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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Ravens CB Chris Westree added to reserve/COVID-19 list, another blow to secondary

Ravens cornerback Chris Westery was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday and will miss Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, the latest blow to a secondary reeling from injuries and the coronavirus.

Westery, who has been limited in practice by a knee injury, has started two games this season and was expected to start the side with Anthony Everett as cornerback on Sunday. Starting safety Chuck Clark, who was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, will also be sidelined. The Ravens were already starting defenses for Dashon Elliott without starting Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters and with season-ending injuries.

The new absence outlines a Ravens secondary that should include quarterback Aaron Rodgers, wide receiver Davante Adams and a powerful Packers passing attack. With Everett and starting slot corner Tavan Young, the Ravens will have Jimmy Smith and Kevon Seymour and practice squad call-up Robert Jackson in their cornerback rotation. In safety, they will have starter Brandon Stephens; Protects Geno Stone and Anthony Levine Sr.; And the addition of the new practice squad was Tony Jefferson, a former starter in Baltimore, who was called up on Saturday.

According to Football Outsiders, only Everett, Young and Stephens have started games this season for the AFC north-leading Ravens, who have lost two straight games and finished 26th in Week 15 in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders. according. Meanwhile, Green Bay has the league’s second most efficient passing offense.

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On offense, where quarterback Lamar Jackson’s sprained ankle remains an issue, the Ravens promoted three practice squad linemen – tackle Jared Jones-Smith and David Sharpe and center Adam Redmond – to help bring their depth to the fore. to do. Left guard Ben Powers was ruled out of Sunday’s game with a leg injury. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva (knee) and right tackle Tyre Phillips (illness) missed practice on Thursday and Friday, and right tackle Patrick Macari (arm) was limited throughout the week with an arm injury.

The Ravens will also be without special teams coach TJ Weist, who tested positive for COVID-19 and will not coach against the Packers. Special teams coach Randy Brown will take over for Weist on Sunday and work alongside special teams coordinator Chris Horton.

Like Clark, Reserve Center Tristan Colon also remains in the Reserve / Kovid-19 list. As the NFL eased its return-to-play protocol this week amid leaguewide outbreaks, some designated players were eligible for activation if they tested negative.

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