Ravens QB Lamar Jackson battles illness but is fine for Sunday


OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has confirmed adept at eluding pass-rushers and defensive linemen, however seemingly not at diseases.

Jackson missed Friday’s observe as a result of he was as soon as once more in poor health, however head coach John Harbaugh expressed confidence that the two-time Professional Bowl champion will begin on Sunday in opposition to the Carolina Panthers.

“He will be fantastic,” Harbaugh mentioned after observe. “He tried to coach however he was too sick.”

Requested if he’ll play on Sunday, Harbaugh replied: “Oh yeah.”

It was a shock when Jackson wasn’t current at observe, however the cause wasn’t a shock. This marked the sixth time Jackson has been sidelined with sickness within the common season for the reason that begin of the 2021 season. Final November, Jackson was unable to play in a Week 11 recreation in Chicago as a result of he was too in poor health and backup Tyler Huntley led Baltimore to a 16-13 victory over the Bears.

Final yr, Jackson mentioned he wasn’t apprehensive in regards to the variety of instances he is been sick.

“I have been wholesome my complete life,” Jackson mentioned on the time. “I by no means had an issue getting sick till I received right here. So I actually do not know what that’s.”

That is the primary observe Jackson has missed this yr. He had been restricted in two exercises in 2022 (proper elbow harm in Week 3 and hip harm in Week 7).

The primary ranked Ravens (6-3) are 13 factors forward of the Panthers (3-6), the largest margin of the week. Jackson, who has by no means confronted Carolina, is 26-2 in his first recreation in opposition to a crew in his profession. That is the perfect file since 1950 amongst halfbacks in opposition to not less than 20 totally different groups, based on analysis by the Elias Sports activities Bureau.

If Jackson was unable to play, Huntley would make his fifth profession begin.