Any time Lamar Jackson misses a practice, Baltimore Ravens fans start to sweat. Perhaps no player in the NFL is as important to his team's success as Jackson, who's 43-15 as a starter during the regular season since making his NFL debut in 2018.
Naturally, Ravens fans were concerned when it was revealed that Jackson missed practice just two days before their Week 11 showdown with the Carolina Panthers. Thankfully, Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh provided an encouraging update on Friday.
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According to Harbaugh, Jackson's absence was because of an illness and is not injury-related. Harbaugh also noted that the former MVP will start on Sunday as planned.
This is great news for the Ravens, who currently hold a one-game lead over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. Baltimore will look to remain in first place with a fourth straight win on Sunday against the lowly Carolina Panthers, who are just 3-7.
Jackson may be without his top tight end Mark Andrews, however, who is a game-time decision with shoulder and knee injuries. If Andrews sits again, Jackson will have to lean on rookie tight end Isaiah Likely in his absence.
Regardless, Baltimore remains heavily favored against Carolina. The Ravens are currently listed as 13-point home favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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