OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens put six players on their reserve / COVID-19 list on Saturday, leading some to wonder if they are a competitive team for Tuesday's game against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers can set up.
Amid one of the sport's biggest outbreaks, the Ravens put 18 players on the reserve / COVID-19 list this week, including reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson. According to a source, Baltimore has had seven consecutive days with at least one positive test, including at least one on Saturday.
The Ravens have a total of 20 players on the Reserve / COVID-19 list, with quarterback Trace McSorley and injured cornerback Iman Marshall on the list since before this week.
The coronavirus has decimated Baltimore's roster to the point where the Ravens have two quarterbacks, six offensive linemen, and three defensive linemen on their current active and training squads. Baltimore has 52 available players – 38 on its 53-man roster and 14 on the training team.
"We are in the middle of a process, but we are built for it!" Raven's broad receiver Willie Snead IV tweeted. "Keep pressing."
On Saturday, the six players on the Reserve / COVID-19 list were: linebacker Jaylon Ferguson; offensive linemen D.J. Fluker and Will Holden; Defense Attorney Broderick Washington; and injured cornerbacks Khalil Dorsey and Tavon Young.
The Ravens (6-4), who have lost three of their last four games, will face the Steelers and Dallas Cowboys over the next nine days.
The Baltimore outbreak has already resulted in the Ravens week 12 game against the Steelers being postponed twice to Tuesday and the week 13 game against the Cowboys being postponed to December 7th.
With many players on Baltimore's Reserve / COVID list subject to quarantine for 10 days, the chances are the majority of those players, including Jackson, could play against the Cowboys.
The ravens have not been on the practice field since Tuesday when their facility closed for lunch. All activities have been virtual since then.
The 18 players added to the Ravens reserve / COVID-19 list this week have made 66 starts and 3,918 snaps this season.
"Corona is unstoppable everywhere, lol," tweeted Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.