Ravens All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey on Monday announced he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Humphrey missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness but returned to practice Thursday and Friday and played in Sunday’s 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A team spokesperson confirmed that Humphrey tested positive. The Ravens released a statement, saying, “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.
“In coordination with the league, we have started the process of contact tracing and are following the guidelines of intensive protocol. The health and safety of our players, staff and community continue to be our highest priority. We will continue to work closely with the NFL and our team doctors and will follow their guidance.”
Humphrey is the first Ravens player to test positive for the coronavirus since the start of the 2020 regular season. The Ravens placed practice-squad safety Nigel Warrior on the reserve/COVID-19 list in late July as training camp opened. The team also placed defensive tackle Brandon Williams on the reserve list one day before its Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Williams did not test positive for COVID-19 and was activated from the reserve list the following week.
The reserve/COVID-19 list was created for players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have been exposed to someone who tested positive.
The Ravens will have to place Humphrey on the reserve list and will be eligible to replace him on the 53-man roster. If Humphrey is asymptomatic, he can return after 10 days have passed since the initial positive test or after five days have passed since the initial positive test and the player receives 2 straight negative PCR virus tests at least 24 hours apart.
If Humphrey is symptomatic, he can return after at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and at least 72 hours have passed since he last experienced symptoms.
The Steelers on Monday announced that all their test results from Sunday came back negative. The NFL and the NFL Players’ Association have been utilizing daily testing for players since training camp opened and agreed to game-day testing starting Week 6.
If Humphrey is unable to return for the team’s upcoming road game against the Indianapolis Colts, it would be another blow to a secondary that entered the season as arguably one of the league’s best. The team lost top slot cornerback Tavon Young to a season-ending ACL injury in Week 2 and Humphrey has since slid back into the nickel position.
Cornerback Anthony Averett is on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury but is expected to return in a few weeks. Second-year player Iman Marshall suffered a season-ending knee injury in training camp. Jimmy Smith has played in a hybrid defensive back role and would likely shift back to a permanent outside corner role if Humphrey is sidelined.
Undrafted rookie Khalil Dorsey is on the active roster but has mainly played on special teams. Second-year corner Terrell Bonds was promoted from the practice squad for Sunday’s game and played 17 snaps but struggled at times in coverage.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh will speak to reporters at his weekly news conference Monday afternoon.
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