Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley is on track to play in Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Browns after practicing for the third straight day Thursday.
Huntley, who has taken over for the injured Lamar Jackson, started the week in the NFL’s concussion protocol after being knocked out of Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was estimated to be limited in Tuesday’s walk-through, participated fully in Wednesday’s practice and participated in Thursday’s walk-through. Huntley and coach John Harbaugh confirmed that he exited concussion protocol after taking several tests following Wednesday’s practice.
Though Harbaugh did not say who will start at quarterback against the Browns, Huntley made it clear he’s expecting to play, adding that he never felt concussion symptoms. “I don’t think I had a concussion,” he told reporters Thursday. “With the protocols, they were doing their job, making sure I was safe. Clearly, I’m safe enough to play this week.”
He said a spotter called from above to place him in concussion protocol in Pittsburgh.
Huntley said offensive coordinator Greg Roman talked with him about being more judicious when he runs into contact. “It definitely is hard,” he said. “Because it’s like a 0.5-second decision you have to make. I’m not thinking of that; I’m trying to get the first down.”
Jackson remains sidelined by a knee injury he suffered in a Week 13 win over the Denver Broncos. He missed his sixth straight practice Thursday and was ruled out for Saturday’s game. In his absence, the Ravens could elevate not only undrafted rookie Anthony Brown, who replaced Huntley in the second half Sunday, but also veteran Brett Hundley from the practice squad.
Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley, outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul and cornerback Marcus Peters were also missing Thursday to rest ahead of Saturday’s game. Right tackle Morgan Moses, right guard Kevin Zeitler and punter Jordan Stout are all questionable to play, but they were estimated to be full participants in Thursday’s walk-through.
For the Browns, only reserve wide receiver David Bell (thumb/toe) is questionable. Starting wide receiver Amari Cooper (rest/hip) was limited Thursday after missing the first two practices, while starting safety John Johnson (knee) returned after missing Wednesday’s session. Starting tight end David Njoku (knee) and cornerback Denzel Ward (shoulder) practiced fully after being limited earlier this week.