe Jackson was infected on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens lost to Tennessee 30-24 in overtime and were positive only on Thursday. Jackson took pictures from the center of Patrick McCarthy, who scored positive on Wednesday. Jackson’s day cupboard is close to that of starters JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram II, both with positive results on Sunday night.
Jackson’s loss dealt another blow to the NFL’s top-ranked fast attack. Jackson, along with Dobins and Ingram – who are already on the reserve list / COVID-19 – account for 74% of Baltimore’s total this season (1187 out of 1,605).
Jackson will officially enter the reserve / COVID-19 list on Friday. This marks the fifth consecutive day that Baltimore has tested positive.
The Ravens already have eight players on COVID-19’s reserve / roster: Ingram, Dobins, Mekari, defensive caps Calais Campbell and Jihad Ward, noses Brandon Williams, outside backer Pernell McPhee and offensive player Matt Skura.
It was a turbulent season for Jackson and the Ravens, one-time Super Bowl favorites in the preseason, who fell 6-4 after losing in three of their last four games.
A year after becoming the league’s second unanimous MVP, Jackson struggled to achieve the same success, especially in the passing game. His decline of 20.5 points in the total QBR from last season (best NFL 83.0) to this year (62.5) is the largest in the NFL. It ranks 22nd in passing yards (1,948) and 28th in degree of completion (63.4%).
Jackson has increasingly expressed disappointment this month, saying defenders are calling on offensive players to declare the Titans “wanted” [the win] more than us “last Sunday. His supporting lineup was also not as strong. The offensive line is constantly changing due to injuries and the wide receivers have already missed as many passes this season (six) as last year.
Jackson’s loss means that five starting seasons of the Baltimore attack will be either in an injured reserve (Ronnie Stanley left and Nick Boyle’s tight end) or in the reserve list / COVID-19 (Jackson, Skin and Ingram).
News of Jackson’s positive test was first reported by the NFL network.