Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh addressed the media on Monday to provide some information about the status of a few players on the injury front, including quarterback Lamar Jackson (who sat Sunday's fourth quarter) and outside linebacker David Ojabo (on Injured Reserve since early October).
Harbaugh said that Lamar Jackson is "completely fine" after a brief injury scare in Sunday's 37-3 win over Seattle.
More than because of the injury, the benching was the consequence of the beatdown of the Seahawks and simply a cautious and smart way of avoiding any unnecessary risk with the victory already in the bag.
Jackson was seen limping after getting tackled by Bobby Wagner on a fourth-down snap, but the quarterback reassured fans, saying, "I feel great" following the end of Sunday's matchup. Tyler Huntley got to the field with Jackson hitting the pine and the backup quarterback tossed a touchdown to Odell Beckham Jr. (his first one with Baltimore) on his birthday.
On other, more concerning injury news, Harbaugh teased a very horrible update coming in the next few hours and days and linked to the health of outside linebacker David Ojabo, who has been sidelined with ankle/knee injuries since Week 3 and has not graced the field ever since.
Ojabo, if you remember, opted against undergoing surgery preferring to naturally rehab his injuries throughout the season to eventually make his return, optimally before the start of the postseason. That might not happen, folks.
"I don’t want to make an announcement on [Ojabo's health]," Harbaugh said, "but we’ll have an announcement soon." Read between the lines, and you can feel something's wrong here.
Last season, Ojabo barely appeared in a few games following an Achilles injury as he tore it before the draft and had to spend nearly all year recovering from it. Back in mid-October, Ojabo said that there was "no timetable" for his return, although he revealed that he was "just rehabbing" and "taking it day by day."
Despite Ojabo's absence, the Ravens still lead the NFL in sacks with 35 mostly thanks to the contributions of veteran free agent singings Kyle Van Noy and Jadeveon Clowney, along with an impressive Justin Madubuike on the front line and fellow edge Odafe Oweh (when he's been available).
Harbaugh wasn't asked nor provided any update on the potential return of outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, however, who has been out since the start of training camp and has yet to play a game this season while keeping everybody guessing about his status, availability, and simply hiswillingness to make a comeback.