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Virus affects Baltimore Ravens in more than just their schedule snafus

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, center, tries to slip away from Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, right, in the second half on Nov. 1 in Baltimore. (AP file photo)

With reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson under quarantine as part of an outbreak of COVID-19 that has ravaged the Baltimore Ravens, the team has turned its focus from breaking out of a slump to simply getting healthy and back to practice.

The Ravens have more than a dozen players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and their training facility is closed to prevent the spread of the virus. Jackson tested positive this week and will not play against the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday night, a game originally scheduled for Thanksgiving and postponed to Sunday before the NFL moved the game again.

The makeup for the makeup will be held at 8 p.m. ET and telecast nationally by NBC.

With that game moving to Tuesday, Baltimore’s game against Dallas, scheduled for Thursday, will instead be played at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, and telecast by FOX/NFL Net/Amazon.

“We appreciate the efforts of the NFL and Pittsburgh Steelers throughout this process, while we all work to create an environment that keeps the health and safety of everyone involved at the forefront of each decision,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Our organization has a plan in place, and we will be prepared to play the Steelers.”

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins runs during the first half against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in Baltimore. (AP photo)

Baltimore (6-4) will be decidedly short-handed against Pittsburgh (10-0).

Jackson, fullback Patrick Ricard, defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, and long snapper Morgan Cox were added to the COVID-19 list on Monday. They join quarterback Trace McSorley; running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins; defensive linemen Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams and Jihad Ward; linebacker Pernell McPhee; and centers Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura.

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