Despite a scare for the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday with Lamar Jackson missing his first practice of the season, due to an illness, head coach John Harbaugh updated the media on Friday with news that the former MVP quarterback is “full of life”. It sounds like Lamar Jackson will indeed start against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday and Tyler Huntley will be the backup.
It’s good news for Jackson, the Ravens, and quite honestly NFL fans, but also makes it clear that if the Rams want to pull the upset then they’re going to need their A-game.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said QB Lamar Jackson has recovered from his illness.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 8, 2023
He described Jackson as “full of life.”
Sounds like Jackson will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Rams. pic.twitter.com/8M0jSchVrS
The last time the two teams met, the Rams beat the Ravens 20-19 but faced Huntley. The last time the Rams faced Lamar, the Ravens blew them out in 2019. MVP talk for this season has died down for Jackson, as he has just five total touchdowns in the last five games, but Baltimore hasn’t needed him to be that dominant lately. The Ravens have won five of their last six and only two of their wins this season have come by 7 points or less. As JB Scott wrote, Baltimore has been especially dominant against NFC competition.
At least the Rams will also have Matthew Stafford and would mostly appear to be healthy as well. Puka Nacua was a full participant on Thursday and Cooper Kupp or Kyren Williams are not on the injury report at all. It could be more of a shootout than it would have been this time a year ago, when both Jackson and Stafford were injured.