The Ravens signed punter Johnny Townsend on Thursday afternoon, the team announced, which likely signals trouble for the availability of punter Sam Koch on Sunday against the Bengals.
Koch, the team’s holder and punter, was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday.
Townsend previously spent time with the Ravens in training camp, so the team is familiar with him in some regard. He hasn’t punted in a regular season game since 2018, when he was a member of the Raiders. Originally a Raiders draft choice, he’s spent time with the Giants and Chiefs as well.
“We’re still assessing the situation and we’re going to find out as we move forward,” special teams coordinator Chris Horton said Thursday. “We’re just going to prepare for the Bengals like we normally will. We understand that we’re about to face a team that’s really good on special teams. It’s a next man up mentality if we don’t have him, but we don’t know yet.”
Koch has punted for the Ravens in every game since 2006 and has played in a franchise-record 239 consecutive games.
If he’s unable to play, the Ravens will also need a new holder, which could be filled by tight end Mark Andrews, who did a bit of holding in training camp this year. The Ravens were mum on the possibilities, but said they’ve been preparing for all options.