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Ravens coach John Harbaugh: Lamar Jackson ‘feels good’ on Monday after missing Bears game with illness

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Lamar Jackson was “feeling good” on Monday when he was too ill to play in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears.

Jackson expected to play Friday after practice without any problems, but his illness flared up on Saturday before the team left for Chicago. He woke up the next morning to perform in no shape, though he traveled to the stadium. His backup, Tyler Huntley, led the Ravens to a 16–13 comeback victory, and Jackson was the first to be congratulated in the postgame locker room.

Harbaugh described a “frenetic” pregame as the Ravens tried to determine which injured starters could play, noting that “it’s been like this all year.”

He didn’t see his starting quarterback on Monday, but Jackson is expected to attend the team’s walk-through on Tuesday. “I don’t want to say hope,” he said. “Because you know, who knows?”

Harbaugh also provided an update about starting Anthony Everett, who appeared on the team’s injury report on Friday and was listed as a suspect for a Bears game before sitting out. “I don’t expect him to be out for a long time,” he said. “It’s not a serious hamstring bid-uncoated injury. He just got into the game. I really thought he’d play in the game. He went out there and got it tested and he didn’t feel like he could go.”

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Harbaugh said outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, who went into injured reserve on Saturday, is expected to return this season after undergoing minor knee surgery. “It’s kind of a clean sweep,” he said.

Meanwhile, linebacker Malik Harrison was named on Monday to return to practice. Harrison, who was struck in the calf by a stray bullet after leaving a club in Cleveland last month, has been sitting out on the NFL’s non-football injury list for the past three weeks, as league rules require. In seven games and five starts this season, Harrison has made 22 tackles, including two for losses.

The Ravens also released two-way lineman Khalil McKenzie from the 53-man roster. Mackenzie, who had been cross-training as an offensive lineman in Baltimore, was active for four Ravens games this season, but played in just one.

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