Why Did Lamar Jackson Miss Practice? Ravens QB Absent From Practice for First Time This Season

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was missing from practice on Thursday. It's the first time the former MVP has missed practice this season.

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was missing from practice on Thursday ahead of the team’s home bout against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

It’s the first time that Jackson has missed open practice this season. After not being on the injury report earlier in the week, the news was unexpected.

Lamar Jackson Missing From Practice

Jackson missed practice on Thursday, and it is expected that he is dealing with an illness. It’s the first time the Ravens QB has missed practice this season.

The illness came out of the blue, as when Jackson spoke to the media on Wednesday, there was no indication that he was suffering from any issues. With him not being listed on Wednesday’s injury report, it is expected that the Ravens QB may just be dealing with an illness, as reported by NFL insider Ian Rapoport. There has been no official confirmation from the team.

There had been a worry among fans, however, of the possibility of Jackson dealing with a potential ankle injury. Jackson went down in Week 11 against the Bengals after being tackled by Logan Wilson. After the game, Jackson and HC John Harbaugh spoke, but both made it clear that his ankle was fine.

The ankle problem has appeared on injury reports previously this season but has not limited him in a practice session.

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If Jackson’s illness keeps him out longer than expected, it would be a big blow for Baltimore. The Ravens are currently 9-3 in first place in the AFC North and look like one of the best teams in the NFL.

The Ravens have an important run of games coming up which will be key to Baltimore staying in the race for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Upcoming on the schedule, the Ravens have the Rams, then at the Jaguars, at the 49ers, home vs. the Dolphins, and then home against the Steelers to close out the regular season.

Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken is scheduled to speak to the media after Thursday’s practice, while Harbaugh will speak to the media on Friday. Baltimore will also submit a report after practice on Thursday at around 6:30 p.m. ET, where we should get more information.

If Jackson is unable to play against the Rams on Sunday, the Ravens would be looking at either Tyler Huntley or Josh Johnson to start. Huntley has played previously when Jackson has been injured. The backup QB played seven games in 2021 and six in 2022.

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