The Baltimore Ravens have placed OLB Justin Houston and three other players on the COVID-19 list.

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The Baltimore Ravens have placed OLB Justin Houston and three other players on the COVID-19 list.

The Baltimore Ravens placed four defensive players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday, including Pro Bowl outside linebacker Justin Houston.

The Ravens have added outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, nose tackle Brandon Williams, and defensive lineman Justin Madubuike to the COVID-19 list, joining Houston.

Ferguson tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, league sources informed ESPN and NFL Media. Houston, Williams, and Madubuike were rated high-risk close contacts, according to the publications.

Ferguson would need two negative test results 24 hours apart if fully vaccinated to return, as long as he is asymptomatic. He must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days if he is not immunized.

Unvaccinated athletes who are classified as high-risk close contacts must be away from the squad for five days under the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. If they are a close touch, vaccinated players do not need to quarantine.

For Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, the Ravens will only have two healthy outside linebackers – Odafe Oweh and Tyus Bowser – and three active defensive lineman – Calais Campbell, Justin Ellis, and Broderick Washington.

The Ravens had already declared defensive end Derek Wolfe (back/hip) out and classified outside linebackers Pernell McPhee (shoulder) and Daelin Hayes (knee) as questionable earlier in the day.

Before Sunday’s game, Baltimore could call up outside linebacker Chris Smith and defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie from the practice squad.

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