- The Washington Times - Monday, November 2, 2020

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey announced Monday on Twitter that he contracted the coronavirus after playing Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I got the Rona hopefully I’ll be back healthy soon,” Humphrey tweeted.

Humphrey had missed practice Wednesday due to an illness, according to the Ravens’ weekly injury report, but he returned as a full participant Thursday and played Sunday. Humphrey is the first player to test positive for Baltimore since training camp.

“We were informed early this morning that a Ravens player has tested positive for COVID-19. He immediately began to self-quarantine, and our organization is now in the NFL’s intensive protocol,” a statement from the Ravens said. “In coordination with the league, we have started the process of contact tracing and are following the guidelines of intensive protocol.”

Shortly after Humphrey tweeted that he had been infected, Steelers tight end Eric Ebron tweeted a photo of Humphrey tackling him in Sunday’s game with the caption: “this was not 6ft.”

In a statement, Pittsburgh said its Sunday test results had all come back negative, but the team would “follow the NFL’s intensive protocols and take precautionary measures at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex to ensure the safety of our players, coaches and staff remain our highest priority.”

With coronavirus spikes across the country, NFL teams are dealing with infections inside their own facilities. Denver defensive coordinator Ed Donatell tested positive over the weekend and missed Sunday’s game. Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday two Cardinals players tested positive, although the team will still hold practice Monday afternoon.

The Green Bay Packers opted to hold virtual meetings Monday after learning running back AJ Dillon tested positive. Dillon also played in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings, but it took about 18 hours for Sunday’s test results to come back, so the team didn’t know Dillon was positive at the time, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

That positive test puts Green Bay’s Thursday night game against San Francisco in question. The Packers are set to fly out in two days but will need to undergo contract tracing efforts in the meantime.


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