Lamar Jackson may play his closing sport with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday … if he hasn’t already performed it.
Jackson’s availability for the Ravens’ wild-card spherical sport towards the Cincinnati Bengals stays in query as a consequence of a knee damage he suffered on Dec. 4 that has price him the final 5 video games.
Listed here are the newest updates on Jackson’s standing.
Thursday: Jackson nonetheless not working towards
Jackson wasn’t at apply once more on Thursday, a day after he missed the Ravens’ first apply of the week as a result of sprained PCL. It grew to become clear late Tuesday that Jackson was trending towards “not taking part in” in Sunday’s playoff sport, the NFL Community reported.
It nonetheless stays unclear who would begin in Jackson’s place within the seemingly occasion he would not play on Sunday. Nonetheless, the Ravens obtained some constructive information on Thursday, as major backup Tyler Huntley was throwing through the media availability portion of apply.
Huntley, who began the primary 4 video games in Jackson’s absence, missed Week 18 as a consequence of shoulder and wrist accidents. He wasn’t throwing at Wednesday’s apply both however was listed as a restricted participant.
Undrafted rookie Anthony Brown began in Huntley’s place in Week 18. He accomplished 19 of 44 passes for 286 yards with two interceptions within the Ravens’ 27-16 loss to the Bengals.
Baltimore’s offense has struggled with Jackson out because the starting of December. Within the 5 video games he performed, Huntley accomplished 67% of his passes for 658 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, giving him a 77.2 passer score. He additionally added 137 speeding yards and a speeding landing because the Ravens have averaged simply 12.5 factors per sport since Week 13, going 3-3 over that stretch.
Wednesday: Harm continues to trouble Jackson
Initially, it was reported that Jackson would miss simply a few video games with a sprained PCL. Now it seems like his standing for Sunday’s sport may be unsure as he faces an “uphill battle” to play, the NFL Community reported Wednesday. Jackson’s knee reportedly “would not really feel proper” and there is nonetheless swelling, making it a “lengthy shot” for him to play on Sunday.
It is unknown who’d begin at quarterback for the Ravens if Jackson cannot go. Tyler Huntley changed Jackson when he went down in Week 13 and began the following 4 video games, however missed Week 18 as a consequence of shoulder and wrist accidents. He reportedly did not throw through the media availability portion of apply and was restricted on Wednesday.
Tuesday: Jackson’s future in Baltimore takes a twist
Hypothesis on Jackson’s future in Baltimore heated up on Tuesday when the Ravens signed linebacker Roquan Smith to a five-year extension that is reportedly price $100 million with $45 million assured and $60 million in complete ensures.
With Jackson being within the closing season of his rookie deal, Sunday’s sport may very well be his final in a Ravens jersey — if he does play. Jackson and the Ravens had been unable to comply with an extension previous to the quarterback’s self-imposed deadline firstly of the common season. Baltimore reportedly supplied the 2019 NFL MVP a five-year deal price over $250 million with $133 million assured previous to the season. Jackson reportedly wished a totally assured deal just like the one Deshaun Watson obtained from the Browns in March 2022, which was a five-year, $230 million deal.
With Smith signing an extension, it is simpler for the Ravens to franchise-tag Jackson this upcoming offseason as they will not have to choose between the All-Professional linebacker or the previous MVP.
How ought to Ravens deal with the Lamar Jackson state of affairs?
“Communicate” discusses what the Ravens ought to do with their quarterback forward of Sunday’s playoff sport towards the Bengals.
Jackson put up one other high quality common season in 2022, throwing for two,242 yards, 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions with a 91.1 passer score to go together with 764 speeding yards and three speeding touchdowns in 12 video games.
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