Ravens’ Jacksonhas virus
QB’s positive test jeopardizes Sunday’s matchup vs. Steelers
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Thursday, the latest player sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak that has imperiled Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ravens players were informed Thursday night of new positive tests for players, including Jackson and defensive end JihadWard, the source said. In a call, they were told that Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh, already postponed from its original Thanksgiving Day date, is increasingly unlikely to be played. An NFL spokesman said there has been no change in the game’s status.
The Ravens have placed eight players on the reserve/ COVID-19 list this week, and players were told that the team facility will remain closed until the team returns all negative tests. ESPN reported that four more Ravens players and one more staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.
Under coronavirus protocols, any player who returned a positive test taken after Monday would likely miss both the Steelers game and the Ravens’ next game, a Dec. 3 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Any players who returned positive tests would be unable to play unless they test negative twice at least 24 hours apart.
RobertGriffin III is the Ravens’ backup quarterback. Third-string quarterback
TraceMcSorley is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Ravens have not been allowed in the team facility since Monday, when coach
John Harbaugh announced that running backs Mark IngramII and J.K. Dobbins had tested positive for COVID-19.
Rams place Kiser on IL
LOS ANGELES— The Los Angeles Rams have placed leading tackler Micah Kiser on injured reserve.
The Rams’ starting middle linebacker will be sidelined for at least three weeks after the move made Thursday. Los Angeles (7-3) hosts San Francisco (4-6) on Sunday.
Kiser, who starred at UVA, injured his knee late in the Rams’ 27-24 victory at Tampa Bay last Monday night, coach SeanMcVay said. Kiser leads the team with 77 tackles, along with three passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Tight end Tyler Higbee
(elbow) and rookie linebacker Terrell Lewis (knee) also missed practice on Thanksgiving.
The Rams designated linebacker Ogbo Okoronkwo
(elbow) to return from injured reserve, but he is unlikely to play this weekend.
Dolphins expect Tagovailoa to play
MIAMI— Tua Tagovailoa’s sore thumb was better Thursday, and Dolphins coach
Brian Flores expressed optimism his rookie quarterback will be able to play Sunday against the Jets.
Tagovailoa hurt the thumb on his throwing hand in practice and was limited in practice for the second day in a row.
Tagovailoa was sacked six times before being pulled in the fourth quarter of the Dolphins’ loss last weekend at Denver, but he remains the No. 1 quarterback ahead of veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Darnold on track to start
NEW YORK— SamDarnold was a full participant at practice Thursday, putting the Jets quarterback on track to start against the Dolphins.
Darnold missed the 0-10 Jets’ past two games with a shoulder injury, his second since October. He had been working in an interval throwing program since last week and was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.
Falcons: For the third time this season, Atlanta shut down its facilities after two positive COVID-19 test of non-coaching staff members.
The team will work virtually, and the game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday is still on at this time.
The Falcons consulted with NFL medical officials. The Falcons had a shutdown on the Friday before playing Denver on Nov. 8.
Browns: Cleveland placed defensive end Porter Gustin on the reserve/COVID-19 list, further weakening a group already missing star Myles Garrett and the latest move for a Browns team hit hard by the virus in recent weeks.
Gustin’s positive test forced the Browns to close their facility for the third day in a row. Gustin joins Garrett, defensive end Joe Jackson, starting linebacker Sione Takitaki and fullback Andy Janovich on the COVID/reserve list.
Packers: Green Bay defensive lineman Montravius Adams is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a toe injury.
The Packers placed Adams on injured reserve, a move that requires him to sit out at least three games.
Broncos: Denver No. 3 quarterback Jeff Driskel was placed on the COVID-19 list, but contact tracing showed starter DrewLock and the Broncos’ other QBs weren’t in danger of infection.
It’s not known if Driskel was placed on the COVID-19 list for a virus infection or for being in close contact with an infected individual.