NFL to punish teams whose unvaccinated players cause outbreaks
USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones breaks down the NFL’s COVID-19 outbreak protocols this season.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens kicked off their first training camp practice Wednesday without franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson after the fourth-year pro was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.
Coach John Harbaugh confirmed after practice that Jackson, along with running back Gus Edwards, had tested positive for COVID-19.
“Those two guys will be put in the protocol, and that’s really the extent that we can comment on those two guys at this time,” Harbaugh said.
It’s unclear how long Jackson will be sidelined.
Vaccinated individuals who test positive and are asymptomatic can return to duty after two negative tests taken 24 hours apart. Unvaccinated individuals must first quarantine for 10 days and test negative before receiving clearance.
Jackson has declined to say whether he has been vaccinated.
“Just like everyone in society, it’s their decision, keeping that to themselves,” Jackson said in June. “But I feel we do a great job here of taking the vaccine, staying away from COVID, following the right preparation and stuff like that, staying away from the outside to the people that are attracting it.”
Jackson tested positive for COVID-19 last November and missed the Ravens’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.