15-year game streak in jeopardy for Ravens’ Koch


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, which puts his 15-year consecutive games streak in jeopardy.

Koch was held out of Wednesday’s practice after his most recent COVID-19 test came back inconclusive, a source told ESPN. He has not missed a game since being drafted in the sixth round by the Ravens in 2006, playing in a franchise-record 239 straight games.

Further testing will determine how long Koch will be out.

The potential loss of Koch comes days before the Ravens’ critical season finale at the Cincinnati Bengals. Baltimore (10-5) can clinch a wild-card berth by beating Cincinnati.

If Koch is out, kicker Justin Tucker would likely replace him. Tucker averaged 40.5 yards on 155 punts at Texas.

The other issue is that Koch is the holder on extra points and field goals. Tight end Mark Andrews took some snaps as the holder in training camp.

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