The Baltimore Ravens are stumbling down the home stretch of the 2021 NFL season, losing four straight to drop from first in the AFC East and in contention for the No. 1 seed in the AFC to eighth place in the conference and needing help to earn a playoff berth.
The Ravens issues have come as quarterback Lamar Jackson has dealt with an ankle injury. The team has played three straight without him and things only got worse in Week 16. Backup Tyler Huntley was a late addition to the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list that led to Josh Johnson getting the start in a critical road game against the Bengals.
COVID-19 has created numerous issues for the Ravens, primarily on the defensive side of the ball. They’re starting to get players back and the new league protocols should bring more players back these final two weeks. We’ll update this list as names come off and new names go on.
Ravens COVID-19 list
RB Justice Hill (Placed Sat, Dec 25)
TE Josh Oliver (Placed Thu, Dec 23)
S Ar’Darius Washington (Placed Tue, Dec 28)
NFL COVID-19 protocols
The NFL changed its policy on Tuesday, December 28 following the CDC’s adjustment. If unvaccinated, a player must miss a minimum of five days if a close contact or a positive test. If they have not shown symptoms for at least 24 hours at the end of that five days, they are eligible to be activated.
A vaccinated player does not need to quarantine if a close contact, but does if they test positive. A vaccinated player can test out sooner than the five days if he is asymptomatic for at least 24 hours by one of the following options:
- He receivers two BRL PCR test results that are either negative or produce Cycle Threshold (CT) values of 35 or greater; OR
- He receive one BRL PCR test result that is either negative or produces CT values of 35 or greater and a negative Mesa test result from a test taken within 24 hours of the BRL PCR test. Both tests can be taken at the same time or less than 24 hours apart; OR
- He receives two negative MESA tests 24 hours after the initial swab was taken, but can be taken concurrently provided it’s two separate new swabs.