Why Does Lamar Jackson Still Have Instability, Swelling in His Left Knee?

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Why Does Lamar Jackson still have instability, swelling in his left knee?
Why Does Lamar Jackson still have instability, swelling in his left knee? / Associated Press

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson provided a wealth of information in his two-tweet statement on Thursday afternoon.

To summarize:

  • He was diagnosed with a Grade 2 (borderline Grade 3) PCL sprain
  • Jackson has lingering swelling and instability in his knee related to the injury 
  • He is still undergoing treatment and is not 100%

From a medical standpoint, there’s no reason to doubt anything he said in the statement. By video, he appeared to suffer a Grade 2 PCL sprain when he was tackled and landed hard on his left knee in Week 13. 

Just over five weeks removed from the injury, it’s plausible he still has residual swelling and instability. In fact, the instability could linger for a long time. That is common with PCL injuries, although the knee adjusts and players can play through the instability once the ligament heals.

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a PCL sprain on Oct. 24, 2021 and still had residual laxity in his knee last August. 

Wilson appeared to suffer a severe ligament tear in preseason Week 1, but the residual laxity in his knee spared his ligaments and led to a bone bruise instead.

As detailed here, the Pro Football Docs have been optimistic about his chances of suiting up for the Wild Card round. Although he’s not 100%, Jackson could operate as a pocket passer with limited mobility if he chose to play.

Unlike the ankle bone bruise that kept him out the final four games of last season, this PCL sprain likely could not be made worse by playing on it a week early.

Tyler Huntley’s Shoulder Injury

Backup quarterback Tyler Huntley is reportedly a game-time decision for Sunday after logging limited practices on Thursday and Friday.

He is dealing with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, along with a wrist injury, and missed Week 18. Despite those injuries, the Pro Football Docs are optimistic about his chances to play in the Wild Card matchup against the Bengals.

Tendinitis is an issue that can be managed by limiting throws in practice. Although shoulder tendinitis is worse than elbow tendinitis, Matthew Stafford played through elbow tendinitis without issues this season.

Ravens vs. Bengals Wild Card Odds

The Bengals are favored by 8.5 points in Cincinnati and the over/under is 40.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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