Ravens: Lamar Jackson could return as soon as Friday’s practice

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The Baltimore Ravens have been without Lamar Jackson since last Wednesday after their star quarterback tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, he’s scheduled to return in the near future.

Head coach John Harbaugh spoke to reporters following Tuesday’s practice and he revealed that Jackson’s 10-day window will soon be up and that he’ll be returning on either Friday or Saturday.

The Ravens are off on Friday, but they’ll return to the practice field on Friday — perhaps alongside their superstar QB.

Since Jackson is unvaccinated, he was required to sit out the mandatory 10-day period. In his absence, the Ravens have had to rely on the duo of Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley to lead the way in practice.

Needless to say, the offense has struggled without their captain.

The Ravens are looking forward to the return of Lamar Jackson.

The offense has been a mess without Jackson with the defense dominating most days. McSorley and Huntley have each had their moments, but the unit has lacked the same spark that it has with the former MVP running the show.

Part of that is due to the injuries at other positions. The offensive line is beaten up with the likes of Ronnie Stanley, Kevin Zeitler, and Alejandro Villanueva all missing some time.

The wide receiver corps is also battling numerous injuries with Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin sidelined. Rashod Bateman and Sammy Watkins have each missed practices too.

But you can’t help but feel that things would be very different if Jackson were there.

Jackson’s absence affects more than just the quarterback position. This summer was supposed to be about Jackson establishing chemistry with his new targets — Watkins and Bateman chief among them.

How’s he supposed to do that when he’s sitting at home?

The Ravens are desperate for Jackson to return, and it seems as though that will happen this weekend — either on Friday or Saturday.

The same is true for the team’s newest free-agent addition, Justin Houston, who is expected to make his debut this weekend.

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The reinforcements are on the way for the Ravens. Lamar Jackson should be back before long.