BALTIMORE, Md. — The Ravens are rolling with the punches and trying to stay fit as the coronavirus pandemic pushes them inside and away from their teammates.
"[I'm] getting in my garage workouts, just staying active in the house, not just sitting around," said safety Chuck Clark.
"You got to go back to the basics. I’ve got basically a prison workout back in my backyard with a bench and weights," added tight end Mark Andrews.
No jail cell for Andrews but, like all of us, he is semi-confined to his home. And as a type one diabetic he is taking every precaution to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak.
"The word right now is that there is not too much more of a danger for me than anybody else," he said. "Just like everybody else, I’m staying smart. I’m staying inside. I’m social distancing."
Andrews and Clark spoke on a conference call Tuesday. Among other things, Andrews shared his thoughts on the trade of his fellow tight end and buddy Hayden Hurst to the Falcons. He said he felt sad about it, it came as a shock and he's looking forward to seeing Hurst get a bigger role.
"I’m excited for him to get more of an opportunity with Atlanta. I know that he’s going to thrive there," said Andrews.
Clark is fresh off signing a three-year contract extension. He is on-board with the recent additions of defensive ends Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe.
"It looks like we’re working to stop the run up front as we’re bringing some big guys in. So, I like it a lot," he said.
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When Clark, Andrews and the rest of their teammates will get back on the field together, that’s up in the air.
The thought of the coronavirus affecting the 2020 regular season has crossed their minds.
"There’s so much uncertainty during this time. You look ahead and you ask yourself, ‘Is there going to be a football season?’ I don’t think anybody knows," said Andrews. "It’s about focusing on family right now and listening to all of your health officials, knowing that everybody is in this together. Everyone is going to help fight this virus together. So that’s where our minds are going to be at right now."