The Baltimore Ravens approached their first full participation on Wednesday's practice but they couldn't quite get there as one player missed the session. On Thursday, said player went back to the training ground but Baltimore faced another, much more unexpected absence as star quarterback Lamar Jackson was sidelined.
Jackson, however and similarly to Rashod Bateman a day earlier, was absent because of an illness and not having suffered any sort of physical injury. It was the the first practice Jackson has missed this season, getting listed as a "DNP" on Thursday's injury report.
Despite the absence, the nature of Jackson's illness remains undisclosed as nobody on the Ravens staff was able to share any details about it, putting Jackson's availability for Sunday's matchup in doubt.
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken refrained from commenting on Jackson's status, deferring to head coach John Harbaugh.
Harbaugh, as is always the case, didn't talk to reporters on Thursday so we'll have to wait for an update on Friday following the final practice of the week ahead of the Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams.
If Jackson's illness is worse than one would assume, then backup quarterback Tyler Huntley should be the man tasked with stepping up and starting against the Rams at The Bank this weekend.
Huntley has proven to be a reliable backup, of course, but that's far from being on par with Lamar Jackson and his ongoing MVP-level season.
Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman, who missed Wednesday's practice due to illness, returned as a full participant on Thursday. Defensive tackle Justin Madubuike was also upgraded to full participation after being limited on Wednesday.
Inside linebacker Trenton Simpson, who is also recovering from a concussion, participated fully for the second consecutive day and can be considered a near-lock to make the gameday squad this weekend.
Cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who missed the last two games due to a calf injury, also practiced in full for the second consecutive day. That confirms Harbaugh's positive vibes about his return shared with the media on Monday.
Finally, both OLB Malik Hamm and CB Damarion "Pepe" Williams logged their second consecutive full practice of the week after getting designated to return from IR this week and last month respectively.