Ravens punter Sam Koch not expected to play Sunday against Bengals

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Ravens punter Sam Koch not expected to play against Bengals originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Ravens likely won’t have punter Sam Koch on Sunday in Cincinnati, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Friday, which will put an end to Koch’s 239-game consecutive games streak, the longest in franchise history. 

Koch, who was placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list has been the team’s punter and holder every game since 2006, but now it appears that role will fall to Johnny Townsend, who the team signed Thursday. 

“I’m pretty sure (Koch is) going to be out based on the day count,” Harbaugh said. “So that’s the way I’m looking at it right now. I’m just assuming he’s not going to be there.”

Harbaugh didn’t specify whether Koch has tested positive or not but did say he expects him to be available after Sunday, should the Ravens advance to the playoffs. 

The Ravens can earn a playoff spot with a win over the Bengals, or a loss by either the Browns or the Colts. 

They’ll have to do so with a new punter and, perhaps more importantly, a new holder.

“It’s not hyperbole what Jerry (Rosburg) says about Sam’s holding ability,” Harbaugh said. “So it’s a big deal, and obviously the success just speaks for itself. But Johnny is a good holder. So we’ve seen him do it, up close. He did it again today. So we’re not worried about that part of it.”