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Report: Lamar Jackson tests positive for COVID-19


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The COVID-19 outbreak within the Baltimore Ravens' organization just continues to get worse. Ravens' quarterback Lamar Jackson reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.


Jackson is the eighth Ravens' player in the last week to test positive for the virus. Prior to Jackson testing positive, Baltimore placed eight players on the reserve/COVID-19 list since Monday -- running back Mark Ingram, running back J.K. Dobbins, nose tackle Brandon Williams (close contact), outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, defensive end Calais Campbell, offensive lineman Matt Skura, offensive lineman Patrick Mekari and defensive end Jihad Ward.


Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback for the Ravens in place of Jackson on Sunday against the Steelers at Heinz Field. Kickoff is at 1:15 p.m. and the game will air on NBC after being postponed from its originally scheduled time at 8:25 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26 due to the COVID-19 outbreak within the Ravens' organization.


Yesterday it was reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network that the Ravens disciplined a strength and conditioning coach for not reporting symptoms and not consistently wearing a mask or tracking device, which may have contributed to the team's rash of COVID-19 cases.


Today, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reported that the staff member currently suspended by the Ravens is head strength and conditioning coach Steve Saunders.


Four more Ravens’ players and one more staff member have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Schefter says the game Sunday is still on for now, but chances of it being played are diminishing quickly.


Schefter also reported that Ravens players were told today by John Harbaugh that, for everyone’s safety, they will not be allowed back in the training facility until Monday at the earliest.


The NFL continues to monitor developments, but as of now, there's no change to the status of the Steelers-Ravens game scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, according to Pelissero.

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