Game on, but Wil­liams won’t be tak­ing part

DT on re­serve/COVID-19 list af­ter hav­ing close con­tact

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Daniel Oye­fusi and Jonas Shaf­fer

RAVENS

The Ravens placed start­ing de­fen­sive tackle Bran­don Wil­liams on the re­serve/COVID-19 list Sat­ur­day, one day be­fore a road game against the Philadel­phia Ea­gles.

Be­cause Wil­liams did not test pos­i­tive for the virus, ac­cord­ing to a source with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion, the game is still ex­pected to be played. Wil­liams was in close con­tact with an in­fected per­son, the source said, mean­ing he will miss Sun­day’s game.

Wil­liams is the first Ravens player to be placed on the re­serve/COVID-19 list since prac­tice squad safety Nigel War­rior was des­ig­nated in late July, as the team be­gan train­ing camp. Wil­liams did not par­tic­i­pate in Thurs­day’s prac­tice for what the team listed as non­in­jury-re­lated rea­sons. Ravens coach John Har­baugh said Wil­liams missed Fri­day’s prac­tice be­cause of a “per­sonal ex­cused ab­sence.”

Un­der NFL and NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pro­to­cols, play­ers who are ex­posed to any in­di­vid­ual con­firmed to have COVID-19 must iso­late for no fewer than five days be­fore re­turn­ing to team fa­cil­i­ties, re­gard­less of PCR test re­sults. Play­ers must test neg­a­tive for the coro­n­avirus each day dur­ing quar­an­tine and re­ceive ap­proval by Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, be­fore re­join­ing their teams.

A dozen NFL games have al­ready been post­poned this sea­son be­cause of COVIDre­lated sched­ul­ing ad­just­ments. The league bumped the Ravens’ Week 7 game against the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers to Week 8, when they were sched­uled to have their bye, af­ter an out­break among Ten­nessee Ti­tans play­ers and staff forced the reschedul­ing of the Ti­tans

KARL MERTON FER­RON/THE BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Ravens de­fen­sive tackle Bran­don Wil­liams will miss Sun­day’s game against the Ea­gles.

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