Status Of Ravens’ Lamar Jackson Uncertain Ahead Of Playoffs
The Ravens are putting a positive spin on their quarterback situation with Lamar Jackson not guaranteed to play in the postseason.
Lamar Jackson has been rehabbing a sprained knee for over a month with no public formal timeline for his return.
Baltimore secured their playoff position two weeks ago, but have undoubtedly struggled in his absence. In four games without Lamar Jackson, the ravens have only averaged 12.3 points per game.
Their three touchdowns in that period is the worst in the NFL.
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Head coach John Harbaugh said “I’m just probably going to leave all that stuff alone,” when asked about Jackson’s fitness.
So it lies with offensive coordinator Greg Roman to instill some hope, although he can’t be specific either.
“He’s a special guy,” Roman said after Thursday’s practice. “I think if somebody’s got a chance to do it, he does.
“I would say, I would bet on him, I would definitely bet on him,” Roman said. “It’s not an ideal situation, obviously, but it’s a great opportunity when he does come back to get him back in the lineup and get moving.”
Backup quarterback Tyler Huntley is also injured with shoulder and wrist issues. That leaves Baltimore with undrafted rookie Anthony Brown in the QB1 slot.
“Anytime your quarterback can’t practice, that’s a tough situation,” Roman said.
“It is what it is. It’s the NFL in January. You got to adapt and overcome that. He’s working hard, he’s doing rehab like crazy. He’s been dealing with this thing for weeks and fighting through it. It’s changed maybe the way we have had to play these games a little bit. But we know, when he’s at full strength, he’s a dynamic player for us.”