Lamar Jackson not expected to play vs. Packers in Week 15
Lamar Jackson is reportedly unlikely to play versus the Packers in Week 15.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson hasn’t practiced all week due to an ankle injury he suffered last week against the Cleveland Browns.
Despite being listed as questionable on the Ravens’ injury report and not being ruled out, it seems the Green Bay Packers won’t be playing against the former NFL MVP on Sunday.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, there’s ‘not a very good chance’ Jackson will be able to play versus the Packers, meaning it will be backup Tyler Huntley starting.
“No one I’ve spoken with has ruled out him specifically, but certainly it is looking like Tyler Huntley is going to be the starter for the Baltimore Ravens,” Rapoport said.
The fact Jackson was unable to practice all week seemed to make it a long shot he would be able to play. Even in a best-case scenario for the Ravens, it’s difficult to imagine he would have been close to 100 percent.
If the former NFL MVP is indeed out of the game, it makes the Packers the clear favorites. Huntley played well last week and is a solid backup, but it’s hard to replace a player as good as Jackson.
But the Packers are dealing with plenty of injuries too. That includes quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who continues to play through a toe injury.
Already without key defensive players Jaire Alexander and Za’Darius Smith, it’s also looking like defensive tackle Kenny Clark will miss the game as he’s on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Still, Jackson’s injury changes this game a lot. Had he been 100 percent, the Packers’ defense could have had real problems trying to slow down the Ravens’ offense. If he’s out of the game, the Packers will be expected to win.
It’s important to note that he hasn’t been ruled out yet, but Rapoport’s report suggests it’s unlikely he’ll be out there.