Thursday began on a concerning note for the Ravens with the announcement that a player had tested positive for COVID-19 for the second straight week.
On injured reserve since suffering a season-ending knee injury in August, second-year cornerback Iman Marshall was placed on the reserve-COVID-19 list, but his positive test didn’t involve any “high-risk” contacts, meaning no other players were forced to isolate away from the team facility. It was quite a difference from last week when All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey’s positive test resulted in seven other defensive players needing to isolate during the practice week leading up to the win at Indianapolis. Humphrey was activated from the COVID list on Wednesday.
The newest positive test put the Ravens back in the NFL’s “intensive” protocol, which limits the number of people inside the Owings Mills training facility and leads to all meetings being held virtually. Marshall, a 2019 fourth-round pick from USC who appeared in three games as a rookie, immediately began to self-quarantine upon learning of his positive test, according to the organization.
As for Thursday’s practice, veteran running back Mark Ingram failed to participate just a day after making his return from the left ankle injury sustained against Philadelphia on Oct. 18. The 30-year-old worked on a limited basis Wednesday, but his inability to practice on consecutive days wouldn’t seem to bode well for his availability against New England on Sunday night.
Defensive end Calais Campbell (calf) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day. Campbell appears unlikely to play against the Patriots while Smith’s status should gain clarity on Friday. The veteran defensive back played in every defensive snap in the 24-10 win over the Colts.
Outside linebacker Matthew Judon practiced on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday’s workout due to a calf issue.
The Patriots were without top cornerback Stephon Gilmore (knee) after he returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday. The 2019 AP Defensive Player of the Year missed each of the last two games.
Below is Thursday’s full injury report:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Calais Campbell (calf), RB Mark Ingram (ankle), CB Jimmy Smith (ankle), DT Brandon Williams (non-injury)
FULL PARTICIPATION: ILB L.J. Fort (finger), OLB Matthew Judon (calf)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: S Terrence Brooks (illness), CB Stephon Gilmore (knee), CB Jonathan Jones (illness)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin), LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), DT Carl Davis (concussion), S Cody Davis (calf), DB Kyle Dugger (ankle), K Nick Folk (back), DT Lawrence Guy (shoulder, elbow, knee), RB Damien Harris (ankle, chest), WR N’Keal Harry (concussion), TE Ryan Izzo (hamstring), CB J.C. Jackson (knee), G Shaq Mason (calf), DE John Simon (elbow), RB J.J. Taylor (illness), G Joe Thuney (ankle), DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (knee, hand), OT Isaiah Wynn (ankle)