JANUARY 15: The Ravens plan to play both Huntley and Brown in their contest against the Bengals, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Huntley was a full participant in practice on Friday, and Baltimore did not elevate Brett Hundley from the practice squad.
JANUARY 13: As expected, the Ravens ruled Jackson out for a sixth straight game. After practicing in full Friday, Huntley should be expected to return to Baltimore’s starting lineup. Though, the Ravens will not name a starter until Sunday.
JANUARY 12: Jackson missed another practice Thursday and opted to provide his own update on his injury, calling it a grade 2 PCL sprain “on the borderline of a [grade] 3” (Twitter link). The fifth-year passer said swelling remains and the knee is unstable. A grade 2 sprain is a partial tear, while a grade 3 is essentially a full tear. A setback that was initially rumored to cause a one- to three-game absence is almost certainly set to sideline Jackson for a sixth.
“I wish I could be out there with my guys more than anything but I can’t give a 100% of myself to my guys and fans,” Jackson said (on Twitter). “I’m still hopeful we still have a chance.”
This update will undoubtedly be followed by Jackson being declared out for Sunday night’s game. Even if the Ravens are to upset the defending AFC champions, Jackson’s comments make it sound like the next time he takes the field will be in Week 1 of the 2023 season.
JANUARY 11: In what is becoming a weekly update, Lamar Jackson looks to again be heading toward a Sunday in street clothes. The injured superstar is facing an uphill battle to play against the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (video link).
Out with a PCL sprain since Week 13, Jackson has not practiced since the injury. Attempts to get some work in recently have not gone right, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com adds (via Twitter). While the Ravens have held out hope for a return ahead of their wild-card rubber match with the Bengals, it once again looks like it will be Tyler Huntley or Anthony Brown who receives the call for the offensively limited team.
Jackson did not practice Wednesday, and Huntley did not throw during the portion of the workout open to media, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com notes. Jackson has now missed 16 consecutive practices. Huntley, who missed Week 18, is battling tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.
The Ravens were not exactly soaring prior to losing Jackson, but they have been historically limited — for a playoff team — offensively without the former MVP. They are averaging 12.5 points per game without Jackson, a mark ahead of only the Jets during that period. Baltimore’s 75 points over its final six games are the second-fewest in the Super Bowl era, per NFL Research, painting a bleak picture for a game the NFL slotted in the Sunday-night window.
Over the past day, sources around the situation have become more pessimistic regarding Jackson’s availability, Rapoport adds. With Jackson’s knee still “not quite right,” it obviously makes sense for him not to play at significantly less than 100%. Jackson’s game hinges on his running ability, making this injury more of a hindrance for him compared to most quarterbacks. The fifth-year passer also is unsigned beyond this season, a situation that has long pointed to — particularly now that Roquan Smith is locked down — a franchise tag. The Ravens’ performance without Jackson has certainly not hurt his value.
If Jackson sits out this wild-card game, he will have missed 11 games over the past two seasons. An ankle injury sidelined him for the close of Baltimore’s 2021 campaign, which saw the team lose its final six games — despite receiving reasonably effective Huntley play — to finish 8-9. The Ravens have relied more on their defense this year, reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. But this season is starting to look like a missed opportunity for the Ravens, who will need to decide on re-upping Jackson on a contract with guarantees in the Deshaun Watson ballpark ($230MM).
37 comments on “Lamar Jackson To Miss Wild-Card Game”
While the injury obviously shows Lamars importance to their success this is his second year in a row missing multiple games bc of a knee injury. No way is he getting 300 mil fully guaranteed. Dude really should hire an agent and get paid.
Might be too late to get paid paid
Definitely not too late
He shoulda sighed that deal over the summer. Running QB’s never last more than 5-6 years
“Has not practiced since the injury”. This is what it is. Huntley or Brown, between them, are there enough 1st downs? Gulp.
“If Jackson sits out this wild-card game, he will have missed 11 games over the past two seasons.”
That’s what you’re going to get with a run-first QB. Surprisingly, Lamar isn’t getting any younger, either, and injuries to joints tend to sort of accumulate. I don’t think he’s going to get anywhere near what he wants on the open market.
Is he sitting out because he hasn’t gotten paid?
No, everyone around the Ravens and especially the reporters say he would be on the field if he could. Plus, his teammates would call him out too. Would it be great for fans and doubting Thomas’s to hear Lamar come right out and say it? Yes.
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he’s sitting out because he doesn’t want to get RG3ed
If he had a new contract he would be playing. There is clearly a disconnect between him and the front office.
Both injuries sustained this year and last happened on sacks on passing plays. Neither would have been avoided by him being a pure drop back passer.
If anything it has more to do with receivers not getting open because Greg Roman can’t design routes.
You have to be joking right? If he actually ever hit the open market he would easy.sign one of the largest contracts in NFL history.
wrong .. other teams know about his injury issues and how run first qbs age
if I’m the Ravens I let him leave and draft Richardson
Maybe he can come back, if the game plan
Is for him to sit in the pocket and throw the ball
Let the RB’s run the ball.
Prove the detractors wrong.
Earn that money !
First besides Andrews he doesn’t exactly have a hall of fame receiving corp. Second have you seen him passing the last two years? If you want to say mediocre that would be generous.
Sign him to the largest contract and watch him come back. He is an elite player.
No he’s not. He’s an injured one. Repeatedly. You can’t win from the trainers room
From a Steeler fan…Hopefully the Ravens sign him to a guaranteed 10 year deal!
The savvy move here is to just trade him. You’re not going to sign him, and you shouldn’t. There’s a dumb franchise out there who will tho. He still have a ton of value. Get a good return and move on.
Trade a UFA?
The Ravens have the rights to sign him to a non-exclusive tag, an exclusive tag or even a transition tag, giving them the ability to cash in on draft picks.
They could of course also just let him walk, but that would be stupid.
Pretty decent shot he’s played his last snap as a Raven
The Ravens should let someone else hitch their wagon to this guy. Running QBs will never win the championship, as the season is just too long for a run-first player to remain healthy.
Jets are salivating
LAMAR QUIT ON THE RAVENS. THEY NEED TO TRADE HIS ASS. THIS IS THE 2ND STRAIGHT YEAR AT PLAYOFF TIME AND CANT PLAY! B.S., TRADE HIS QUITING ASS
Say it: Never more.
and the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
I would do the same, pay the man the money he deserves.
The Eagles showed every team you better have a good backup that knows how to play…….
Tough take. Jean Short Jesus went 0-2 losing a game with a 4th quarter lead and then looked abysmal at home against a dead beat squad (albeit with a good defense) playing for nothing. They had to rush back Hurts early to secure the 1 seed because they couldn’t trust Minshew to win against *checks notes* Davis Webb. Congrats on being that dude though.
If the Jets want Lamar bad enough, Ravens should ask for two 1st round picks, a 2nd, Sauce Gardner and through in Zack Wilson since he is not in good favor with the franchise. Maybe Ravens can turn Wilson around to be a serviceable QB.
And the jets will laugh in there face. They ain’t getting that for an oft injured QB on at best, a franchised one year contract.
You win stupid is as stupid does award of the week
Sucks, but is certainly no surprise and really changes nothing. His playoff stats are abysmal and after not even practicing for over a month there’s no reason to believe he could have come in and carried this bad offense past the Bengals. Ravens fans should be happy tho, as we all know they love nothing more than a built in excuse..I see a messy divorce in the future of this franchise.
Jets will have to dig deep if they want Lamar. Woody says he will spend big for a franchise QB. See what the Browns gave up for the pervert and the Broncos for Russell Wilson. Don’t be so sure of yourself lilbigjon. Negotiations have to start somewhere and Ravens aren’t giving him away. Lamar would look good in green.
Lamar is S-A-W-F-T