Ravens say QB Lamar Jackson’s knee injury is not season-ending

Ravens say QB Lamar Jackson’s knee injury is not season-ending

BALTIMORE — Lamar JacksonThe knee injury is not a season-ending one, but there is no definitive timetable for the Pro Bowl quarterback’s return, coach John Harbaugh said. Baltimore Ravens10-9 victory on top Denver Broncos on sunday

Jackson will undergo further tests on Monday. Harbaugh said the team will know by Wednesday how long Jackson will be out.

“It will be a number [of] from days to weeks. We’ll see,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see if he comes back this week. If not, it will be soon.”

Just like last year, Jackson was injured trying to escape the pass rush. And, just like last season, he was injured in December when the Ravens sat atop the AFC North standings.

On Sunday, Jackson was hurt on the last play of the first quarter when he was tackled by a Broncos quarterback. Jonathon Cooper. Jackson’s left knee appeared to go into the ground as Cooper landed on his back. After being evaluated in the medical tent, Jackson limped to the locker room with medics early in the second quarter and was ruled out early in the second half.

It’s the first time since Jackson injured his ankle in Week 14 last season. The Ravens, who were 8-4 at the time, lost their final five games with Jackson out and missed the playoffs.

This season, Jackson has led Baltimore to first place in the AFC North. The Ravens improved to 8-4 with Sunday’s win.

“There were a number of times guys could have said, ‘I’m sick, poor me,’ but guys just kept fighting and fighting and fighting,” Ravens tight end. Mark Andrews he said “Then finally [we] broke at the end. That’s awesome to see.”

Instead of Jackson, the backup quarterback Tyler Huntley game-winning drive, 91 yards in the final minutes of regulation. Huntley was 8-for-8 for 50 yards on the final drive and scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left.

Asked about his mindset if Jackson misses more games due to injury, Huntley said, “Like every week, just prepare. That’s it. That’s all.”

Huntley finished 27-for-32 with 187 yards on his first snaps of the season. Last season, he kept Baltimore competitive in place of Jackson, but went 1-3 as a starter.

“He has so much confidence,” Andrews said of Huntley. “You see how he plays. Things weren’t perfect, but for him to be able to come in — especially that last record — and do what he did, and have the composure he had, it just shows you how good he is. It really is, how much he’s learned. In Lamar I’m thinking, but you have to put your hat on ‘Snoop’. [Huntley] [and] how well he played It’s spectacular football.”

Jackson has been dealing with injuries lately. He missed a practice two weeks ago with a hip injury and was limited for one practice last week with a quadriceps injury. Jackson only missed four games in his career due to injuries last season.

It’s been a critical season for Jackson, who is in his fifth-year option and is not under contract for next year.

Injuries to Baltimore’s offense have piled up all season. Left port Ronnie Stanley (ankle) missed his second straight game, running high JK Dobbins (knee) is on injured reserve, and the No. 1 wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot) is out for the season.

“Character pays off in the end,” Harbaugh told his players in the locker room after the win. “That was a victory for the characters, absolutely.”

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