Lamar Jackson might play his closing recreation with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, if he hasn’t already.
Jackson’s availability for the Ravens’ wild-card spherical recreation towards the Cincinnati Bengals stays in query as a result of a knee damage he suffered on Dec. 4 that has price him the final 5 video games. He wasn’t noticed on the group’s first observe of the week on Wednesday, which got here two days after Ravens coach John Harbaugh mentioned that he did not have an replace on his beginning quarterback’s well being standing.
Wednesday: Injury continues to trouble Jackson
Initially, it was reported that Jackson would miss simply a few video games with a sprained PCL. Now it appears like his standing for Sunday’s recreation is likely to be unsure as he faces an “uphill battle” to play, the NFL Network reported Wednesday. Jackson’s knee reportedly “doesn’t feel right” and there is nonetheless swelling, making it a “long shot” for him to play on Sunday.
It’s 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 result of shoulder and wrist accidents. He reportedly did not throw throughout the media availability portion of observe on Wednesday.
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. In 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 recreation since Week 13, going 3-3 over that stretch.
Tuesday: Jackson’s future in Baltimore takes a twist
Speculation 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 value $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 recreation may very well be his final in a Ravens jersey — if he does play. Jackson and the Ravens have been unable to comply with an extension previous to the quarterback’s self-imposed deadline initially of the common season. Baltimore reportedly offered the 2019 NFL MVP a five-year deal value 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 select between the All-Pro linebacker or the previous MVP.
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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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