The Baltimore Ravens underwent additional positive tests for COVID-19 on Wednesday, a source told ESPN, marking the fourth day of a coronavirus outbreak within the squad that led to the postponement of Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wednesday’s positive tests include a player, a source told ESPN.
As of Wednesday, the Ravens had seven players testing positive for COVID-19 or identified as close contacts. The Ravens’ coaching and support staff have also tested positive.
The team released a statement on Wednesday saying that an anonymous staff member has been sanctioned “for conduct surrounding recent cases of COVID-19 that have affected Ravens players and staff.”
The Ravens will now play the Steelers on Sunday (1:15 p.m. ET, NBC), as the NFL has decided to postpone the game to conduct more testing and contact tracing, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Wednesday.
Baltimore closed its facility Monday morning before reopening in the afternoon when the team arranged a visit. A day later, the Ravens shut down the facility again after more positive testing and conducted virtually all team activity, which they continue to do on Thursday.
The Ravens’ outbreak began hours after Sunday’s 30 to 24-hour overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans, when the team learned that running backs JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram had tested positive. Nose tackle Brandon Williams was subsequently identified as a high-risk close contact.
Information from Jamison Hensley of ESPN was used in this report.