It's been a tale of two seasons for the Baltimore Ravens. Lamar Jackson started the first 12 games, and Baltimore was tied for the top spot in the AFC North at 8-4. Then with Jackson injured they closed out the season by going just 2-3, and now they're underdogs against the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card Round.
Considering the Ravens beat the Bengals with Jackson under center in Week 5 (then lost without him in Week 18), Lamar Jackson's knee injury is clearly the biggest storyline heading into this game. So will he play?
Latest Lamar Jackson Injury Update
The latest news on Lamar Jackson's knee injury is not looking good for Ravens fans. Jackson still hasn't returned to practice since Week 13, and it doesn't sound like he's expected to practice at all. In fact, he's reportedly facing an "uphill battle" to suit up on Sunday night.
This report is bad news, but it's not exactly surprising and it's right in line with everything else we've been hearing this week.
Head coach John Harbaugh didn't exactly sound confident when ruling Jackson out for the regular season finale last week, saying "He won't be playing in this game, and we're hopeful for next week. We'll see where we're at then."
Ian Rapaport then threw some cold water on the situation on Monday, revealing that Jackson's rehab wasn't looking promising on the Pat McAfee Show.
Of course, we can't be certain of his status until it's announced officially, but it's hard to see Jackson taking some sort of miraculous turnaround at this point. If he did play, there would be some serious question marks about how effective he could be, especially given how much his game is enhanced by his speed and agility.
The latest news has caused a shift in the betting odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, with the Bengals now favored by over a touchdown (7.5). The Ravens are +275 underdogs on the moneyline, and their +3700 odds to win the Super Bowl rank 10th among the 14 remaining teams.
Tyler Huntley's career 5.8 yards per pass attempt and 4.3 yards per carry aren't exactly going to cut it in the postseason, and that has many Ravens fans already looking ahead to the offseason and Lamar Jackson's impending free agency.
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