Lamar Jackson, Ravens Quarterback, Is Said to Test Positive for Coronavirus


Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback and the National Football League’s reigning Most Valuable Player, on Thursday became the highest-profile player to test positive for the coronavirus as an outbreak of cases spread to more than a dozen players on the team, according to several media outlets.

The cluster of new cases threatened to upend the team’s next game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, an A.F.C. North matchup that the league had already moved to Sunday afternoon from Thanksgiving night.

The league said on Thursday night that the game would still be played Sunday. But if not, it could create a cascade effect for the league’s schedule makers, who had already shifted more than a dozen games so far this season because of the virus and appear to have little wiggle room in the 16-game schedule for further postponements.

The N.F.L. Network reported that Jackson, 23, whom the team selected in the first round of the 2018 draft, had tested positive for the virus.


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