Lamar Jackson ruled out for Week 18; status unclear for postseason

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Lamar Jackson won’t play this week and it’s uncertain whether he’ll be back in time for next week’s playoff game.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Tyler Huntley has a good chance to start Sunday’s game against Cincinnati, despite dealing with tendinitis issue in his shoulder. But Jackson’s availability will be key for Baltimore in the postseason. And at this point, the Ravens aren’t sure whether he’ll be able to practice next week, let alone play.

“There really are no updates on that. And that’s the biggest thing I know that fans, media, and everybody might get a little frustrated about. But, it’s just kind of the nature of it,” Harbaugh said in his press conference. “When we have an update, definitely you’ll have it. But injuries are so hard to predict. … And sometimes people think, well he’s hiding something or whatever — and it’s really not. I might be hiding something sometimes, but not in this case.

“But the truth is, we just really don’t know. I know everybody’s working as hard as they can. Lamar’s working as hard as he can. The trainers are working as hard as they can. And can’t wait for him to get back, obviously, just like everybody else. So, that’s where we’re at. He won’t be playing in this game. And we’ll be hopeful for next week and we’ll see where we’re at then.”

Jackson has been out since suffering a PCL injury in the Ravens’ victory over the Broncos on Dec. 4. Huntley took over and Baltimore has gone 2-2 over its last four games.

Jackson not being able to play in the wild card round would be an obvious blow to Baltimore’s championship aspirations, no matter their opponent.

Huntley himself said he feels like he has a good chance to play on Sunday. But if he can’t, the Ravens would turn to rookie quarterback Anthony Brown. With Huntley limited, Brown took the practice reps and Harbaugh said the rookie will be ready to go if needed.

Given the passed resolution to postseason changes on Friday, the Ravens still have a chance to host an opening-round playoff game if they defeat the Bengals on Sunday and are scheduled to play them next weekend. That would be determined by a coin flip.

Baltimore’s full injury report will be released later on Friday.

37 responses to “Lamar Jackson ruled out for Week 18; status unclear for postseason

  1. Why play him? The Division title is now out of reach and in the best case scenario for Baltimore the wildcard game location will now be up to a coin toss! And besides, its harder to trade a quarterback with a bum knee! Nothing to be gained by playing him this week!

  2. Lamar needs to get his contract done ASAP, but the Ravens should not do anything long term with him. Too much injury risk.

  3. Lamar is all done in Baltimore. I see them franchising him, and then trading him for draft picks.

  4. He should have signed prior to the season. Greedy, greedy, greedy. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.

  5. Ravens and Bengals may very easily play two straight. Newsflash, only the second one will matter.

  6. Ravens and Cincy are gonna rest everyone.
    The game means absolutely zero.
    Goodell’s decision has made this a scrimmage.

  7. This is why you lock up your franchise QB early. The Ravens played themselves again. 12th in ppg with Jackson. Worst offense in 15 years without him. The very definition of elite. If I am Miami I would be putting together my trade package, gathering my $250 million fully guaranteed contract and booking my tickets to the 2024 superbowl right now. Ozzie Newsome would have never let this happen. Fire Decosta Today.

  8. Just tag him and keep him for both years or trade him if a good package comes along. Long term deal is out the window.

  9. He bet on himself and lost. No way in hell they sign him to any long-term deal. Prolly franchise tag and then trade away later.

  10. Skol Vikes says:
    January 6, 2023 at 2:58 pm
    He bet on himself and lost. No way in hell they sign him to any long-term deal. Prolly franchise tag and then trade away later.
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    How exactly did he lose? Sounds like the Ravens bet on themselves and lost. There season is over without Jackson. They can franchise next year him but he doesn’t have to sign the franchise tender until November so next season will be lost too. No team will be willing to give the Ravens any real assets in a trade unless Lamar is willing to sign there long term so he essentially has a no trade clause and I’m guessing it gonna take a fully guaranteed contract to sign an extension. The Ravens bet Huntley could produce similar results to Jackson and were thoroughly embarrassed. Jackson has all the leverage. You are going to have to explain this one to me.

  11. Lamar never gambled on anything. Whether he gets a big money deal, franchised, sent to another team, he will get paid many millions more than he is making now. The chances of a career-ending were hella slim and NONE.

  12. Myles: You’re too smart to make the following grammatical mistake that your Copy Writer-less staff and you did not see, per:

    “Jackson not being able to play in the wild card round would be an obvious blow to Baltimore’s championship aspirations, no matter their opponent.”

    No.

    Subject and pronoun incongruence above in your original sentence, above.

    Corrected sentence:

    Jackson not being able to play in the wild card round would be an obvious blow to Baltimore’s championship aspirations, no matter its opponent.

  13. Lamar was never going to sign a long-term deal after he didn’t the guaranteed money he was asking for from the Ravens. He is now protecting his investment, himself, by not risking further injury. Fans may not like or agree but they are not going to be paying his expenses if he gets a career threatening injury.

  14. Just last last season, he quit on the team. Make him Miami’s problem next year.

  15. justsayin says:
    January 6, 2023 at 1:58 pm
    Why play him? The Division title is now out of reach and in the best case scenario for Baltimore the wildcard game location will now be up to a coin toss! And besides, it’s harder to trade a quarterback with a bum knee! Nothing to be gained by playing him this week!
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    I’m sure it’s harder to trade a quarterback with a bum knee when they are a free agent.

  16. Who is going to take a chance on this guy. Damaged goods. RB is the easiest position to fill in the draft.

  17. religionisforidiots says:
    January 6, 2023 at 3:47 pm
    Just last last season, he quit on the team. Make him Miami’s problem next year
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    If Miami trades for Jackson they may as well start planning the superbowl parade. That offense would be impossible to defend. You can’t put 8 in the box vs Hill/Waddle and you can stop a Lamar jackson running game without 8 in the box.

  18. Tag and trade him. 2 yrs in a row he has missed multiple games due to lower leg injuries. Think he will get healthier as he gets older???

  19. Ravens are not even gonna exercise Lamar’s franchise tag. They will let him walk. That way, his agent can find him that $250 million fully guaranteed deal he has been seeking.

    Oh, wait…

  20. Won’t need a coin flip. Bengals beat the Ravens twice in CIN. On to the next round. Thanks NFL.

  21. The only “parade” Miami would be planning if they had Lame Arm would be a 4th of July event on South Beach. Waffle & Hill would have to cut their routes in half & turn and wait for the ball to finally get to them.

  22. Lamar’s arm can beat the Houston Texans, the Arizona Cardinals, etc in some regular season game, but inside the red zone, against the best teams, in the playoffs, his arm can’t. He’s not accurate enough and never will be. You don’t pay the type of money Lamar wants when he has that flaw in his game. As I’ve said all year, Ravens have no intention of signing him. Will take the 2 first round picks they get for him, plus their own, and move up to draft QB of their choosing. Lamar’s shelf-life was short. As soon as he started to get leg injuries, he’s a below average QB. Ravens O with Lamar type QB will NEVER win a title, and isn’t that he goal?

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