COVID-19 has sacked another star quarterback. Cam Newton‘s comeback season was slowed down by COVID-19 and now Lamar Jackson, on the cusp of the Ravens’ most pivotal game of the year, has contracted the virus and will be missing a crucial two-game stretch a the Ravens fight for playoff position.
Jackson is among the four latest Ravens players and one staff member to test positive on Thursday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Ravens now have had at least a dozen players test positive for the coronavirus this week. This latest round of positive tests could threaten Sunday’s game between the Ravens and the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, which already was postponed from Thursday night.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh told players that they would not be allowed back to the team facility until Monday at the earliest in the interest of safety, a source said.
Baltimore is down to two healthy quarterbacks. With Jackson quarantining for 10 days, journeyman Robert Griffin III would start the next two games, if Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh is played. Baltimore then faces the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.
The Steelers complained about not being able to stay on schedule and play on Thanksgiving. Now they are finding out that patience is a virtue and because of the debilitating effects of the coronavirus pandemics, they won’t have to face one of the NFL’s most dangerous weapons and the most talented player on the Baltimore Ravens.