Jackson hasn’t played or practiced since December 4, and he is not trending in a positive trajectory at the moment.
Lamar Jackson has tried to do some work on his injured knee but hasn’t felt right to this point. He’s yet to practice at all since getting hurt, as the #Ravens begin their practice week for the #Bengals today. https://t.co/0UDzgCz7Dc
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 11, 2023
Today, the Ravens began practicing for their matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend, but again, are without Jackson.
At this point, it appears that he will need to make a miraculous recovery in order to even be considered to play this weekend.
The Ravens have lost three out of their last four games, including a loss to the Bengals this past weekend.
Without Jackson, although the Ravens might have a small chance to pull out a victory, they are at a severe disadvantage in the matchup with the Bengals, considering that they are at full health, and are peaking at the right time.
There is another nuance to this whole situation: Jackson’s contract.
Jackson has yet to be signed to a long-term deal with the Ravens, who just agreed to a five-year, $100 million deal with linebacker Roquan Smith.
Is this a sign of things to come for Jackson, that the Ravens will sign him to a long-term deal?
Or, does the signing of Smith come as a detriment to Jackson, considering that they already have one superstar on the books?
If Jackson happens to not get signed by the Ravens, he will certainly get a large contract in free agency, assuming the Ravens let him walk.