Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson returned to practice Friday, quieting concerns that a back injury might sideline him for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.
Jackson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Thursday that he was “dealing with a little back flare-up,” which he said wasn’t serious. But coach John Harbaugh said after practice Friday that Jackson was a full participant in the session, a promising sign for his availability this weekend.
Jackson, who spoke to reporters before practice Wednesday without any apparent pain, did not appear to be limited as he went through positional drills Friday but was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. If he can’t play, the Ravens would turn to second-year backup Tyler Huntley, who’s never started an NFL game.
Meanwhile, left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) will miss his third straight game, while defensive end Derek Wolfe (hip/back) is out for the fourth consecutive week.
Including Jackson, nine Ravens are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Safety DeShon Elliott (quadriceps) is unlikely to be available after missing all three practices this week. Cornerback Anthony Averett (ankle) also sat out Friday.
Safeties Chuck Clark (hip) and Geno Stone (thigh), outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (shoulder) and offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva (knee) were limited participants Friday, while cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey (knee) and Tavon Young (knee) practiced fully.
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Defensive lineman Calais Campbell and outside linebacker Justin Houston both received the day off Friday.
Wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin, who were activated off injured reserve Wednesday, “made good progress” this week, Harbaugh said. Both were full participants in practice this week.
In Denver, the Broncos ruled out starting guard Graham Glasgow with a knee injury. Second-year player Netane Muti is expected to fill in. Fellow guard Dalton Risner (ankle) is listed as questionable after missing two practices and being limited Friday.
Inside linebacker Baron Browning (back), running back Melvin Gordon III (ribs/lower leg), defensive ends Shelby Harris (wrist/illness) and Dre’Mont Jones (calf) and outside linebacker Andre Mintze (hamstring) are also questionable.