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Baltimore Ravens place Brandon Williams on reserve/COVID-19 list one day before Eagles game

pennlive.com — Aaron Kasinitz pennlive.com

Oct. 17--The Baltimore Ravens placed defensive tackle Brandon Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, which is designated for players who test positive for the coronavirus or come into contact with an infected person.

Williams, a 330-pound run-stuffer, has not tested positive himself but was near a person who did, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. He’ll need to quarantine for up to five days as a precaution under the NFL’s new coronavirus guidelines.

That means Williams will not suit up for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s the first Ravens player to land on the COVID-19 list since undrafted rookie safety Nigel Warrior did so at the beginning of training camp. Warrior is now on Baltimore’s practice squad.

Williams did not practice with the Ravens on Thursday or Friday. He typically takes off Thursdays of each game week to rest, and coach John Harbaugh said Friday that Williams was excused from practice for personal reasons.

The Ravens ruled defensive end Derek Wolfe as doubtful to play Sunday with a concussion, and with Williams out of the fold, the team is likely to be missing two of its three starting defensive linemen for Sunday’s game. Rookies Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington and experienced backup Justin Ellis could take on large roles to make up for the absent veterans.

Friday, the Eagles placed offensive guard Matt Pryor on the COVID-19 list. The NFL has needed to postpone several games and shuffle the schedule in recent weeks as it navigates the challenge of playing a season during a pandemic.

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