Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said Friday that he “wasn’t thinking about actions” when he wrote a “bitter” reply to a fan on Twitter after Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jackson later deleted the viral tweet, which told a fan questioning his value to “STFU” — “shut the [expletive] up” — and included a vulgar insult. He said Friday that he hadn’t reached out to the fan but that he apologized “if I hurt feelings out there.”
“I was mad,” said Jackson, who was coming off a last-minute 28-27 loss in Jacksonville in which the Ravens gave up another late lead. “I was mad after the game, and when I got onto social media, that was the first thing I saw. And I’d just busted my behind — my whole team did, coaches did, and that’s what I saw. And I just reacted to it. My bad. My bad.”
Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that he met with Jackson to discuss his “out of character” tweet, which had been retweeted thousands of times before he took it down Sunday night, at his girlfriend’s urging.
“My girlfriend was like, ‘I think you should delete it,’” Jackson said. “I’m like, ‘All right.’ Because I don’t know if I hurt somebody’s feelings. So I did. That’s just what it was. That’s why I deleted it.”
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Jackson said he wasn’t mad at the fan, who’d questioned whether the Ravens should commit financially to him and urged the front office to not re-sign him in free agency and instead “spend that money on a well rounded team.” Jackson said he has “got to love” — and joked that he “won’t say nothing on Twitter,” where he has over a million followers.
“Don’t say what I said, because it’s kids watching,” he said. “I don’t need the kids saying that. But it’s just watch what you say. Try to stay off Twitter, if anything, if something like that happens again. Hopefully, we’re not losing anymore.”
Jackson spoke Friday, two days later than his typical midweek availability, after leaving practice early on Wednesday to treat a quadriceps injury. He said he was kneed in the quad Sunday but that he was “good now.” Jackson, who hasn’t missed an offensive play this season, was a full participant in practice Friday and is expected to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (ankle) and safety Kyle Hamilton (knee) were full participants in practice Friday but are considered questionable to play against Denver. Humphrey suffered a minor knee injury against Jacksonville, while Hamilton sat out the game.
Left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle), who also missed the loss to the Jaguars, is questionable after a limited week of practice. If he can’t return, Patrick Mekari is expected to start in his place. Outside linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips, a special teams staple, is questionable after missing practice Thursday and Friday with a quad injury. Wide receiver Tylan Wallace (hamstring) was ruled out.
Denver, meanwhile, could be without three of its four most productive wide receivers in Baltimore. The Broncos ruled out KJ Hamler (hamstring) and listed top target Courtland Sutton (illness) and former first-round draft pick Jerry Jeudy (ankle) as questionable. Sutton missed practice Friday, while Jeudy was limited Friday in his first action of the week.
The Broncos also ruled out fullback Andrew Beck (hamstring/illness), reserve defensive end Jonathan Harris (knee) and reserve inside linebacker Dakota Allen (hamstring). Reserve cornerback K’Waun Williams (wrist/elbow/knee) is questionable.