Nov 27, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson leaves practice with quad issue

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson left Wednesday’s practice early after sustaining a quad injury during the session.

Jackson was officially listed as limited, marking the third consecutive week he has appeared on the injury report. He missed the Wednesday practice last week with a hip injury.

A Ravens spokesperson said Jackson left practice early to get treatment from trainers. As a result, Jackson did not meet with reporters after practice as scheduled and will meet with the media Thursday or Friday, the team said.

Jackson has played in all 11 games this season after missing five games with injuries in 2021. Previously, he had missed only one game due to injury in his first 57 games in the NFL. Jackson is 12th in the league in rushing yards with 755. He’s thrown for 2,231 yards and 17 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

The Ravens, 7-4 and coming off a frustrating loss at Jacksonville last week, host the Denver Broncos (3-8) on Sunday.

In addition to Jackson, TE Isaiah Likely (ankle), S Kyle Hamilton (knee) and OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) were also limited Wednesday. Three players did not participate due to illness — TE Nick Boyle, OT Daniel Faalele and OT Patrick Mekari. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey missed practice with an ankle injury.

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Sep 25, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) and Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) celebrate after a touchdown during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens’ Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews active vs. Panthers

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and tight end Mark Andrews are listed as active for Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers.

Jackson missed Friday’s practice due to illness for the Ravens (6-3). He was listed as questionable on the injury report along with Andrews, who is returning from a one-game absence due to knee and shoulder injuries.

While Jackson and Andrews are in the clear, the Ravens listed inactives are: running back Gus Edwards, cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis, linebacker Josh Bynes, guard Ben Cleveland, tight end Charlie Kolar and linebacker David Ojabo.

The Panthers (3-7) listed the following players as inactive for Sunday’s game: quarterback P.J. Walker, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, wide receiver Rashard Higgins, safeties Juston Burris and Myles Hartsfield, tight end Giovanni Ricci and tackle Larnel Coleman.

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fNov 7, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles away from New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (illness) misses Friday practice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed Friday’s practice with an illness, but coach John Harbaugh said Jackson will play Sunday against the visiting Carolina Panthers.

“He’ll be fine,” Harbaugh said. “He tried to get to practice but was just too sick.”

Harbaugh didn’t discuss the nature of Jackson’s illness.

Jackson, 25, has led the Ravens to a 6-3 record and first place in the AFC North this season. He has completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,768 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s added 635 rushing yards and two scores.

Baker Mayfield returns this week as the starting quarterback for the Panthers (3-7).

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Patriots defensive end #9 Matthew Judon tries to run down Ravens QB Lamar Jackson in the 1st quarter.

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2022 NFL MVP futures lean Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts

Lamar Jackson leads the NFL in touchdown passes, passer rating and is fourth in rushing, the type of stuff MVP seasons are built upon.

Betting on himself in contract negotiations with the Baltimore Ravens, Jackson has plenty of others betting on him, too.

Jackson closed the gap in MVP futures betting to +700 (FanDuel), behind only Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs (+600, FanDuel) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (+300).

There’s another QB in the picture: Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts is also +700 (FanDuel) for the undefeated Eagles.

Jackson pushed the Ravens past the New England Patriots in a 37-26 shootout on the heels of a 42-38 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. Credit Jackson for keeping the Ravens rolling while the defense hasn’t been up to typical standards.

He had a double-triple — more than 100 yards rushing and passing — for the 14th game in his career.

In three games, Jackson has 10 TD passes and a rating of 119.0. After rushing for 119 yards and a score against Miami, he added 107 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Patriots. Jackson, who won the 2019 MVP award, is averaging 9.3 yards per carry this season.

DraftKings bumped Hurts (+600) ahead of Jackson (+700), who is even with Mahomes. Allen is the DK favorite for MVP at +300. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is No. 5 on their list at +1400.

Hurts and Jackson are tied at +700 at Caesars Sportsbook behind Mahomes +550 and Allen +300. Tagovailoa is +1400 at Caesars followed by Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (+1600) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (+1800).

Week 1 darling Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings has settled at +6000 at Caesars and +7500 at FanDuel, the same odds available for Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and Colts quarterback Matt Ryan.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks to throw during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson ‘feeling good’ but passes on practice throws

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson wore a protective sleeve and didn’t throw during Wednesday’s practice, instead making an appearance on the injury report.

Jackson and coach John Harbaugh insist all is well even though Jackson was listed as limited in practice and wore an arm sleeve in the portion of the workout open to media. Jackson’s injury is to his right elbow according to the first injury report of the week from Baltimore.

“I’m feeling good. I’m going to be out there Sunday,” Jackson told reporters Wednesday when asked if he threw at all. “No. I’m going to throw Sunday. A lot Sunday.”

The Ravens (1-1) travel to New England to play the Patriots (1-1) in Week 3.

Jackson threw 29 times in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. He completed 21 for 318 yards and ran another nine times for 119 yards.

Harbaugh said Jackson is dealing with “normal, course of the season type thing.”

Jackson has an admirer who’ll be standing across the field on Sunday. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked Wednesday if Jackson has answered all of the pre-draft concerns.

“Without a doubt,” Belichick said. “He’s the type of player that’s an MVP candidate. … Wait until we see what his contract is, that will answer them.”

Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, joining cornerback Marlon Humphrey (groin) on the injury report as a DNP. However, running back JK Dobbins was a full participant and could play for the first time since last September.

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Aug 21, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks on against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens, QB Lamar Jackson fail to reach long-term deal

The Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson failed to come to terms on a long-term contract extension.

Jackson’s self-imposed Friday deadline passed without an agreement and he will earn $23 million on his fifth-year option this season, which opens Sunday at the New York Jets.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta confirmed in a statement Friday that the talks failed “despite best efforts on both sides.”

“We greatly appreciate how he has handled this process and we are excited about our team with Lamar leading the way,” DeCosta said. “We will continue to work towards a long-term contract after the season, but for now we are looking forward to a successful 2022 campaign.”

The Ravens can use the franchise tag on Jackson next offseason if an agreement still can’t be reached.

As a former league MVP, Jackson would seem to warrant a massive deal based on the recent quarterback market.

Arizona Cardinals star Kyler Murray received a five-year, $230.5 million extension last month with $160 million guaranteed. The Denver Broncos’ Russell Wilson signed a five-year contract extension last week worth a reported $245 million, including $165 million in guaranteed money.

Jackson, 25, is 37-12 as a starter since Baltimore drafted him in the first round in 2018. The two-time Pro Bowl pick and 2019 MVP has passed for 9,967 yards and 84 touchdowns and rushed for 3,673 yards and 21 touchdowns in 58 career games.

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Aug 27, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) on the sidelines during the third quarter of the game against the Washington Commanders at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson sets Friday deadline for new contract

Lamar Jackson has consistently said Week 1 is his deadline to get a new deal done with the Baltimore Ravens, and that day is Friday.

And a deal is not imminent, per reports. Jackson, who acts as his own agent, was asked Wednesday if the sides are close to a deal.

“I don’t know,” he said.

He did say he and the Ravens are still talking, but after Friday, that’s it.

“Kickoff I will not be talking about a contract,” Jackson said. “I’ll be thinking straight Jets around kickoff time.”

Jackson is entering his fifth-year option, which will pay him $23.016 million this season. Should the sides fail to reach an extension prior to the start of the season, the Ravens can still use their franchise tag on Jackson in the offseason.

The quarterback market evolved over the course of the year, to the point where Arizona Cardinals star Kyler Murray received a five-year, $230.5 million extension last month with $160 million guaranteed.

Just last week, Russell Wilson signed a five-year contract extension worth a reported $245 million, including $165 million in guaranteed money.

Jackson had a combined 18 interceptions over his first three seasons before throwing 13 picks in 12 games during 2021. He had 16 touchdown passes last season, a steep decline from his 2019 MVP total of 36.

He had 767 rushing yards and two touchdowns last season after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

The Ravens open with the New York Jets on Sunday.

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Aug 21, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks on against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

No action, Jackson: Ravens QB to sit again as clock ticks on contract

Head coach John Harbaugh is saving Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson for the regular season.

Baltimore’s starter is on the shelf again for the Ravens’ preseason finale with the Washington Commanders on Saturday, sticking with the approach Harbaugh and Jackson discussed prior to training camp.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman wanted to avoid any repeat of the season-ending injury to running back J.K. Dobbins in the 2021 preseason finale with Washington.

“When I sit back and try to think logically through it … I think back to a series here and a series there that we’ve played. What has that really gotten us?” Roman said of the decision not to play Jackson. “Did it make us feel better? It’s like, ‘I feel better; I saw him go out and execute these four basic plays and put a drive together.’”

What is left to be seen before the regular season kicks off Sept. 11 is whether the Ravens will pay Jackson. He is scheduled to make a salary of $23 million under the terms of his rookie contract fifth-year option.

Jackson, representing himself in negotiations rather than using an agent, is scheduled to be a free agent in March. He reportedly declined a massive offer in line with the deal the Kansas City Chiefs gave Patrick Mahomes. In July 2020, Mahomes signed a 10-year, $450 million deal with the Chiefs. Mahomes will make $46.7 million in 2023, or more than double Jackson’s 2022 salary.

Jackson, 25, said he won’t talk contract after the season starts, and his goal remains to be “The (Tom) Brady of Baltimore.”

But he’s not budging on the Week 1 deadline.

“It’s coming up. The season’s coming up. We’re going to be good for the season,” Jackson said.

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Aug 11, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) walks on the sidelines during the first half Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson: Contract negotiations end when season starts

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on Saturday announced a deadline for the end of his contract negotiations: the team’s season-opening game.

“We’re coming up to it. It’s coming up,” Jackson said when asked about a hard deadline. “The season’s coming up. We’re going to be good for the season.”

When asked if he hoped contract talks would be completed by the season opener, Jackson said, “Yeah, for sure.”

Jackson, 25, didn’t provide any updates on the status of the negotiations, however. He is one of the few high-profile NFL players who does not have representation.

Jackson is entering his fifth-year option, which will pay him $23.016 million this season. Should the sides fail to reach an extension prior to the start of the season, the Ravens can still use their franchise tag on Jackson in the offseason.

“The business part of it’s the business part of it. I’m very confident that it will get done when it gets done,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “You can’t really rush it. I don’t think either side wants to rush anything; both sides want to be happy when it’s all said and done, and probably both sides unhappy when it’s all said and done, to some degree, right? That’s kind of how it works.

“But he’s doing a great job. He’s practicing well; he’s a great leader; on the sideline, he’s right into the game. So, everything, thumbs up.”

The quarterback market evolved over the course of the year, to the point where Arizona Cardinals star Kyler Murray received a five-year, $230.5 million extension last month with $160 million guaranteed.

Jackson had a combined 18 interceptions over his first three seasons before throwing 13 picks in 12 games during 2021. He had 16 touchdown passes last season, a steep decline from his 2019 MVP total of 36.

He had 767 rushing yards and two touchdowns last season after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

The Ravens open the season on Sept. 11 against the host New York Jets.

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Jul 27, 2022; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws the ball during day one of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson thinks Ravens extension will get done before season

Lamar Jackson believes he will reach an agreement on a contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens before the regular season begins.

“I think so. I think so,” Jackson told reporters Thursday. “We’ll have to see.”

The star quarterback and 2019 NFL MVP added that there’s likely to be a “cut-off” before the start of the season where negotiations would be tabled if an extension isn’t in place.

Jackson said the parties have been discussing an extension “whenever we have free time.”

Jackson, entering his fifth NFL campaign, has maintained a laid-back attitude toward the negotiations throughout the year. Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said in March that Jackson appeared to be in no rush to get to the negotiating table.

“I think it takes two sides to actively put their heads together and get a deal worked out,” DeCosta said at the time. “We are ready to be there for Lamar at any point when he decides that he really wants to work on it, we will be.”

The quarterback market evolved over the course of the year, to the point where Kyler Murray, who was drafted a year after Jackson, received a five-year, $230.5 million extension this month with $160 million guaranteed.

Murray and his camp made their negotiations with the Arizona Cardinals public, with reports leaking out that Murray wouldn’t play for Arizona without a new deal. Jackson was asked Thursday why he decided to report to camp and practice with the Ravens while his contract future was unsettled.

“I want to win at the end of the day. I want to be great,” Jackson said. “I just want to be there for my brothers at the end of the day, you know? I don’t want to leave them out there hanging. That’s not me, that’s never been me.”

Jackson is currently slated to earn $23 million this season due to his fifth-year rookie contract option being picked up the Ravens in April of 2021.

–Field Level Media