Lamar Jackson provides injury update ahead of playoffs

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. (Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. (Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports) /

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tweeted out an update on his injured knee just days ahead of the team’s playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Baltimore Ravens are set to take on the Cincinnati Bengals for the second week in a row. After playing each other in the Week 18 regular-season finale, the two AFC North rivals are set to face off in the Wild Card Round. In regards to the quarterback position, the Bengals are set with Joe Burrow, while there’s uncertainty surrounding the Ravens, as star Lamar Jackson had missed the previous five games due to a right knee injury.

With head coach John Harbaugh providing updates in recent weeks that didn’t give a clearer picture as to when Jackson could return, the quarterback took to Twitter to let the NFL world about his recovery.

Jackson said that he is dealing with a Grade 2 sprain to his PCL, which is borderline sprain 3. The quarterback says that he is still dealing with inflammation surrounding his knee, which he says remains unstable. Jackson says he remains in good spirits as he continues to undergo treatment for the injury.

Lamar Jackson provides less than positive injury update ahead of playoffs

“I wish I could be out there with my guys more than anything but I can’t give a 100% of myself to my guys and fans I’m still hopeful we still have a chance,” writes Jackson.

The injury occurred back in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos, where Jackson was sacked on a play. He was removed from the game, and has been sidelined ever since.

Jackson did not participate in practice on Thursday. The Ravens have one more practice on Friday before their game against the Bengals this Sunday night.

In 12 games this season, Jackson threw for 2,242 yards, 17 touchdowns, and seven interceptions while completing 62.3-percent of his passes. Jackson also ran for 764 yards and three touchdowns on 112 carries.

As for who would start in place for the Ravens, it looks like it’s trending towards Tyler Huntley. The backup quarterback missed the team’s regular season finale due to tendinitis in his right shoulder. The good news is that Huntley was spotted throwing at practice for the first time since New Year’s Day.

Huntley started in four games for the Ravens this season, leading the team to two wins. In six games this season, Huntley completed 67.0-percent of his passes for 658 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Jackson opened up about his recovery from the injury, and says he’s still not 100-percent.

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