Baltimore Ravens

Ravens activate OLBs Justin Houston, Tyus Bowser, 3 others from reserve/COVID-19 list

The Ravens activated outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tyus Bowser, inside linebackers Chris Board and Kristian Welch and safety Geno Stone from the reserve/COVID-19 list, bolstering their defense and special teams before Sunday’s pivotal game against the Los Angeles Rams.

The five will join outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and cornerbacks Chris Westry and Jimmy Smith at practice Wednesday, all of whom were activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week. Just three Ravens remain sidelined by the NFL’s coronavirus protocols: quarterback Tyler Huntley, tight end Josh Oliver and defensive lineman Justin Madubuike.


Under the league’s new protocols, the standard isolation period after a positive test for asymptomatic individuals has been reduced from 10 days to five days, regardless of vaccination status. Fully vaccinated players who test positive can clear protocols sooner if they return two negative tests within one day and are asymptomatic.

“Happy to get our guys back,” coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. “I know those guys felt good. They wanted to be back. They wanted to play. They weren’t feeling any ill effects, so it makes perfect sense.”


Bowser, the team leader with six sacks, spent less than 24 hours on the reserve/COVID-19 list after being placed there Tuesday afternoon.

Houston has a team-high 17 quarterback hits and 4 ½ sacks this season and is the Ravens’ highest-rated edge rusher, according to Pro Football Focus. Board and Welch help back up Patrick Queen and Josh Bynes at inside linebacker and are special teams standouts. Stone, who started in place of safety Chuck Clark in a Week 15 loss to the Green Bay Packers, helps the Ravens’ flexibility in their secondary.

The Ravens also activated practice squad offensive tackle David Sharpe and quarterback Chris Streveler from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Sharpe, who played well after replacing an injured Tyre Phillips in the loss to Green Bay, should help the team’s depth up front.

This story has been updated.