The Baltimore Ravens will return to practice Friday after three straight losses and one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in sports that has left their roster riddled with questions. No matter. Oddsmakers still seem to think they’ll handle the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday night.
The Ravens opened as 7- or 7.5-point favorites over the Cowboys in most sportsbooks, according to VegasInsider.com.
As of now, we don’t know what Baltimore’s depth chart will look like when the game arrives. The Ravens, losers of three straight games, began Friday with 17 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, and 11 other players appeared on the latest injury report.
While there’s hope Jackson and a slew of other players could return from the COVID list before Tuesday’s game, coach John Harbaugh said each individual’s timeline could change based on medical decisions. The list is designed to house players who tested positive for the coronavirus or must isolate themselves because of a high-risk encounter with an infected person.
NFL rules dictate players must sit out at least 10 days after learning of a positive test. Symptoms or other factors could delay their return, and some players across the league have experienced serious health complications related to a COVID-19 infection that ended their seasons.
So, for now, it’s difficult to tell who Baltimore (6-5) will have available for the game. Third-string quarterback Trace McSorley is expected to take first-team repetitions in practice with Jackson in quarantine and backup Robert Griffin III nursing a hamstring injury.
Dallas (3-8) faces a less complex roster situation, but injuries throughout the season wreaked havoc on their hopes of contending for a title. Quarterback Dak Prescott’s season-ending ankle dislocation in Week 5 turned the tide of the Cowboys’ campaign, and the team has lost five of six games.
On Thanksgiving, Dallas suffered a 41-16 loss to Washington.
It appears gambling experts view what’s known about the Cowboys as worse than the unknowns surrounding the Ravens.
Aaron Kasinitz covers the Baltimore Ravens for PennLive and can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @AaronKazreports. Follow PennLive’s Ravens coverage on Facebook and YouTube.
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