OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed the first official day of training camp after testing positive for COVID-19.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said the former MVP, who had reported to the team facility last week, tested negative until Tuesday.
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Jackson could miss multiple days of practice. He is the second Raven in as many days to come down with a positive test.
Running back Gus Edwards is also currently sidelined with the virus.
"I can tell you generally, we’re doing really well in terms of vaccinations and in terms of positive tests. Beyond that, we have no other positive tests. Even Lamar [Jackson] tested negative up until," said Harbaugh. "So, it’s just part of the deal. It’s just the way the world is right now. We have 90% vaccinated, and I think we’re going to go above that, too, real soon here. We’re in really great shape for the vaccinations. So, that’s where we’re at with that."
For Jackson, it's his second bout with COVID-19.
Last November he tested positive and was forced to miss a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Several other Ravens contracted the virus at the time, causing some games to be postponed and rescheduled.
Wide receiver Marquise Brown is one of Jackson's closes friends on the team.
"I trust every man in the building to take care of one another. When hiccups like this happen, all we can do is rally around that guy, send our prayers and send our support. Hopefully, he’ll be back very soon," he said.
The NFL has indicated it won't be so accommodating this upcoming season. They recently put teams on notice that similar situations could result in game forfeitures.