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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson misses practice as he recovers from ankle sprain; veteran QB Josh Johnson signed

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed practice Wednesday as he continues to recover from an ankle sprain ahead of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

“It’s day-to-day,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said before practice. “We are going to see how it responds. He’s not going to practice today, but we’ll see going forward.”

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Jackson injured his ankle during the Ravens’ 24-22 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Jackson limped off the field and was eventually carted into the locker room after being tackled from behind by Browns rookie inside linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in the second quarter.

Still, Harbaugh remained hopeful that the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player would be available Sunday. He said the Ravens’ Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, a potentially decisive matchup in the AFC North race, would not affect how they prepared for Green Bay.

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“I would say it factors in 0%, because we’re trying to win this game,” Harbaugh said. “You want to try to get every win you can.”

If Jackson can’t play — he’s never missed a game because of injury in his career — Tyler Huntley would make his second career start. The second-year player from Utah went 27-for-38 for 270 yards and a touchdown Sunday, and added six carries for 45 yards.

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“[Huntley’s] going to get the reps today. That’s what we know right now,” Harbaugh said. “So him getting the reps today, if he has to play on Sunday, will be a benefit. We’ll see where it goes from there. He may play or he may not be playing, depending on Lamar’s situation.”

As a potential insurance policy, the Ravens also signed veteran quarterback Josh Johnson off the New York Jets’ practice squad Wednesday, though he was not at the team’s afternoon practice. Johnson, 35, has played in 35 career games (eight starts), completing 177 of 313 passes (56.5%) with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. A fifth-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, Johnson has played for six teams, including a brief stint with the Ravens during training camp in 2016.

Along with Jackson, nine other Ravens were missing at the team’s Wednesday workout: left tackle Alejandro Villanueva (knee), left guard Ben Powers (foot), right tackle Tyre Phillips (illness), fullback Patrick Ricard (back/knee), wide receiver Tylan Wallace (concussion), defensive lineman Calais Campbell (thigh), outside linebacker Justin Houston (rest), and cornerbacks Chris Westry (knee) and Tavon Young (rest).

Right tackle Patrick Mekari, who missed the last week of practice and Sunday’s game with a hand injury, was back at practice as a limited participant. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who had limited snaps Sunday because of knee discomfort, and tight end Nick Boyle (knee), who was inactive Sunday after a limited week of practice, were also limited in their returns.

Wide receiver Miles Boykin, who’s played in just five games this season because of injuries, was a full participant in practice for the first time since suffering a finger injury last month. He last played in the Ravens’ Week 10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

In Green Bay, star quarterback Aaron Rodgers (toe), reserve wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion), reserve tight end Dominique Dafney (ankle) and starting right tackle Billy Turner (knee) did not practice. Rodgers is expected to play Sunday, while Turner is not.

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Packers star left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) practiced for the first time in over a month and was limited. Starting running back Aaron Jones (knee), starting wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) and reserve wide receiver Malik Taylor (abdomen) were limited.


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