Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19 a second time. After reports that Jackson was absent from Baltimore Ravens camp due to a “COVID-related case,” head coach John Harbaugh clarified the situation today.
Jackson first tested positive for COVID back on Thanksgiving. He missed one game as a result: the early December game against the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
We’ve started to see some unfortunate breakthrough cases for vaccinated people, including a few notable athletes, as well as those who previously had COVID-19 and the subsequent antibody protections testing positive a second time. The vaccines still offer significant protection, and it is unclear whether Jackson has taken one of them.
“Just like everyone in society, it’s their decision, keeping that to themselves,” he said earlier this offseason, via Sports Illustrated. “But I feel we do a great job here of taking the vaccine, staying away from COVID, following the right preparation and stuff like that, staying away from the outside to the people that are attracting it.”
Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
Jackson had tested negative for days until testing positive yesterday.
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If Jackson is vaccinated, he may have a fairly quick return from quarantine. Per new NFL policy, vaccinated and asymptomatic individuals can return to team activities after two negative tests at least 24 hours apart, according to USA Today. After that, they will be tested every two weeks.
Lamar Jackson enters a pivotal year, as he and the Ravens still haven’t come together on a long term contract. He is heading into the fourth year of his rookie deal, with the fifth-year option for 2022, worth $23 million, already picked up. Both sides maintain confidence that a deal will get done, but the state of the deal could change drastically based on what happens in 2021 if it doesn’t happen before that.
Hopefully Lamar Jackson is feeling okay, and he has a quick recovery and return to action.