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Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew II Out vs. Steelers with Thumb Injury



Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II, who was listed as questionable to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday with a thumb injury, will not dress, the team announced on Sunday.

Minshew has missed Jacksonville’s last two games with a strained ligament and multiple fractures in his right, throwing thumb. The 24-year-old second-year passer has 1,855 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in seven starts with the Jaguars this season.

He’ll be replaced by sixth-round rookie Jake Luton, who started each of the last two games. Luton has thrown for 473 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in losses to Houston and Green Bay over the last two weeks.

Luton was the 189th overall selection in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Oregon State, where he threw for over 5,000 yards in three seasons. Luton will be backed up by veteran Mike Glennon.

Additionally, questionable cornerback Sidney Jones IV (Achilles) will also miss Sunday’s game while questionable and wide receiver Collin Johnson (hamstring) is dressed. Jones joins fellow starter CJ Henderson, who is on injured reserve, as Jaguars cornerbacks that will not face the Steelers. Tre Herndon and either fourth-round pick Josiah Scott or undrafted rookie Luq Barcoo should be expected to start.

Jacksonville is also without wide receiver Laviska Shenault (hamstring) and tight end James O’Shaughnessy (knee). The Jaguars’ healthy scratches are linebacker Quincy Jones, tackle KC McDermott and tight end Tyler Davis.

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Ravens RBs J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram Could Return with Game Pushed to Wednesday



Baltimore Ravens running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram are eligible to be able to be removed from the COVID-19 reserve list in time to play in the team’s Wednesday game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and are expected to be activated according to a report by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Dobbins and Ingram were originally placed on the COVID-19 reserve list after testing positive on Sunday, Nov. 22. Their 10-day isolation period will end on Wednesday.

Players that test positive and are symptomatic must sit out at least 10 days and be clear of symptoms before returning.

Quarterback Trace McSorley and nose tackle Brandon Williams could also potentially be eligible to return from the list, a well as any players that were added as close contacts.

Baltimore is still expected to be without at least a dozen players, including starting quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Steelers will likely be without defensive end Stephon Tuitt and running back James Conner.

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Report: One Additional Ravens Player Tested Positive for COVID-19 on Monday



The Baltimore Ravens had one additional player test positive for COVID-19 on Monday, but the player is on the injured reserve and has not been in close contact with his teammates, according to a report by Dan Graziano of ESPN.

Baltimore will re-open its team facility Monday evening and could hold a practice before traveling to Pittsburgh for the scheduled game with the Steelers either late Monday night or Tuesday morning.

The positive test was the ninth consecutive day with a positive test for Baltimore. The team has 23 players on the COVID-19 reserve list.

There is also a possibility that the game could be postponed once again, according to a report by Jeff Zrebiec of the The Athletic, who said that the game being pushed back to Wednesday night is still being considered.

The NFL has not had a game played that late in a week, and it’s not clear what kind of fallout it would result in when it comes to Pittsburgh’s Week 13 game against Washington currently scheduled for Sunday at Heinz Field.

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Ravens Cancelled Practice Monday While Waiting for Test Results



The Tuesday night game scheduled between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers hangs in the balance as the Ravens await their latest round of testing results.

The Ravens cancelled their scheduled practice on Monday after more positive tests came back on Sunday, including starting wide receiver Willie Snead. They could still practice this evening after getting test results back, which have typically come in around 5 p.m.

They could also practice Tuesday morning before traveling to Pittsburgh for the night game, though snow in the forecast could throw a wrench in the idea of traveling on the day of the game. They could also travel to Pittsburgh Tuesday morning and practice at Heinz Field early before the game.

If more Baltimore players test positive on Monday, which would be the team’s ninth consecutive day of positive cases, that could be a body blow for the chances of Tuesday’s game being played.

The Steelers, not without COVID-19 issues of their own, are expected to hold a walkthrough on Monday after getting no new positive tests on Sunday. One Steelers player and two staff members tested positive on Saturday and four other players are on the COVID-19 list.

The Ravens currently have 23 players on the COVID-19 list, including starters at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line, and linebacker.

Kickoff is currently scheduled for 8 p.m. at Heinz Field on Tuesday.

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