Ravens & # 39; Lamar Jackson is reported to check optimistic for COVID-19


Lamar Jackson has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), it was reported on Thursday.

Sources told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that the Ravens quarterback and reigning NFL MVP had returned a positive test. No date of the test was reported, only that Jackson tested positive.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley followed up with his own report that Jackson tested positive.

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Jackson's reported positive test is the final bad news for Baltimore. The Ravens had postponed their Thanksgiving matchup against the Steelers after multiple positive tests surfaced, with Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins being the notable names. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the chances of the game being played on Sunday are "rapidly decreasing".

Per Schefter, Raven's head coach John Harbaugh will not let the players into the facility until Monday, so the game on Sunday remains doubtful.

Ravens & # 39; HC John Harbaugh has just confirmed to ESPN that he has told the team tonight that players will not be allowed to enter the training facility until Monday at the earliest.

– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter), November 27, 2020

The game has been postponed to 1:15 p.m. ET Sunday but the most recent round of test results clearly cast doubt on the matchup, with the results of subsequent tests likely being the deciding factor.

Pro Football Talk reported late Thursday that a decision on when the game will be played is expected on Friday.

The Ravens had several positive tests in the past few weeks and the organization decided to suspend an employee for "conduct regarding the recent COVID-19 positive cases that have affected players and staff". Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec reported Thursday that strength and conditioning coach Steve Saunders was the employee.

This story has been updated.


Melinda Martin