Packers: ‘Wait-and-see’ whether Lamar Jackson starts for Ravens

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The Green Bay Packers still don’t know which quarterback they will be playing against when they take on the Baltimore Ravens this week.

Former MVP Lamar Jackson suffered an ankle injury in the Ravens’ game against the Cleveland Browns last week, and he was unable to return.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that “it’s a little more wait-and-see than it was yesterday” when talking about Jackson’s status for Sunday’s game.

Rapoport notes that Jackson didn’t suffer a high-ankle sprain so it’s possible he’ll be able to play on Sunday, but right now it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to practice on Wednesday. Rapoport also spoke about Jackson potentially being limited if he does play.

An ankle injury would limit any quarterback, but it could affect Jackson’s game more than any other. Jackson is better than any other quarterback at extending plays by running the ball. If he’s limited due to injury, how much running will he able to do?

If he does play, the Packers’ plan will be to make Jackson stay in the pocket as much as possible and pass the ball to win.

Of course, Jackson’s status for this game is huge. If he’s unable to play or is limited, the NFC-leading Packers will be strong favorites. If Jackson is out there and able to play close to 100 percent, it’s a far more even game.

That said, backup quarterback Tyler Huntley played well last week. He threw for 270 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 99.7 against the Browns, while also rushing six times for 45 yards.

For now, it seems nobody knows whether Jackson will be out there for Sunday’s game or rested. This is something we’ll have to follow closely throughout the week.

But it does seem the Packers will either be playing against a limited Jackson, or Huntley, on Sunday. We’ll see.