The Baltimore Ravens can in all probability breathe a sigh of reduction after head coach John Harbaugh introduced that beginning quarterback Lamar Jackson didn’t endure a season-ending damage on Sunday.
That is the excellent news.
The dangerous information is that it’s nonetheless unknown as to how lengthy Jackson shall be sidelined, and it additionally doesn’t take away the difficulty the Ravens are presently coping with as they enter the stretch run of the 2022 common season.
Jackson was injured within the first half of Sunday’s 10-9 win over the Denver Broncos and didn’t return for the second half with a knee damage.
He was sacked twice within the first half, with the second leading to an damage that hobbled him as he walked off the sector. He wanted help to climb the steps within the tunnel to result in the staff’s locker room.
Harbaugh mentioned Jackson will endure extra exams on Monday to assist decide his timeline, however at this level it’s one thing that may very well be “days” or “weeks” for Jackson.
With an 8-4 file the Ravens are nonetheless in a reasonably great spot within the playoff race, particularly with a remaining schedule that solely has one staff with a profitable file (Week 18 in opposition to Cincinnati), however they should be involved about the way in which the season has been trending over the previous few weeks.
Two weeks in the past they barely snuck out of Carolina with an unsightly 13-3 win in opposition to a nasty Panthers staff, after which final week allowed one other double-digit fourth quarter lead slip away in a 28-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With Jackson sidelined for many of Sunday’s recreation, the offense appeared sluggish with Tyler Huntley beneath middle and was lucky to sneak away with an unsightly win over a nasty Broncos staff when Brandon McManus’ 62-yard area aim try on the finish of regulation fell quick.
It isn’t the way in which a possible Super Bowl contender desires to be taking part in this late within the season, and now with Jackson injured and his standing not but identified for the short-term issues would possibly begin getting a bit tight for the Ravens down the stretch.