Ravens lose 4 key defenders to COVID-19 list

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Sunday’s matchup in Ford Field between the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens just got a little more interesting. The Ravens will not bring four key defensive players, including three starters in the front seven.

Nose tackle Brandon Williams, defensive tackle Justin Madubuike and EDGEs Justin Houston and Jaylon Ferguson are all on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will not play in Week 3. Williams, Madubuike and Houston all start, and Ferguson is Houston’s primary backup.

Ferguson reportedly tested positive and the others are all deemed close contacts. Because they are on the reserve list, it means the other players are not vaccinated.

Houston was responsible for one of the Ravens’ three sacks on the season and the veteran was also playing well against the run. It’s a severe stress to the Ravens’ defensive depth. Remember, Baltimore has allowed more passing yards through the first two weeks than any other team and over 200 more yards through the air than the Lions did in Weeks 1-2.