Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson returned to the practice field Oct. 9 after missing the previous two practices, and he is expected to play when the Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium Oct. 11.
Jackson is officially listed as questionable, but coach John Harbaugh said after the team’s Friday workout that Jackson is “100 percent.”
Harbaugh explained that Jackson’s knee felt “sore” Oct. 7 and, “He just felt like he needed to kind of rest it a little bit.” Harbaugh said Jackson was ill with a stomach bug Oct. 8 and left the facility early.
Jackson, though, was feeling better Oct. 9 and Harbaugh said, “He’s good to go.”
Jackson has not missed a game for injury since becoming the Ravens’ starter midway through the 2018 season. Last year, he and several other starters sat out the regular-season finale and rested for the playoffs with the Ravens having already secured the No. 1 seed.
Jackson, the reigning league Most Valuable Player, has completed 67 of 98 passes for 769 yards, with seven touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating of 111.3 ranks sixth in the league. Jackson leads the Ravens in rushing with 235 yards on 39 carries.
Although Jackson is likely to play, the Ravens will be missing a starting offensive lineman for the second straight week. Rookie guard Tyre Phillips, who has started at right guard in the first four games, is doubtful after sitting out practice all week with a shoulder injury. Ben Powers, Patrick Mekari and D.J. Fluker are candidates to replace Phillips should he not play.
Tackle Ronnie Stanley (shoulder) missed the Ravens’ Week 4 win at Washington, and he is listed as questionable but practiced all week and is expected to play.
Starting defensive lineman Derek Wolfe also missed the Washington game, and Harbaugh explained that he was held out of that game after experiencing COVID-type symptoms a day earlier. Harbaugh stressed that Wolfe has tested negative on every COVID test and should be back against the Bengals as well.
Wolfe, who had a career-high seven sacks last season with the Denver Broncos, is still looking for his first sack as a Raven. The Bengals have allowed 15 sacks, the second-most in the league.
The Ravens’ injury list was extensive this week, with nine players, including five starters, either limited or held out of practice Oct. 8. Of that group, Harbaugh expressed optimism that everyone aside from Phillips could play.
For the Bengals, running back Joe Mixon was limited in practice Oct. 9 with a shin injury.
Here is the full, final injury report:
RAVENS INJURY REPORT
DOUBTFUL: G Tyre Phillips (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (thigh), TE Nick Boyle (thigh), WR Marquise Brown (knee), QB Lamar Jackson (knee/illness), DB Anthony Levine (abdomen), DT Justin Madubuike (knee), WR Chris Moore (finger/thigh), CB Marcus Peters (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (knee), T Ronnie Stanley (shoulder/hip), DT Broderick Washington (illness), DE Derek Wolfe (elbow/NIR)
BENGALS INJURY REPORT
DOUBTFUL: CB Mackensie Alexander (hamstring), WR John Ross (illness)
QUESTIONABLE: HB Joe Mixon (shin)
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