On Thursday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there was “really nothing I can say” about the health and availability of players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If a medical issue existed, he said, he couldn’t coach them until they were cleared.
But with tight end Mark Andrews testing positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, one of the last players affected by the Ravens’ widespread outbreak, there were questions not just about when he might return but whether his health might be compromised. Andrews has Type 1 diabetes, a chronic medical condition that can be a risk factor for those who contract COVID-19.
In diabetes, the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Cells need insulin to absorb glucose from the blood, and if the cells do not take in enough glucose, it can build up harmfully in the blood.
Harbaugh said Friday that, when he talked to Andrews a few days earlier, he hadn’t been told there were any issues. He said he was scheduled to follow up with him soon.
“I have not heard of any negative consequences of the diabetes with Mark up until this point, so that’s a positive,” Harbaugh said.
Under the NFL’s coronavirus protocols, Andrews is unlikely to be available for the Ravens’ game Tuesday against the Dallas Cowboys. Players who test positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 10 days while continuing to be tested.
Harbaugh also said Friday that running backs coach Matt Weiss and offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris were “doing well” in their recovery from illnesses that sidelined them Wednesday. Harbaugh said it was unclear whether they’d be back for Tuesday’s game.