Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Still Missing Practice

At 10-5, the Baltimore Ravens have clinched a playoff spot in the AFC this season. That affords them a little bit of flexibility as to how they approach the final two weeks of their schedule, and that may include taking it easy with their star passer. Quarterback Lamar Jackson remained out at Wednesday's practice, indicating he may miss Week 17's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jackson has missed three games since spraining his knee in the Ravens' Week 13 10-9 win over the Denver Broncos. Tyler Huntley has played in his stead to middling results, leading the Ravens to three wins in his last four appearances while only scoring 11.5 points per game over that span.

Reports last week suggested Jackson would test his knee this week in pursuit of a potential return to practice and game action, but the Ravens may have adjusted their strategy after various results in Week 16 broke in their favor. Either that or they haven't liked what they've seen from Jackson in private.

If the Ravens believe they can beat the Steelers this week without Jackson, there's definitely a logic to holding him out another week. The Ravens topped the Steelers in Pittsburgh 16-14 with Huntley starting in Week 14, so it's not impossible they can do it again in Baltimore on Sunday. If so, the Ravens could have Jackson back in peak health for their season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. The winner of that game would win the AFC North and earn a home playoff game in the Wildcard round.
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