Game on, but Williams won’t be taking part
DT on reserve/COVID-19 list after having close contact
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
Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams will miss Sunday’s game against the Eagles.