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After missing 2 games with ankle injury, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson returns to practice Wednesday – Twin Cities

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson returned to practice Wednesday, raising hopes that he’ll be ready to return for Sunday’s pivotal game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Jackson hadn’t practiced since the Ravens’ Week 14 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 12, when he was carted off the field with an ankle injury. He was also inactive for the Ravens’ past two games, losses to the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals.

However, Jackson was clearly hobbled in the 20 minutes of practice open to the media Wednesday.

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Jackson was expected to be a limited participant Wednesday, according to coach John Harbaugh, who added that backup quarterback Tyler Huntley is set to return to team activities Thursday. Huntley missed the Ravens’ 41-21 loss Sunday in Cincinnati after being added to the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Harbaugh said he’s “very hopeful” that Jackson will start Sunday, but acknowledged that he’d hoped his Pro Bowl quarterback would return to action last week. A win over the Rams would boost the Ravens’ fading playoff chances heading into their regular-season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I really want to see him out there on Sunday,” Harbaugh said. “I know the fans do. I know, most of all, Lamar does. So he’s going to do everything he can to be out there, and you can’t make a promise, because we don’t know. We don’t know what tomorrow’s going to bring.”

In 12 games this season, Jackson has completed 64.4% of his passes for 2,882 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s also thrown 13 interceptions and been sacked 38 times, both career highs. As a runner, he has 767 yards (5.8 per carry) and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, 12 Ravens missed the open portion of practice Wednesday: fullback Patrick Ricard (knee), wide receiver Devin Duvernay (ankle), left guard Ben Powers (foot), right guard Kevin Zeitler, right tackle Tyre Phillips (knee), inside linebacker Malik Harrison, outside linebackers Odafe Oweh, Tyus Bowser and Justin Houston, cornerbacks Anthony Averett (ribs) and Tavon Young and defensive back Anthony Levine Sr.

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Bowser and Houston were one of five Ravens activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list early Wednesday. Bowser, the team leader with six sacks, spent less than 24 hours on the reserve/COVID-19 list after being placed there Tuesday afternoon.

This story will be updated.



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