The Baltimore Ravens lost quarterback Lamar Jackson at the most pivotal part of Sunday’s game.
Jackson was sacked on a second down play in overtime with the Ravens trying to drive to tie or win the game. He appeared to land awkwardly on his lower left leg and remained down for several moments before leaving the field to be replaced by Robert Griffin III.
Lamar Jackson injured trying to avoid sack. RGIII in the game w the game on the line.
— Mike Jones (@ByMikeJones) December 9, 2018
Griffin threw incomplete passes on both third and fourth down, and the Ravens ended up losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-24.
Jackson had a concussion scare a week ago, but it turned out to be minor. Ultimately, even if the issue doesn’t prove to be serious, there wasn’t enough time for the Ravens to evaluate and treat it and get him back in the game.
The good news for Joe Flacco is that he has progressed enough from a hip injury to practice in full on Friday. The bad news is he might not be a starter in his next game.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke with the media on Friday and said that Flacco participated in full at practice. Harbaugh said Flacco hasn’t been cleared yet but that could happen this week. He also said Flacco could serve as Lamar Jackson’s backup.
Harbaugh said Flacco was a full participant at practice. Said he hasn’t been cleared yet but that could come before Sunday. Said there’s a scenario where Flacco could be backup Sunday.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) December 7, 2018
Jackson has started Baltimore’s last three games and gone 3-0. That all could change on Sunday with the Ravens traveling to Kansas City to face the 10-2 Chiefs.
Jackson has gone 46/77 for 540 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 404 yards and three touchdowns, which has been a big factor. Flacco has passed for 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions this season.
Week 13 of the NFL season came with no shortage of surprising. One of the most disappointing results led to a major coach firing, some QBs who had been playing well stunk up the joint, and a franchise did something they had never done before — and not in a good way. Whether they were teams or players or units, there were several disappointments from Week 13 of the NFL season. Let’s take a look at them.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
Much will be speculated about Newton’s health, but whether his shoulder was a factor or not — and there is some reason to believe it was at least partially — he was really poor on Sunday against a vulnerable Tampa Bay secondary. While he threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns, he was picked off four times, and it could have been more. The turnovers are unacceptable and were the primary reason the Panthers couldn’t break their losing streak in a winnable game. He certainly bears watching going forward.
Lamar Jackson returned for the Baltimore Ravens after being cleared from concussion protocol during Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Jackson entered concussion protocol after completing a drive in the third quarter. He was checked in the medical tent and then in the team’s locker room. The rookie quarterback was eventually cleared and returned to the field after missing a possession.
Robert Griffin III, who is serving as the team’s backup with Joe Flacco injured, led the Ravens on a 14-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a field goal.
Jackson was making his third straight start for Baltimore and looking to go 3-0. If he is able to do so, the Ravens will have a tough choice on their hands regarding who will be the team’s starter in Week 14.
The Baltimore Ravens are getting very thin at quarterback.
Lamar Jackson was placed in concussion protocol after completing a 10-play drive during the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. After being evaluated in the medical tent, he went down the tunnel and was replaced by third-string quarterback Robert Griffin III for Baltimore’s next drive.
Lamar Jackson is in concussion protocol.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) December 2, 2018
It wasn’t entirely clear what happened to Jackson. He simply came off the field after a drive that ended in a field goal and went to the medical tent before leaving the field.
The Ravens are expected to get Joe Flacco back in practice ahead of a potential return next week, so if Jackson has to miss time, they’ll at least have their regular starter back. Until then, Griffin will have to get them by.
Lamar Jackson will remain the Baltimore Ravens’ starting quarterback in Week 13, according to a report.
NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo says that Jackson is set to start against the Atlanta Falcons. Joe Flacco has not been cleared from his hip injury yet.
The #Ravens plan to start Lamar Jackson against the #Falcons this Sunday, sources say. Joe Flacco (hip) has not been cleared as of now. There’s a chance that could change in the coming days but right now, Jackson remains the starter.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 27, 2018
Jackson has started two games in a row for the Ravens and the team won both contests. The rookie has gone 27/44 for 328 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions in the two games. He has one rushing touchdown and 190 rushing yards in the games. Baltimore is 6-5 this season.
Lamar Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to another win on Sunday and kept them squarely in the playoff hunt, and the team’s back-to-back victories could lead to head coach John Harbaugh having to make a tough decision.
Following Baltimore’s 34-17 win over the Oakland Raiders, Harbaugh said he is not going to get into naming a starter for Week 13. For what it’s worth, he did not commit to Joe Flacco being the starter when the veteran returns from a hip injury.
Harbaugh won’t answer whether Flacco is starter when he’s back. Said he won’t be making any announcements on that.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) November 25, 2018
A report from Sunday indicated that Flacco is expected to return from his hip injury and practice this week, and Harbaugh acknowledged that that would be right around the time the QB was supposed to be cleared.
While Jackson threw two interceptions on Sunday and was still able to beat a sub-par opponent, the Ravens had lost three consecutive games before the rookie took over as the starter and have now won two in a row. Sometimes a struggling team needs a spark, and it sure looks like Jackson has provided that in Baltimore.