Nov 20, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90) reacts to the crowd against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. The Bengals won 37-30. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers stalking fifth straight win in Ravens rivalry

As the Baltimore Ravens continue to jockey for playoff position, a meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers might not be a welcome sight.

Baltimore has dropped four straight games against the Steelers but will look to reverse its fortunes against its AFC North rival when the teams clash on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

The Ravens (8-4) are well on their way to clinching a playoff berth for the fourth time in the last five seasons, but they still have an opportunity to drastically improve their chances of making a deep run.

With five games left, Baltimore sits just one game behind both Buffalo and Kansas City in the AFC. If the playoffs started now, the Ravens would face Miami in the wild-card round, but they haven’t lost sight of potentially rising to the top of the conference to secure a first-round bye.

However, accomplishing that just got a whole lot harder.

Star quarterback Lamar Jackson exited last Sunday’s 10-9 victory over the Denver Broncos with a knee injury at the end of the first quarter, and chances are he won’t be suiting up against the Steelers (5-7).

Jackson did not practice on Wednesday.

“I would say it’s kind of week-to-week,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson’s injury status. “As the week goes on, we’ll see for this week. Probably less likely for this week, but it’s not impossible. After that, it’ll become more and more likely.”

Tyler Huntley, who completed 27 of 32 passes for 187 yards and an interception against Denver, would draw the start under center if Jackson can’t go.

“Both quarterbacks play a similar game,” Harbaugh said. “(Huntley) can throw, he can run, he operates really well. … He’ll be excited to play and our guys will be fired up.”

Regardless of who will be directing the offense, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin knows his team has to try and keep them in the pocket.

“Quarterback mobility is going to be an issue in this game, no matter who is playing. We had better be sharp in that area,” Tomlin said. “We had better minimize that component of play.”

Although the Steelers’ playoff hopes are dwindling, they are determined to finish the season on a high note.

Pittsburgh had a strong showing last Sunday, beating Atlanta 19-16 for its third win in four games.

Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett continued to make strides in the right direction, playing turnover-free football for the fourth straight game while completing 16 of 28 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons.

“That’s what you have to do in December. That’s what you have to do as the road gets narrower,” Tomlin said. “Anybody that’s committed to winning here in December better develop an appetite for that.

“Hopefully we use those lessons learned as we move forward and continue to get better and grow, better define our division of labor, better understand our roles within this thing and more consistently engineer a formula that produces victory.”

Running back Najee Harris might not be able to help with that formula come Sunday after missing Wednesday’s practice with an oblique injury. Linebacker T.J. Watt (ribs) and receiver Diontae Johnson (hip) were limited.

In addition to Jackson, offensive lineman Patrick Mekari (toe) and cornerback Daryl Worley (hamstring) were held out of Baltimore’s practice. Linebackers Patrick Queen (thigh) and Kristian Welch (concussion) were limited.

–Field Level Media

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Ravens sign QB Brett Hundley to practice squad

The Baltimore Ravens signed veteran quarterback Brett Hundley to their practice squad on Monday in the aftermath of starter Lamar Jackson’s knee injury.

Hundley’s agent confirmed the move on social media.

Jackson left Sunday’s game against Denver in the first quarter with a sprained knee. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after the game that Jackson’s injury is not season-ending but will be a “number of days to weeks.”

On the final play of the first quarter, Jackson took a six-yard loss when he was sacked by Broncos linebacker Jonathon Cooper. Jackson then went to the medical tent. Before the sack, Jackson completed 3-of-4 passes for 11 yards and also gained nine yards on his only carry.

The Ravens trailed 3-0 when Jackson exited.

Tyler Huntley relieved Jackson as he did for the final four games of the 2021 season, when Jackson was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Huntley threw for 187 yards and an interception in the win over the Broncos. He was the Ravens’ leading rusher, carrying 10 times for 41 yards, including the game-winning touchdown on a 2-yard run with 28 seconds left.

Hundley, 29, is 3-6 lifetime as a starter, stepping in for Green Bay for nine starts in 2017. He’s thrown for 1,902 yards and nine touchdowns against 13 interceptions in 18 career games, including the nine starts. He spent time with Baltimore over the summer.

Huntley has appeared in 11 career games, including the four starts from 2021, and has thrown for 1,283 yards with no TDs and an interception.

The Ravens play at rival Pittsburgh this week.

–Field Level Media

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Ravens expect QB Lamar Jackson to miss ‘days to weeks’

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is out, but his season is not over.

Jackson sprained his left knee in the first quarter Sunday against the Denver Broncos, but Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said the injury is not season-ending.

“It’s a knee, but it’s not a season-ending type of knee (injury),” Harbaugh said. “It’s going to be a number of days to weeks. We’ll see. We’ll see if he can go back this week. If not, it will be sometime after that shortly.”

Harbaugh said he will know more Monday or Wednesday when the results of further testing become available through the medical staff.

On the final play of the first quarter, Jackson took a 6-yard loss when he was sacked by Broncos linebacker Jonathon Cooper, moving Baltimore back to its own 27-yard line. Jackson then headed for the medical tent and was replaced by Tyler Huntley, who promptly completed an 11-yard pass to Devin Duvernay.

Before the sack, Jackson completed three of four passes for 11 yards and also gained nine yards on his only carry. He entered Sunday with 17 passing touchdowns and three rushing scores while throwing for 2,231 yards and rushing for 755.

The Ravens trailed 3-0 when Jackson exited.

Huntley relieved Jackson as he did for the final four games of the 2021 season, when Jackson was sidelined with an ankle injury.

Against Denver, Huntley completed 27 of 32 passes for 187 yards and had 10 carries for 41 yards, including the game-winning touchdown on a 2-yard run with 28 seconds left.

“We’ll take that win,” Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said. “No matter how it comes.”

–Field Level Media

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Tyler Huntley leads game-winning drive for Ravens vs. Broncos

Tyler Huntley relieved an injured Lamar Jackson and scored on a two-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds remaining as the host Baltimore Ravens rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon.

The Ravens (8-4) escaped with a dramatic win after Jackson was injured while being sacked for a six-yard loss by Denver’s Jonathon Cooper on the final play of the first quarter. The Ravens initially said Jackson was questionable to return and then ruled him out before the second half started.

Baltimore got the ball back with 5:02 remaining and nearly lost possession when Justice Hill nearly lost a fumble at the Ravens’ 46. A defensive pass interference penalty on Patrick Surtain moved Baltimore to the Denver 37 and Isaiah Likely hauled in a 12-yard catch.

Three plays later, Baltimore converted a 4th-and-2 when Huntley ran three yards to the Denver 15. On the next play, running back Kenyan Drake made a diving catch for a 13-yard gain and following a timeout, Huntley easily ran up the middle to give Baltimore the lead.

After Huntley’s dramatic run, Denver reached the Baltimore 45 and the game ended when Brandon McManus missed a 63-yard field goal with two seconds remaining as the ball fell short of going through the middle of the uprights.

Huntley completed 27 of 32 passes for 187 yards and also ran 10 times for 41 yards as the Ravens won for the fifth time in six games. Jackson was 3-for-4 for 11 yards before getting injured.

Denver (3-9) lost its fourth straight and was held to 16 points or fewer for the 10th time this season. Russell Wilson completed 17 of 22 passes for 189 yards.

McManus kicked a 52-yard field goal and a 41-yarder in the first half before making a 50-yard field goal late in the third.

Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter

After Denver could not convert a third-and-5, they settled for a 52-yard field goal by McManus with 9:03 left in the first. Baltimore tied it on Tucker’s field goal with 5:57 left in the second.

Denver opened its final drive of the first half when Wilson hit Jerry Jeudy for a 40-yard gain. The Broncos crossed midfield on a 22-yard reception by Greg Dulcich but settled for their 41-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining.

After safety Justin Simmons intercepted Huntley at the Baltimore 40 with 6:07 left, the Broncos took a 9-3 lead on the 50-yarder with 4:02 remaining

–Field Level Media

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson injures knee vs. Broncos

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson sustained a knee injury and is questionable to return for Sunday’s game against the visiting Denver Broncos.

On the final play of the first quarter, Jackson took a 6-yard loss when he was sacked by Denver linebacker Jonathon Cooper that moved Baltimore back to its own 27. Jackson headed for the medical tent and was replaced by Tyler Huntley, who promptly completed an 11-yard pass to Devin Duvernay

Before the sack, Jackson completed three of four passes for 11 yards and also gained nine yards on his only carry. He entered Sunday with 17 passing touchdowns and three rushing scores while throwing for 2,231 yards.

The Ravens trailed 3-0 when Jackson exited.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; London, United Kingdom, Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) is congratulated by wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos’ Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy active vs. Ravens

Denver Broncos wide receivers Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy are both active for Sunday’s game against the host Baltimore Ravens.

Sutton (illness) and Jeudy (ankle) were both listed as questionable for the game.

Sutton leads the Broncos in catches (52) and receiving yards (688), while Jeudy tops the club in touchdown receptions (three).

Denver (3-8) listed the following players as inactive: cornerbacks K’Waun Williams and Michael Ojemudia, safety Anthony Harris, linebacker Dakota Allen, tight end/fullback Andrew Beck, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam and defensive lineman Jonathan Harris.

The Ravens (7-4) listed the following players as inactive: tackle Ronnie Stanley, cornerback Pepe Williams, running back Mike Davis, tight end Charlie Kolar and linebackers Del’Shawn Phillips, Josh Bynes and David Ojabo.

–Field Level Media

Baltimore Ravens place kicker Justin Tucker (9) reacts to his field goal made during the first quarter of a regular season NFL football matchup Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The Jaguars edged the Ravens 28-27. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

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Ravens hope to avoid late-game trends vs. Broncos

The Baltimore Ravens will look to end their trend of late-game collapses Sunday when they host the reeling Denver Broncos.

Baltimore has led by more than one score in all four of its losses this season, including squandering a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter of a 28-27 loss against host Jacksonville last Sunday.

The Ravens (7-4) went just 2-for-5 in the red zone, as they settled for Justin Tucker field goals on their first three trips inside Jacksonville’s 20-yard line.

“It’s two things always: It’s going to be execution and scheme, and it’s scheme and execution,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said when asked about the Ravens’ red-zone issues. “So, that has been a major focus for us as coaches to try to get the right plays up down there. At times, we’ve had the right plays and we haven’t executed them.”

Meanwhile, the Broncos (3-8) are a loss away from their sixth consecutive losing season. They are coming off a 23-10 setback to the host Carolina Panthers that was their third loss in a row and seventh in eight games.

“This is not where we wanted to be at this time in the season,” Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “None of us thought it would be like that, and that responsibility is fully on me.

“We, as a group, have to come together and try to find a way to win a football game.”

While the game appeared to be a marquee matchup between top quarterbacks at season’s outset, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Denver’s Russell Wilson haven’t played as well as expected.

Jackson was limited at practice on Wednesday due to a quad injury, but he’s expected to play on Sunday. He missed the final four games last year with an injured ankle. He has completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 2,231 yards — an average of 202.8 per game — with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The 2019 MVP is also averaging 68.6 rushing yards a game.

Wilson has completed 58.9 percent of his passes and is averaging 236.9 yards this season, with just eight touchdown passes against five interceptions. After leading the Seahawks to the playoffs eight times in his 10 seasons in Seattle — including two Super Bowls — he was widely considered to be the key ingredient in the Broncos’ return to NFL relevance when he arrived in the offseason and signed a monster contract.

The Ravens own the league’s second-best rushing offense (162.7 ypg), which will look to exploit a Broncos’ run defense that ranks 19th in stopping the run (121.6 ypg.)

Kenyan Drake, though, (85 carries, 392 yards, 3 TDs) has rushed for only 48 yards the past two games, including just 2 against the Jaguars.

The Broncos will lean on former Raven Latavius Murray (358 yards, 4 TDs) after waiving leading rusher Melvin Gordon last week, largely because he had five fumbles this season.

For the Ravens, tight end Nick Boyle (illness), offensive tackle Daniel Faalele (illness), cornerback Marlon Humphrey (ankle) and offensive tackle Patrick Mercari all did not practice on Wednesday.

For the Broncos, linebacker Dakota Allen (hamstring), tight end Andrew Beck (hamstring), receiver KJ Hamler (hamstring), defensive tackle Jonathan Harris (knee) and receiver Jerry Jeudy (ankle) were among those who didn’t practice on Wednesday.

However, none of them have been ruled out for Sunday.

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2020; Kissimmiee, Florida, USA; Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman during AFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford contacts Ravens OC Greg Roman

Stanford discussed its coaching vacancy with Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

The Cardinal are beginning the search for a replacement for David Shaw, who resigned after 12 seasons at Stanford.

Roman was contacted by Stanford regarding the job, the Baltimore Ravens confirmed.

“Greg talked to me, said there’s been some contact there,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. “I think it’s very preliminary right now. We have really great coaches, they’re going to have opportunities. We try to encourage that and support that any way we can.”

Roman has been an assistant coach with the Ravens since 2017 and was an offensive assistant at Stanford in 2009 and 2010 under Jim Harbaugh.

Harbaugh ended the chat about Roman with media when asked if his play-caller’s replacement was on the current Baltimore staff.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Harbaugh said. “I think we’re pretty far from that at this point.”

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) and linebacker Josh Allen (41) try to run down Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during early fourth quarter action. Offsetting penalties negated the play. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Baltimore Ravens at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, November 27, 2022. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson deletes profane tweet

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson tweeted — and then deleted — a profane response to a social-media critic after the Ravens’ loss on Sunday.

The Ravens fell 28-27 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, with Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker coming up short on a 67-yard field-goal attempt at the last second.

A person on Twitter posted, “When someone is asking for over 250 mil guaranteed like (Jackson) … games like this should not come down to (Tucker). Let Lamar walk and spend that money on a well-rounded team.”

Jackson’s response started by using an abbreviation telling the person to shut the (bleep) up, adding that the his critic “never smelt a football field,” and then using a swear and a phrase that members of the gay community called homophobic.

When an ESPN reporter tweeted that Jackson used “an anti-gay phrase,” Jackson responded on Monday by tweeting, “This is Defamation of my character, Because not once have I ever mentioned or disrespect anyone’s Sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, Religion or Race.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, asked about the controversy, stood up for his quarterback.

“(I) just beg guys to not to get into the Twitter world right after the game, especially after a loss,” Harbaugh said Monday. “It’s never going to be positive. It’s not going be a nice place, you know? That’s kind of reflected in Lamar’s response because … that’s not the way he speaks. It’s not the way he talks. It’s not the words he ever uses. I’ve never heard him say things like that before. …

“Lamar Jackson, you’ve been around him. He’s got one of the biggest hearts of anybody I know. You all have seen him the way he treats people, the way he treats kids, the way he treats the media. And he is also one of the biggest competitors I’ve ever met. So those kind of conversations he takes very seriously.

“You get trapped sometimes by someone that’s baiting you just a little bit. And you can’t live there. I think that’s not a place he wants to be, and that’s certainly not things that he wants to say.”

The Ravens (7-4) saw their four-game winning streak end on Sunday, leaving them tied for first place with the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson completed 16 of 32 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown, and he ran 14 times for 89 yards at Jacksonville.

–Field Level Media