Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has taken the football world by storm this season. Baltimore has fitted its system to Jackson’s strengths and abilities. For the first time in years, it appears the AFC has parity.
Jackson has been critical to the Ravens’ 6-2 start to the 2019-20 season. But the Baltimore quarterback missed the team’s practice on Thursday.
According to a report from Jeff Zrebiec, Jackson was not present during the open portion of Thursday’s practice. Robert Griffin III received first-team reps in Jackson’s absence.
It appears there’s no reason to panic, though. Zrebiec reports that Jackson missed the practice due to illness. His absence has nothing to with an injury.
Jackson has been dealing with an illness: https://t.co/DuNF10Ic4u
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) November 7, 2019
This is certainly a relief for Ravens fans. Losing Jackson would be detrimental for a team with such high aspirations this season.
Baltimore currently sits atop the AFC North Division at 6-2. But the Steelers have won three straight en route to a 4-4 record. The Ravens must keep winning to hold off Pittsburgh.
Through eight games this season, Jackson has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 1,813 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s just as much a threat on the ground as he is through the air. The Ravens quarterback has ran the ball 99 times for 637 yards and five scores.
Jackson is playing like the MVP candidate at this point in the season. He now looks to get healthy for the Ravens’ game against the Bengals on Sunday.