The Baltimore Ravens placed quarterback Tyler Huntley on the COVID-19 list on Saturday, running out of their top two quarterbacks for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati, for the first place in the AL North.
Lamar Jackson missed last week’s game with a sprained ankle, and the Ravens just announced that the star will not be able to travel with the team.
Huntley had played well for Jackson during the previous weekend’s game, a loss to Green Bay. Now, Josh Johnson remains as the best alternative in the position for the team.
The Ravens signed Johnson, 35, before last week’s game. He appeared in three games early in the season with the New York Jets.
The Ravens have suffered blow after blow since running backs JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards were sidelined for the rest of the season with knee injuries before even playing their first games of the year.
There are more than a dozen Baltimore players on the disabled list and several more on the COVID-19 list.
The Ravens (8-6) have managed to retain the top spot in the North Division, at least on a shared basis, throughout the season. But if they fall to the Bengals (8-6), they will be ousted.
Baltimore activated quarterback Kenji Bahar, a member of the practice team.
Cincinnati got cornerback Chidobe Awuzie back from the COVID-19 list, but also had to put two members of the defensive line, DJ Reader and Wyatt Ray, into that protocol.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni has passed the NFL’s COVID-19 testing protocols and may be on the bench for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
The team said Sirianni returned to the team’s facility on Saturday.
The Eagles (7-7) hope to secure their playoff spot with a strong season finale. They have two consecutive wins and have won four of five games.
Robert Saleh, coach of the New York Jets, was ruled out for the commitment against the Jaguars, because he did not meet the requirements to leave the coronavirus protocols.
Tight ends coach Ron Middleton will take over from Saleh, who tested positive Wednesday and was due to have two negative results by Saturday afternoon in order for his return to be authorized.
The strategist is quarantined in a hotel and has made videoconferences with the team.
Veteran Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth made the COVID-19 roster.
Whitworth, 40, in his fifth year with the team, is a key player for Los Angeles’ powerful offense. A four-time Pro Bowl pick, he has made 13 of 14 meetings this season with the Rams.
Los Angeles (10-4) is tied with Arizona in the NFC West before facing Minnesota on Sunday. The Rams have three wins in a row.
The Chargers, the other Los Angeles team, will not have Austin Ekeler to face Houston on Sunday. The runner tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday according to a message he posted on Instagram.
In their game Saturday against Cleveland, the Packers do not have cornerback Kevin King, nor linebacker of the team of practices La’Darius Hamilton, who entered the list of COVID-19.
For Saturday night’s game, the Colts took a heavy hit when 2020 All-Pro selected linebacker Darius Leonard made the roster. Leonard has been their leader since winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2018. Indianapolis will also not have safety Khari Willis or wide receiver Zach Pascal against Arizona.