OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Quarterback Lamar Jackson was nowhere to be found during the portion of the Ravens walkthrough practice the media was permitted to record on Monday. The team’s most valuable player did eventually show up and was limited at practice, per the Ravens’ injury report.
“It’s a quad injury,” said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. “It happened in the game when they hit him down there around the knee. And that’s what it was.”
The injury is believed to have happened during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-17 win in Buffalo.
With Baltimore hosting the New York Jets on Thursday all injury reports put out by the team are an estimation.
“It’s not a serious injury in that sense. But, this is day-to-day and we play Thursday night. So, we’ll see where we’re at,” said Harbaugh.
Lamar isn’t the only big name player who is hurt. Tight end Mark Andrews and left tackle Ronnie Stanley missed practice on Monday. Andrews has a knee bruise. Stanley is dealing with a concussion. Harbaugh wouldn’t comment on the status of either. If Andrews can’t play Thursday, Nick Boyle is ready to step up along with Hayden Hurst and Pat Ricard.
“We’re all interchangeable,” said the tight end Boyle. “We know all the plays. We all know the formulas. So, if Mark is ready to go, great. If he’s not ready to go, Hayden and I, Pat, we’ll all have a handle and I don’t think there will be any problems with that.”
The one problem the entire team is dealing with this week is the short week. The biggest challenges with just three full days to prepare for another game:
“Just getting your body back right. I guess that’s what old people say. Just getting healthy. It's a quick turnaround, obviously. So, the game plan is not going to change too much. Just physically and getting mentally ready to turn around and do it again,” said cornerback Jimmy Smith.
We should hear more about Lamar Jackson’s status following Tuesday’s practice. He is scheduled to speak to the media around 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.