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Ravens activate TE Mark Andrews, OLB Matthew Judon, fortifying roster before Browns game

The Ravens have activated Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews and Pro Bowl outside linebacker Matthew Judon off the reserve/COVID-19 list, clearing them to practice Thursday in preparation for Monday’s crucial game against the Cleveland Browns.

Practice squad offensive lineman Will Holden was also activated Wednesday. Under the NFL’s coronavirus protocols, all three players had to miss two games while self-quarantining: a Week 12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tuesday night’s win over the Dallas Cowboys.

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After placing 23 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list during the team’s recent outbreak, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Ravens are down to just three: wide receiver Willie Snead IV, safety Geno Stone and injured cornerback Terrell Bonds. Wide receiver Dez Bryant is also expected to be designated after testing positive Tuesday.

Coach John Harbaugh said last week that Andrews, who has Type 1 diabetes, hadn’t had any “negative consequences” related to his infection. Andrews leads the Ravens in receiving touchdowns (six) and is second in catches (38), targets (60) and yards (454).

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Judon has four sacks this season, tied for the team lead with defensive end Calais Campbell, who also tested positive for COVID-19. Despite facing a banged-up Cowboys line, the Ravens’ pass rush struggled Tuesday without Judon, who regularly plays over half of the team’s defensive snaps.

Holden, meanwhile, split snaps at right tackle with D.J. Fluker against the Tennessee Titans in Week 11 before being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.


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