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Saturday, January 22, 2022

CB Ravens Chris Westry Added To Reserve / COVID-19 List, Another Hit To Minor

Ravens cornerback Chris Westry was placed on the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Saturday and will miss Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, the final blow to the secondary reel due to injuries and coronavirus.

Westry, who has been restricted from training with a knee injury, has started two games this season and is expected to play against Anthony Averett as the team’s starting full-backs on Sunday. Starting quarterback Chuck Clark, who was added to the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Thursday, will also be removed. The Ravens no longer had starting defenders Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, and starting defender DeShawn Elliot, due to late-season injuries.

The new absence undermines the Ravens ‘secondary role, which should include quarterback Aaron Rogers, wide receiver Davante Adams, and the Packers’ powerful passing attack. Along with Averett and corner starter Tavon Young, the Ravens will have reserves Jimmy Smith and Kewon Seymour as well as team Robert Jackson’s training challenge in the full-back rotation. They’ll have starter Brandon Stevens safe; reserves Geno Stone and Anthony Levine Sr.; and the addition of a new training squad, Tony Jefferson, a former Baltimore starter who was called up on Saturday.

According to Football Outsiders, only Averett, Young and Stevens have started this season with the leading AFC North Ravens, who lost two games in a row and advanced in week 15, finishing 26th in the NFL for passing defense. Meanwhile, Green Bay has the second highest scoring run in the league.

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On offense, where quarterback Lamar Jackson’s ankle sprain remains an issue, the Ravens have been promoted to three linemen on the training team – intercepting Jared Jones-Smith and David Sharp and center Adam Redmond – to help them take the lead. Left-back Ben Powers has already been eliminated from Sunday’s game with a leg injury. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva (knee) and right tackle Tyr Phillips (illness) missed training on Thursday and Friday, while right tackle Patrick Mecari (arm) was restricted all week due to an arm injury.

Ravens will also not have Special Team Coach T.J. Weist, who has tested positive for COVID-19, and will not train against the Packers. Special teams coach Randy Brown will replace Weist on Sunday and will work alongside Special Team Coordinator Chris Horton.

Like Clark, Tristan Colon Reserve also remains on the list of reserves / COVID-19. As the NFL streamlined its back-to-play protocols this week amid league-wide outbreaks, some designated players were eligible for activation in the event of a negative test.

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