The Ravens activated quarterback Tyler Huntley, defensive lineman Justin Madubuike and practice squad safety Tony Jefferson from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, as the team’s depth continued to improve before a crucial game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
With the return of Huntley and Madubuike, the Ravens have just one player on their 53-man roster, tight end Josh Oliver, sidelined by coronavirus protocols. Ten players were on the reserve/COVID-19 list for Sunday’s blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that the team hopes Pro Bowl quarterback Lamar Jackson (ankle) will be ready to start Sunday, but Huntley gives the team a reliable alternative in what amounts to a must-win game. He posted the highest QBR of any Ravens quarterback this season in a narrow 31-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 15, and his athleticism makes him a threat in the Ravens’ ground game and on broken plays.
Madubuike, who missed Sunday’s loss along with Huntley, has 10 starts in 13 games this season, registering 32 tackles and two sacks. The Ravens’ depth up front Sunday should be much improved with his return and the improved health of starting lineman Calais Campbell (thigh), who was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.
Jefferson, who was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, had a team-high-tying nine tackles and one sack in Cincinnati. He’s appeared in both Ravens games since joining their practice squad on Dec. 13, contributing primarily on special teams in Week 15 before playing 62% of the defensive snaps Sunday.