OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed practice Nov. 7 because of an illness, according to the team’s official injury report, the first practice he has missed this season.
With Jackson sidelined, Robert Griffin III took the majority of the reps in individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media.
Head coach John Harbaugh did not meet with the media Nov. 7, and his next scheduled media session will be after practice Nov. 8.
Jackson has started all eight games for the Ravens, vaulting himself into the NFL Most Valuable Player conversation by leading the Ravens to a 6-2 record. Jackson has 99 carries for 637 yards and five touchdowns and is on pace to set the NFL record for rushing yardage by a quarterback. He has completed 153 of 238 passes for 1,813 yards and 12 touchdowns with five interceptions.
Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda, whose locker is next to Jackson’s, is also dealing with an illness and missed practice Nov. 6 but was back on the field the next day.
Jackson missed one practice last season, which came before his first career start, incidentally against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Ravens, who have won four straight, visit the winless Bengals (0-8) Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
WILLIAMS ONLY OTHER ABSENCE: Other than Jackson, defensive lineman Brandon Williams was the only player not on the practice field Nov. 7. He was likely getting a veteran day off. Wide receiver Chris Moore was again limited with a left thumb injury. He took part in individual drills with his left thumb heavily taped.
GREEN OUT FOR BENGALS: Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green was pointing to this week’s game to make his season debut as he recovers from a preseason ankle injury, but he told Cincinnati media on Nov. 7 that he has had a setback in his recovery and won’t be playing this weekend.
“You’ve got to look at the long-term picture,” Green said, according to the Bengals team website. “I’ve got to make sure I can play for another five years without having to worry about this thing, not just thinking of the now.”
Green caught three touchdown passes in the Bengals’ 34-23 win against the Ravens in Cincinnati last year, and earlier this week Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith described him as “a thorn in our side.”
PRACTICE SQUAD SHUFFLE: The Ravens have re-signed tackle Marcus Applefield to the practice squad and release practice squad wide receiver Sean Modster. Applefield (6-foot-5, 308 pounds) is an undrafted rookie from Virginia and was with the Ravens during training camp. He had been selected in the XFL Draft last month by the Houston Roughnecks.
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