The Ravens activated starting defensive tackle Brandon Williams off the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, but ruled him out for Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with an ankle injury.
Third-string quarterback Trace McSorley and cornerbacks Tavon Young and Khalil Dorsey were also activated from the list Tuesday, with Young and Dorsey reverting to injured reserve.
No players were added to the list, which is reserved for players who have tested positive for the coronavirus or are considered a “high-risk” close contact. After nine straight days of positive COVID-19 tests, the Ravens returned none Tuesday afternoon, a source with knowledge of the situation said, and the team received the all-clear from the NFL to travel to Pittsburgh (10-0). The game has already been postponed three times, with the Ravens having returned a positive test result in nine straight days.
Williams also missed the Ravens’ Week 11 loss to the Tennessee Titans, and hasn’t practiced since before their Week 10 loss to the New England Patriots, when he was injured. The Ravens (6-4) were already down another top run-stopper, Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell.
Meanwhile, offensive lineman D.J. Fluker is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game with back spasms. He could be replaced on the game day roster by offensive tackle Jake Rodgers, who was activated Tuesday after he cleared the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol. Rodgers, 29, who signed with the Ravens after being released by the Denver Broncos last week, appeared in 14 games last season in Denver, including one start. He played exclusively on special teams in his first four games this season.
With quarterback Lamar Jackson out Wednesday after a positive test, McSorley could be on the active roster for the first time this season. He’d back up Robert Griffin III.
Sixteen Ravens remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including running backs Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins, who would be eligible to play Wednesday.