Ravens lose four defensive players to COVID-19

Ravens lose four defensive players to COVID-19

Baltimore suffered a severe blow to its roster from the loss of a group led by Pro Bowl pass rusher Justin Houston

OWINGS MILLS – The defense of the Baltimore Ravens suddenly weakened after the team placed four players, including outside Pro Bowl linebacker, Justin houston, on the reservation list / COVID-19.

In addition to Houston, Baltimore placed outside linebacker Jaylon ferguson, the nose tackle Brandon williams and the defensive tackle Justin madubuike on the reservation list / COVID-19.

Ferguson tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, a source told ESPN. Houston, Williams and Madubuike were identified as high-risk close contactsadded a source.

Ferguson, a substitute who is in his third season, is the third player of the Ravens testing positive since the start of training camp at the end of July. The quarterback Lamar jackson and the corridor Gus Edwards they tested positive at the beginning of the camp and conducted a 10-day quarantine.

If you are fully vaccinated, Ferguson you would need two negative tests 24 hours apart to come back, as long as you are asymptomatic. If you are not vaccinated, Ferguson is subject to a mandatory quarantine 10 days.

For close contacts, NFL policies state that unvaccinated players must stay away from the team for five days. Vaccinated players do not have to do quarantine if they are close contacts.

The head coach of the RavensJohn Harbaugh said the vaccination rate for players was close to 90 percent at the start of training camp.

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When the Ravens face the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Baltimore will have two healthy outside linebackers (Odafe Oweh and Tyus bowser) and three active defensive linemen (Calais campbell, Justin ellis and Broderick washington).

On Friday, the Ravens they ruled out the defensive end Derek Wolfe (back / hip) and reported linebackers questionable Pernell McPhee (shoulder) and Daelin hayes (knee).

With Houston out, it is expected that Oweh start your first game in the NFL. OwehA rookie drafted in the first round of the draft, he was named Defensive Player of the Week in the American Conference after forcing and recovering a key fumble in Sunday’s 36-35 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Ravens can help fill the gap by calling outside linebacker Chris smith and the defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie of the practice team.

Baltimore he has allowed the second-most yards in the league after two games. However, the defense of the Ravens took a step forward late in his game against the Chiefs, forcing turnovers in two of the last two series.

Besides a hit defense, Baltimore will not have the left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) for the second week in a row. Jackson (illness) is reported as questionable, but is expected to start after participating in all of Friday’s practice.

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