Ravens activate three more players off Reserve/COVID-19 List
The Baltimore Ravens are getting more of their starters and other key players back by the day since they got a handle on the outbreak of COVID-19 within the organization that landed nearly two dozen players on the Reserve/COVID List.
A day after activating rookie running back J.K. Dobbins, veteran outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, and offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura, they activated three more players off the list.
Four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell, three-time Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram and veteran edge defender Jihad Ward are available and are expected to play against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13 after missing the team’s Week 12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Wednesday.
Campbell has been out with a calf strain he suffered against the Indianapolis Colts, and his presence has been missed. In just his first season with the team, he has established himself as one of the foremost leaders on defense and the team overall.
He is one of the most complete and dominant defenders in the league with the way he excels as both pass rusher and run stuffer is tied for the second-most sacks on the team with four despite missing the last three games. Campbell has also recorded 24 total tackles, six tackles for loss, and has the sixth most passes defended.
The presence of both Campbell and veteran nose tackle Brandon Williams, who returned to practice on Friday after missing the last two games with an ankle injury, has been sorely missed and have been major contributing factors to the Ravens’ three-game skid.
While Ingram has averaged a healthy 4.1 yards per carry this season, he only has 232 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in eight games. He missed two games after suffering a high ankle but even before he returned to action, Dobbins was carving out a larger role for himself in the offense each week.
Ward played the first six games of the season and had 12 tackles, two quarterback hits, and a sack. He has not appeared in a game since Oct. 18 against the Philadelphia Eagles but has been a key part of the defensive line and outside linebacker rotation when he’s been active.
The Ravens now have 10 players remaining on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.