Ravens safety Geno Stone has tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN reported Tuesday, but the team’s game Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Steelers remains on as scheduled.
A staff member also reportedly tested positive, marking the 10th day in a row that the team has returned at least one such result.
The news emerged as the Ravens were traveling to Pittsburgh, though neither Stone nor the staff member was reportedly with the team. A source said earlier that the team had received the all-clear from the NFL, which has been monitoring the Ravens’ outbreak.
According to an NFL spokesperson, the game is still on, and the Ravens will have rapid-result, point-of-care PCR tests in the morning with results available later in the morning. Both teams will take normal PCR tests, which have a longer turnaround time but are more accurate.
Stone is not on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which means that he had not previously tested positive or been considered a “high-risk” close contact. The Ravens held socially distanced walk-throughs Monday and Tuesday.
The team’s outbreak has led the NFL to postpone its rematch with the Steelers three times since Wednesday. The league has reportedly been reluctant to add an 18th week to its regular-season schedule.
Stone, a rookie and seventh-round pick out of Iowa, has played in two games this season for the Ravens, mainly on special teams. Under NFL protocols, players who test positive must self-quarantine for 10 days, meaning Stone would also likely miss the Ravens’ game Tuesday against the Dallas Cowboys.