Ravens reopen facility after multiple positive COVID-19 tests including Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins

Liz Roscher
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The Baltimore Ravens have reopened their facility after multiple positive COVID-19 cases in the organization forced it to close earlier Monday.

Head coach John Harbaugh announced that the facility had reopened Monday afternoon while confirming that running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins had tested positive for COVID-19. Defensive tackle Brandon Williams will also go on the COVID-19/reserve list as a close contact.

“We're meeting and working today and getting ready for the Steelers,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh’s announcement arrived hours after the team announced that it was closing facilities and conducting contact tracing.

Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic initially reported that the Ravens have as many as four positive tests, which are split among players and staff.

A team closing its facility due to a positive COVID-19 test has become a regular occurrence in the NFL this season, but the upcoming holiday complicates things. The Ravens play on Thursday night in the closing game of the NFL’s annual Thanksgiving triple-header. They were already dealing with a condensed time frame to prepare, and closing the facility means there can be no in-person prep Monday. That leaves the Ravens two full days, plus Thanksgiving itself, to get ready.

FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 15: Ravens helmets on the turf in warm up before a game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens on November 15, 2020, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Ravens have closed their facility after several employees tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

And boy, will they need to get ready. With the Steelers awaiting Thursday night, a difficult situation is now on the edge of turning comically bad. The Steelers are 10-0 while the Ravens are 6-4 and coming off a difficult loss to the Tennessee Titans, so they’ll need every second of preparation time they can get. Unfortunately, they’ll get significantly less with the facility closed.

As of Monday afternoon, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Ravens-Steelers game is still scheduled for Thursday.

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