Lamar Jackson misses eighth practice during stint on COVID reserve list

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As the Ravens prepare for the regular season, franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to be absent.

Jackson, who is unvaccinated, tested positive for COVID in late July. Per the league’s protocols, he must be absent for at least 10 days.

While it’s better that it happens now than during the regular season (although it’s not ideal that he’s missing so many practices), the chance lingers of something like this occurring once the season begins. For unvaccinated players, a positive test triggers an automatic 10-day break. For unvaccinated players, close contact with someone who has tested positive results in a minimum absence of five days.

If vaccinated, close contact results in no absence. If vaccinated, a player can return from a positive test after generating two negative outcomes at least 24 hours apart.

That’s where the competitive advantage (if vaccinated) or disadvantage (if unvaccinated) comes from. And while that approach applies to all players, the starting quarterback continues to be the most important person on a roster. Any starting quarterback who isn’t vaccinated faces the continuous risk of suddenly being gone for five days or 10 days or longer.

That’s why so many coaches and executives and owners are apoplectic about vaccine hesitancy among players. With so many experts (true experts, not just people with social-media accounts) give full-throated endorsements to getting vaccinated, people whose ability to do the thing they love to do is enhanced by getting vaccinated still won’t listen. It’s hard not to imagine this irrational stubbornness not impacting the relationship between player and team for years to come, whether it’s Jackson and the Ravens, Kirk Cousins and the Vikings, or any other starting quarterback or key player and the team that employs him.

30 responses to “Lamar Jackson misses eighth practice during stint on COVID reserve list

  1. Obviously the vaccine is pointless but it’s good business to just go ahead and get it anyway. I know I would.

  2. The QBs are supposed to be the team leaders. Selfish, ignorant guys like Cousins and Jackson are failing at that. There is no “I” in team but for the likes of Cousins and Jackson there is a “ME”. It’s part of the reason neither of them will ever hoist a Lombardi.

  3. By getting the COVID virus and will inevitably get well. Judging by Lamar’s youth and exceptional conditioned health….the natural immunity and antibodies he receives from the virus will be far superior to anything the vaccine could possibly provide and also minus the potential for all the serious life/body altering side effects.

  4. Not protecting your family, community, and society seems like the least christian thing you can do.

  5. They get paid whether they are playing or not correct? So these guys get a 10 day break and their pocketbook isn’t affected. Why would they bother? In their eyes, they win on every level.

  6. Considering these rules were made before the latest news that vaccinated people are carrying and can spread the virus as much as the non vaccinated you would think the rules will be changed which would end the competitive advantage.

  7. How many NFL players have no problem taking steroids, painkillers, or performance enhancing drugs without regard to their long term health? Many of these same guys refuse the vaccine. It’s absolutely unbelievable.

  8. If the NFLPA gets their way, vaccinated players will be tested daily too, and some of them will be positive since even vaccinated people are getting COVID. So what difference does it make for the “competitive advantage” if a player is vaccinated or not?

  9. sharpdressedfan17 says:
    By getting the COVID virus and will inevitably get well. Judging by Lamar’s youth and exceptional conditioned health….the natural immunity and antibodies he receives from the virus will be far superior to anything the vaccine could possibly provide and also minus the potential for all the serious life/body altering side effects.

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    He’s already suffered from COVID once. So much for natural immunity. There are no serious side-effects from the vaccine. In the history of vaccines, all vaccines, there’s never been a case where unexpected side-effects appeared after 7 weeks. Seriously already…Jackson is supposed to be a leader on this team. If he gets COVID a 3rd time, which is possible, and costs this team wins during the season he should be fined.

  10. The only competitive advantage for vaccinations comes from the NFL’s completely arbitrary rules. That is not a logical or moral argument to make an irreversible health decision.

    Besides, if ONLY the unvaccinated can possibly suffer symptoms of COVID like you say, and those people CHOSE to be unvaccinated, then you are only trying to protect people from their own choices. It is illogical to accuse them of being selfish, but I guess some people always need someone to blame for their problems.

  11. No excuse for this. He at least had it before and there are some studies that say you don’t need to be vaccinated if you’ve had it, but he should still put his team in the best position to win according to the NFL protocols.

  12. Lamar has all the leverage here. He’s not some 6th round yahoo struggling to make the team. The Ravens aren’t going to punish him let alone cut him. He is one of the few players in the NFL who gets to specify whether he will or will not get vaccinated.

  13. minime says:
    August 6, 2021 at 10:08 am
    His body.
    His choice.
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    Team’s body.
    Team’s choice.

  14. While it likely won’t kill him, COVID could cause permanent heart or lung damage. Jackson doesn’t come across as the sharpest tool in the shed, especially given that this is his second bout with this virus.

  15. gedog says:
    August 6, 2021 at 11:24 am
    Lamar has all the leverage here. He’s not some 6th round yahoo struggling to make the team. The Ravens aren’t going to punish him let alone cut him. He is one of the few players in the NFL who gets to specify whether he will or will not get vaccinated.

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    Yeah, great “leverage” and leadership knowingly catching the variant and possibly killing people whiie not being available and demanding 30 mil per year for a new contract.

    Awesome logic.

  16. The reason many of the new cases are happening to people who have already received the vaccine is we are not dealing with the orignial virus that originated in China. This new “variant” is just that, a differnt strain so the current vaccine isn’t working on the new ones from Europe and South America.

  17. cma1973 says:
    August 6, 2021 at 11:58 am
    This used to be a free country where one could make their own choice.
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    Still is. Employers can choose to employ whomever they want

  18. pioniere says:
    August 6, 2021 at 11:43 am
    While it likely won’t kill him, COVID could cause permanent heart or lung damage. Jackson doesn’t come across as the sharpest tool in the shed, especially given that this is his second bout with this virus.

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    Actually there have been thousands of cases where young people developed myocarditis from the vaccine

  19. justtherealfacts3 says:
    August 6, 2021 at 10:23 am
    Considering these rules were made before the latest news that vaccinated people are carrying and can spread the virus as much as the non vaccinated you would think the rules will be changed which would end the competitive advantage.
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    The period where you are contagious is shorter for vaccinated people. Because once the virus reaches the lungs, the antibodies of a vaccinated person will eliminate the virus, while non vaccinated do offer all the freedom for the virus to mutate, do local damage, and be transmitted back to other people.

  20. Dude, you’ve had COVID twice now and it’s impacted your team both times. Get the damn vaccine.

  21. Just got activated from the COVID list, first preseason game isn’t until next week, nothing to see here.

  22. Now that Jackson is recovered, he has greater immunity than his vaccinated teammates who never contracted the virus.

  23. If unvaccinated player misses a game due to Covid should loose game check. His body, his choice, his consequence.

  24. “For unvaccinated players, a positive test triggers an automatic 10-day break. … If vaccinated, a player can return from a positive test after generating two negative outcomes at least 24 hours apart.”

    Which means the policy is not about health or safety, it’s about punishment for noncompliance. If the standard was about health & safety, then not having the virus would be the standard for return, regardless of vaccination status.

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