Sean Payton was not a fan of Lamar Jackson sharing his injury status ahead of a Baltimore Ravens playoff game.
Sean Payton did not like the manner in which Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson provided an injury update over Twitter.
No. 6-seeded Baltimore is playing the division rival Cincinnati Bengals on Wild Card Weekend. It has been weeks since Jackson was able to practice. Though Jackson indicated that he is dealing with a Grade 2 PCL sprain in his knee, Payton was not thrilled that the Ravens quarterback put himself ahead of the team in the lead-up to their biggest game of the season. He also said this…
Payton would then go on to say that he believes Jackson has played his last game in Baltimore.
While Payton’s FOX colleagues Charles Woodson and Michael Vick had other interesting thoughts on the matter, they were nowhere near as blunt as the former New Orleans Saints head coach was over this.
Sean Payton questions Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s injury
Baltimore traded up for the last pick of the first round in the 2018 NFL Draft to take the Heisman Trophy winner out of Louisville. Jackson has represented himself throughout the entire negotiation process. He bet on himself, actually played out his fifth-year option and got burnt for it. The Ravens may be committed in getting Jackson under a new contract, but there is now some friction.
As far as what Payton’s FOX colleagues said, Woodson did not bury Jackson too badly. After all, he is in the same Heisman fraternity as Jackson. However, he admitted he would not have had the stones to put his medicals out there like that during a playoff run. As far as what Vick said, just wear a knee brace and go play. Vick is seen as the NFL prototype for what Jackson could become.
Jackson will have interest on the open market, but Baltimore could also tag him. Given that Payton suggested Jackson will be on another team next year means one of two things. Either he has close ties to people in the Baltimore organization who feel a certain way about the situation or Payton truly does not care because he is going back into coaching next season. Both of these can be true.
For now, the Ravens cannot feel great about Jackson being the long-term solution at quarterback.