Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s status for Week 18 is again in doubt due to a knee injury.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson entered the final year of his rookie contract with the Baltimore Ravens this season. He played three quarters of the season until he injured his knee in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos. He did not play in the team’s next four games. Could there be a return for the team’s regular season finale?
Jackson did not practice Wednesday before their Week 18 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Asked about Jackson’s status, head coach John Harbaugh said, “I’m just going to put all that aside and focus on the game and getting the guys ready for the game.”
With Jackson’s status for Week 18 uncertain, what are the chances of him making the playoffs?
Will Lamar Jackson play in the Ravens playoff games?
Jackson’s playoff status is currently unknown. Back on Jan. 2, Harbaugh was asked if maybe the quarterback didn’t have enough time to prepare for the playoffs.
“I just can’t think of it,” Harbaugh told the Ravens’ official website. “I’m just going to listen to the doctors and Lamar and we’ll prepare. The offense isn’t going to change drastically between Lamar and Tyler.
Long story short, fans and media should get a better idea of Jackson’s playoff status in the coming days.
As mentioned, Jackson is in the final year of his rookie contract and could become an unrestricted free agent. Of course, the Ravens could choose to place the franchise tag on him. If the team placed the exclusive franchise tag on Jackson, he would earn over $45 million for the 2023 season. This means Jackson would not be able to negotiate with other teams.
This season, Jackson has recorded 2,242 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 62.3% of his passes in 12 games. Jackson also rushed for 764 yards and three touchdowns on 112 carries.
The only thing that can be said is that we won’t know Jackson’s playoff status until we get closer to that moment. The first clue could come after the regular season finale.