Ravens Running Backs JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram Fly to Pittsburgh Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

Published 12/01/2020, 12:52 PM EST
Nov 22, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back JK Dobbins (27) scores a second quarter two point conversion against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports


After an extended delay, the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens game will finally be played on Wednesday night. The highly-anticipated clash between the AFC North big boys will be played at the Heinz Field.

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Headlines will tell you that Ravens quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson has been ruled out for this clash. The former Heisman Trophy winner was deemed to be in close contact with COVID-19 positive individuals and will not be eligible to play in Week 12.
However, there were 2 other Ravens players who are also facing a test against time to feature on Wednesday night.

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As per earlier reports, Baltimore Ravens running backs JK Dobbins and Mark Ingram had both tested COVID-19 positive over a week ago.
As per NFL COVID-19 protocols, both players needed to ‘self-isolate’ for 10 days. They needed to return 2 consecutive negative COVID-19 tests in order to be eligible for selection once again.
Had the Steelers vs Ravens game gone ahead on Thursday or Sunday as scheduled before, Dobbins and Ingram would not have been available for selection.

Dobbins and Ingram had their initial positive tests Nov. 22. Under NFL-NFLPA protocols, there's a mandatory 10-day isolation period. Today is Day 10, so they couldn't have played last Thursday … or Sunday … or tonight … but they are eligible to play tomorrow night.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 1, 2020

However, they can still make the 53-player gameday roster if they test negative twice ahead of tomorrow’s game.

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NFL insider Tom Pelissero confirmed the same in an earlier tweet today. The Ravens are in desperate need of a win as they push for a playoff spot.
They are 3rd in the AFC North Division table behind the unbeaten Steelers and the Baker Mayfield-led Cleveland Browns.
Coach John Harbaugh will be aware of the significance of tomorrow’s game. Can a Lamar Jackson-less Baltimore Ravens team put an end to the Steelers’ 10-game winning streak on Wednesday night? Tune in to find out.

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