Baltimore Ravens

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson misses practice with non-COVID illness, still expected to play vs. Lions

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed Thursday’s practice with an illness unrelated to the coronavirus but is expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

With Jackson absent, the Ravens had only two quarterbacks available Thursday, backup Tyler Huntley and practice squad player Trace McSorley. The team is scheduled to practice Friday before flying to Detroit.


Jackson said before practice Wednesday that he was “kind of sore” after landing on his backside on his flip into the end zone in Sunday’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but he was a full participant in the afternoon workout.

Four other Ravens missed practice: wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (ankle), a limited participant Wednesday; left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle); defensive end Derek Wolfe (back/hip); and safety DeShon Elliott (concussion). Stanley is not expected to be available Sunday, and Wolfe and Elliott will be considered unlikely to play if they don’t practice Friday.


Cornerback Tavon Young (knee) and defensive tackle Brandon Williams (neck), who returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday, were limited, along with outside linebacker Daelin Hayes (knee) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle).

In Detroit, starting linebacker Jamie Collins Sr., whom the team is reportedly open to trading, and starting outside linebacker Trey Flowers (shoulder/knee) did not practice Thursday. Starting running back D’Andre Swift (groin), starting wide receiver Kalif Raymond (thigh), starting defensive end Michael Brockers (shoulder) and starting outside linebacker Romeo Okwara (neck) were limited.

Lions wide receiver Tyrell Williams was placed on injured reserve with a concussion. He was hurt in a Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson flips into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Jackson was absent from practice Thursday after saying Wednesday he was sore.

Extra points

>> Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the Ravens had 36 different runs Sunday against Kansas City — “and I promise you, we had a lot more on the shelf.” They finished with 41 carries for 251 yards and three touchdowns.

>> Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said executive vice president Ozzie Newsome told him in the lead-up to the NFL draft, “You need to watch this [No.] 99 from Penn State,” referring to outside linebacker Odafe Oweh. “He’s a Raven.”

>> After a handful of missed tackles Sunday against Kansas City, Martindale said he wasn’t excusing the defense’s performance. “We took terrible angles. We need to corral the football, and make no bones about it, we’ve worked on it this week. So I’m expecting it to improve every week, and I’m not giving them an out, but those are tough tackles against that team.”