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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson absent from practice again ahead of regular-season finale against Steelers

Injured Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did not practice Wednesday as the team prepared for its regular-season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers with slim playoff hopes hanging in the balance.

Jackson has not played since he hobbled off the field with an ankle injury in the second quarter of the Ravens’ Week 14 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 12. He limped through a single practice last week but watched the team’s 20-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday from the sideline.

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said Jackson is still pressing for a return, but Harbaugh declined to say anything specific about his starting quarterback’s progress on Wednesday.

“I don’t see the value of taking about it at this time,” he said.

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Backup Tyler Huntley, who started against the Rams, was listed on the team’s injury report with an illness but was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

Other Ravens who did not practice, according to the injury report, were cornerback Anthony Averett (chest/ribs), outside linebacker Odafe Oweh (foot), tackle Patrick Mekari (hand) and fullback Patrick Ricard (knee). Neither Averett nor Oweh played against the Rams.

Guard Ben Powers (toe) returned to practice as a limited participant, while center Bradley Bozeman was listed with an illness but participated in full. Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young, outside linebacker Justin Houston and guard Kevin Zeitler received rest days.

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