The Ravens, starting quarterback, will not play against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday as he recovers from an ankle sprain against the Cleveland Browns last week.
Even though Jackson didn’t practice all week, coach John Harbaugh said the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player was day-to-day and there was a chance he could play.
“I would say he has a chance,” Harbaugh said on Friday. “It’s one of those things where … it’s an ankle sprain; if he starts feeling good and all is well, we’ll check him out, maybe pregame. He’s all in preparation and all that. We’ll see.” That’s where we are. But if not, we have Tyler [Huntley]And he’ll be ready to go.”
With Jackson sidelined, backup quarterback Tyler Huntley will make a second start to his career for the Ravens (8-5), who maintain a slim lead with four games to go at AFC North. When Jackson sat out 11 weeks with an illness, Huntley dramatically stepped into the starting role to lead the Ravens of the Chicago Bears, 16-13.
After Jackson’s exit early in the second quarter against the Browns, Huntley threw 270 yards and a touchdown, helping the Ravens rally from a 24-22 loss to a 24-3 deficit.
Sunday will be the first time Jackson has missed a game due to injury. He was sidelined for a Week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season after testing positive for COVID-19 and the 2019 regular-season finale after the Ravens received the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC were out.
Jackson is one of several Ravens starters who will miss Sunday’s game. Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Chris Westree, safety Chuck Clark and wide receiver Sammy Watkins were added to the reserve/COVID-19 list this week, further reducing a blistering secondary. The Ravens currently have 17 players on injured reserve and five on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
This story will be updated.