Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did not participate in the portion of practice visible to reporters Friday, casting doubt on his chances of playing in Sunday’s crucial game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh did not shut the door, however, saying: “I think Lamar has a chance to play Sunday. We’ll have to see.”
Jackson practiced Wednesday for the first time since he hobbled off the field with an ankle injury in the second quarter of team’s Week 14 loss to the Cleveland Browns. He limped noticeably during his limited work and did not practice Thursday.
If he’s not available, the Ravens will likely go with backup Tyler Huntley, who returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. Josh Johnson, who started in the Ravens’ Week 16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, has also prepared to play against the Rams.
Other Ravens who did not appear at the portion of practice open to reporters were: cornerback Anthony Averett (ribs/chest), wide receiver Marquise Brown (illness), outside linebacker Odafe Oweh (foot), guard Ben Powers (toe), running back Latavius Murray and defensive end Calais Campbell.
The Ravens had hoped Averett, their top remaining cornerback, would recover in time to face the Rams, with their deadly connection of quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Cooper Kupp. But Averett has not practiced all week.
Campbell played limited snaps against the Bengals but has not appeared on the Ravens’ injury report this week and routinely takes rest days.