John Harbaugh unsure if Lamar Jackson will return to practice this week

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Entering the last week of the regular season, it’s unclear whether or not the Ravens will have their starting quarterback back on the field.

Head coach John Harbaugh said in his Monday press conference that he doesn’t know if Lamar Jackson will return to practice this week.

“I don’t have an expectation until I hear more today,” Harbaugh said.

Jackson has been out since suffering a knee injury in Baltimore’s Week 13 victory over Denver. Tyler Huntley has started the last four games, leading the Ravens to a 2-2 record.

The Ravens have clinched a playoff berth and the division will still be at play if the Bengals lose to the Bills on Monday night. Harbaugh said he’d “absolutely” like to see Jackson practice for a week before the postseason. But that doesn’t mean Jackson wouldn’t be available for the Wild Card round if he doesn’t get on the field in Week 18.

Harbaugh also said he can’t think about whether or not Jackson will have enough ramp-up time for the playoffs if he doesn’t practice this week.

“I’m just going to listen to the doctors and to Lamar and we’re prepared,” Harbaugh said. “The offense is not going to change dramatically between Lamar and Tyler. … But we’re going to take the game plan and prepare for Cincinnati, prepare for their defense and what they do. Make sure our run game is set up to attack their defense and what they can do with their players and the same thing with our pass game.

“And then whichever quarterback plays, that’s the quarterback that’s going to play and we’ll expect them to play great football. As a coach, that’s really what you do.”

Since coming in to replace Jackson in the Denver game, Huntley has completed 67 percent of his passes for 658 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

This is the second consecutive year that Jackson’s suffered an injury that’s kept him from playing late in the season. In 12 games, he’s completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 2,242 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Jackson has also rushed for 764 yards with three TDs.

We’ll see on Wednesday if Jackson is on the field for his first practice in weeks.

18 responses to “John Harbaugh unsure if Lamar Jackson will return to practice this week

  1. It doesn’t matter, because Lamar has already shown he CANNOT deliver in the big moments, and he’s NOT going to be getting that mega deal he wanted so badly. He bet on himself and LOST. Baltimore will probably franchise him, and knowing Lamar he won’t sign thinking he has the power to force them to hand him what he wants. It’s going to be a very interesting off season for this running back…Ah I mean quarterback 🙄

  2. The lesson is to sign your elite young QB early. The Market will only increase and your QB is too valuable to not have his future protected. Also probably a bad idea to not even attempt to have NFL caliber wide receivers on your roster and to have all of your running backs coming back from torn ACLS. Worst GM in the league.

  3. I see a franchise tag for Lamar in 2023.
    All teams know, “Availability is the best ability.”

  4. I assume he is now taking up skiing sporting those goggles last night. This guy is a head trip and the faster Baltimore rids themselves of him the better off they will be. If he was a team person he would have had been listening to the plays and standing on the sidelines helping his team. A bad look from an average QB and a good running back.

  5. The offence doesn’t change much between the two ….

    It’s QB run, RB run, and throw to Mark Andrews mixed in with an occasional airmail it into the stands.

    Except Lamar is better at all of that than Huntley. But still not good enough.

  6. Why would Lamar play in that pathetic offense? Harbaugh is not a wizard nor Greg Roman the greatest OC in the NFL. Why would he risk an injury for a team going nowhere?

  7. I get the feeling Lamar is holding out. Lamar haters can say what they want about him being a RB and disrespecting him as a QB, but facts are facts. The Ravens are 45 – 16 with him as the starter, without him, they went 0 – 6 to end the season last year, missing the playoffs after being 8 – 3 and the 1 seed. This season without him, 3 -2 but with the D carrying them against a very weak schedule. The offense this season without him is averaging 13.8 pts a game, with him, 25.09 pts a game. They average 27.4 pts a game throughout his career. So contrary to what you want to believe, Lamar has all of the leverage. Ravens need to sign him, or trade him to a team for multiple 1st round picks so they can try for another franchise QB. Huntley is no where close to being it. He’s 1 read, scramble right. Can’t throw the ball accurately past 20 yds, and can’t throw consistently on the run. When a D plays 6-2-3 all game against you, that says all you need to know about Huntley. Let Lamar walk if you want without a legit replacement, you’ll quickly be the bottom feeder in the AFC north.

  8. capnhank says:
    January 2, 2023 at 6:12 pm
    We can use him in Cleveland. He is a northern Ohio native.

    He’s from South Florida: Boynton Beach To be specific.

    My son plays against them ( Boca Raton native)

  9. If Lamar gets hurt, plays lousy, or loses another playoff game, should the Ravens even franchise tag him? Might be smarter for Lamar to sit out. He’s shown the Ravens that they don’t have much of an offense without him.

    But on the other hand, no NFL team is gonna sign a guy that pretends to be hurt and quits on his team. All with the caveat that if Lamar does play, and plays well enough to win a playoff game or two, he will be the highest paid QB EVER.

    Lots for Lamar to consider…

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