OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was limited in practice Dec. 9 with a quad injury, a potentially problematic development with Baltimore set to host the New York Jets on a short week for a “Thursday Night Football” matchup at M&T Bank Stadium Dec. 12.
The Ravens (11-2), fresh off a 24-17 win at Buffalo that ran their regular-season franchise-record winning streak to nine games, held just a light walkthrough practice in the team fieldhouse, and Jackson appeared briefly at the end of the early portion of practice open to the media.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the injury occurred during the Bills game when Jackson was hit around his knee. Jackson played the entire game for the Ravens, completed 16 of 25 for 145 yards and three touchdowns and ran 11 times for 40 yards.
“It’s not a serious injury in that sense,” Harbaugh said after the team’s Dec. 9 walkthrough practice. “But, you know, this is day-to-day and we play Thursday night, so we’ll see where we’re at.”
In his second season, Jackson has emerged as the favorite to with the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, leading the Ravens to an 11-2 record for the first time in franchise history.
Jackson leads the league in touchdown passes with 28 and has rushed 151 times for 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns. He needs 23 rushing yards to break Michael Vick’s single-season NFL record for rushing yardage by a quarterback (1,039), set in 2006.
The Ravens currently hold the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC and can clinch the AFC North title with a win against the Jets (5-8), who have won four of their past five games.
If Jackson is limited or unavailable, the Ravens could turn to Robert Griffin III — their other former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who has appeared in mopup duty during a few blowouts this year and has been on the field with Jackson a few times, including for two snaps against the Bills.
Griffin has played in five games this season, completing 12 of 16 passes for 129 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Speaking after practice Dec. 9, Griffin said he doesn’t expect Jackson’s injury to be an issue but added, “That’s why they brought me here, to be the veteran leadership, help everything go smoothly.”
STANLEY DEALING WITH A CONCUSSION: Ravens starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley missed the team’s walkthrough workout Dec. 9 with a concussion, according to the team’s injury report, leaving his status very much in doubt for the Ravens’ Thursday night game against the Jets.
Stanley played every snap at Buffalo and has missed one game in each of the previous two seasons. If he isn’t available, James Hurst will likely make his first start of the season in Stanley’s place. The versatile Hurst has made 42 starts in his six-year career, including 14 at left tackle, but has seen limited duty on offense this season.
Harbaugh didn’t elaborate on Stanley’s injury, saying, “I’m not going to get into injuries. We just got done playing the game 24 hours ago. We’re going to play again Thursday night. Guys that are ready to play will play, the guys that aren’t won’t.”
ANDREWS AMONG THOSE SIDELINED: Tight end Mark Andrews did not practice Dec. 9 after leaving the Bills game early with a knee injury. Andrews leads the Ravens with 54 catches for 707 yards and seven touchdowns, tied for the most in any season by a Ravens tight end.
In addition to Stanley and Andrews, others who missed practice Dec. 9 were linebacker Chris Board (concussion) and safety Anthony Levine (ankle).
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