OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens' most important player was nowhere to be found at practice on Wednesday. Lamar Jackson missed the session with an injured knee.
No Lamar Jackson at #Ravens practice today. Injury report comes out around 4pm. Lamar did speak to the media earlier today.— Shawn Stepner (@StepnerWMAR) October 7, 2020
ESPN is reporting the team does not consider Jackson's injury serious.
Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson did not practice today due to a knee injury that is not considered serious, per source. He was held out of practice for “precautionary reasons.” With Jackson out today, RG3 took the QB reps.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2020
He was pulled from Sunday’s win over Washington with the victory secured and no hint of injury.
Before practice got going, the 2019 NFL MVP answered questions as he usually does on Wednesdays. Many were about the lack of success passing the ball through four games.
"I see it as a work in progress," said Jackson. "I’m getting better every week. Not just myself, but my team. I feel like there’s a lot of yards and touchdowns we be leaving on the field when we don’t connect."
The Ravens (3-1) are ranked 31st in the NFL averaging 180.8 yards per game through the air.
"It’s still early in the season. We’ve got twelve more regular season games. I feel we’re good though," said Jackson.
"It’s only four games in. We’re still learning. We’re still building," said wide receiver Marquise Brown.
On defense rookie linebacker Patrick Queen is learning and building his game nicely through a quarter of the season. The first-round draft pick leads the team with 33 tackles. Twelve of them came in Sunday’s win. Nine were of the solo variety.
"I’m just going to try to keep that streak rolling and keep getting these wins," said Queen.
The Ravens host Cincinnati (1-2-1) on Sunday afternoon. It’s Queen’s college teammate at LSU and the player drafted 27 spots ahead of him who is the future for the Bengals and already their most dangerous weapon - No. 1 overall selection, quarterback Joe Burrow. He has passed for 1,121 yards with 6 touchdowns and two interceptions.
"Great quarterback. He’s going to stay in the pocket and try to throw the ball. He’s going to take a hit and keep playing," said Queen.
Burrow is the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for 300-plus yards in three consecutive games.
"He’s been very effective," said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. "300 passing yard games, three of them in a row. That’s pretty remarkable."
Back to the injury report, left tackle Ronnie Stanley, defensive end Derek Wolfe and defensive tackle Justin Madubuike all returned to practice after missing Sunday’s win with injuries.