WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Baltimore Raven’s star quarterback Lamar Jackson got hold of the coronavirus the second time around.
- Running back Gus Edwards also tested positive.
- With only 17 days left for the Raven’s first preseason game, Jackson and Edwards are unlikely to join the field.
Baltimore Raven’s star quarterback Lamar Jackson got hold of the coronavirus the second time around, eight months after his first battle with the deadly virus.
Coach John Harbaugh made such announcement after Jackson missed their team’s first training camp on Wednesday. Worse, running back Gus Edwards also failed to show up because he was diagnosed with COVID-19 virus too.
“It’s just part of the deal. It’s just the way the world is right now,” Coach Harbaugh said. “We have 90 percent vaccinated, and I think we’re going to go above that, too, real soon here. So, we’re in really great shape with the vaccinations.”
Coach Harbaugh, however, did not go into further details as to how long either player will be out.
According to NFL rules, unvaccinated players who will test positive for the coronavirus must isolate for 10 days minimum, depending on their symptoms. Meanwhile, vaccinated players are subject for testing once in 14 days.
Jackson happens to be unvaccinated, which requires him to be tested for COVID-19 every day.
Coach Harbaugh said that Jackson complied with the regular testing protocol. He got negative results for five days, until Tuesday where he tested positive.
With only 17 days left for the Raven’s first preseason game, Jackson and Edwards are unlikely to join the field.
“It’s no different than if somebody gets an injury — you tweak an ankle and you’re out for some number of days,” Coach Harbaugh said. “It’s just part of football. To me, whenever you have a problem or whenever something comes up like that, you embrace it and you almost kind of rejoice in it because it’s an opportunity to improve somewhere else.”
Jackson has yet to address the issue publicly.