OWINGS MILLS, Md. Baltimore Ravens player Sam Koch is not expected to play Sunday at the Cincinnati Bengals, who will end their third-longest running active streak in the NFL at 239.
Hut is listed on Reserve / COVID-19 after Wednesday’s test came inconclusive. It would be the first time he missed a match in his 15-year career in the NFL.
The only players who currently have longer streaks in the NFL are the Dallas Cowboys long snapper LP Ladouceur (252 matches) and quarterback Indianapolis Colts Philip Rivers (240). The Koch streak is also a franchise record for Ravens.
“I’m sure he should be out based on the number of days,” Ravens coach John Harbo said after training on Friday. “This is how I’m reading it now. I just assume it won’t be there.”
Harbou added later: “I do not expect him to come out after Sunday.”
This is an indication that the Koch test was not positive and will only need to be quarantined for five days. It would be available if Baltimore (10-5) advanced to postseason. The crows can snatch the wild card dock, beating the Bengalis (4-10-1). If the Ravens lose, Baltimore could still secure a tipping point if the Colts or the Cleveland Browns lost.
Johnny Townsend, Who hasn’t chased in the NFL game since 2018, will replace Koch on Sunday. Townsend was selected in the fifth round of 2018 by Raiders, was signed by Baltimore on Thursday and had full coaching with the team.
“We are very happy to have him,” Harbou said. “He had a good performance today in practice. We expect him to do very well in the match.”