Baltimore Ravens place Brandon Williams on reserve/COVID-19 record

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens beginning nostril deal with Brandon Williams was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 record on Saturday.

Williams was positioned on the record after coming in shut contact with somebody who has COVID-19, a supply confirmed to ESPN. He didn’t take a look at optimistic, the supply mentioned. Per NFL/NFLPA protocol, Williams should isolate for 5 days after the preliminary publicity.

The Ravens, who made the journey to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, are actually anticipated to be with out two beginning defensive linemen for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Eagles. Defensive finish Derek Wolfe (neck/concussion) is listed as uncertain.

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Williams has been a key determine within the Ravens’ run protection. With him within the lineup since 2017 (47 video games), Baltimore has held groups to 87.2 yards dashing per recreation and three.9 yards per carry. In six video games with out Williams over that span, the Ravens have given up 160.three yards dashing per recreation and 4.6 yards per carry.

Williams didn’t observe Thursday and Friday for non-injury associated causes. After Friday’s observe, coach John Harbaugh mentioned Williams had “a private excused absence.”

On Thursday and Friday, Ravens gamers have been noticed sporting masks whereas strolling out to the observe area, which isn’t one thing they beforehand did.

When requested a little bit over two weeks in the past about what it would take to keep away from COVID-19, Williams mentioned: “Do as a lot as you probably can to guard you and the household and the individuals that you simply love. Generally in case you catch it, you catch it. Generally, it simply is what it’s and it is inevitable.”

Justin Ellis is anticipated to interchange Williams and make his first begin since 2018. Jihad Ward or Justin Madubuike might fill in for Wolfe.

Williams turns into solely the second Ravens participant to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 record and the primary since coaching camp formally began.

The Ravens’ protection at the moment leads the NFL in fewest factors allowed, giving up 15.2 factors per recreation.

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