Ravens news: Lamar Jackson says he is playing Thursday
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Lamar Jackson says he is playing on Thursday Night Football vs. Jets

Ravens, Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was a surprise inclusion on the team’s injury report on Monday, as the Ravens said he was dealing with a quad issue.

However, Baltimore fans don’t appear to have anything to fear.

Jackson participated in Tuesday’s walkthrough, and if that weren’t enough to indicate that he is well enough to play against the New York Jets on Thursday night, the second-year signal-caller said it himself:

“I feel great. I’ll be out there Thursday night,” Jackson said, via the team.

Given Jackson’s style of play, any injuries to his legs are obviously going to be a cause for concern, even if they are minor. But with the playoffs looming, you can bet that if Jackson does take the field on Thursday evening, it means that the Ravens gave him the go-ahead.

Baltimore will hold practice on Wednesday before issuing injury designations, but it seems like Jackson will be in the clear.

The 22-year-old is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season, as he has thrown for 2,677 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 66.3 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 109.2. In addition, he has rushed for 1,017 yards and seven scores while averaging a robust 6.7 yards per carry.

Most importantly, the Ravens are 11-2 and are in the driver’s seat in the race for the AFC’s No. 1 seed.

Jackson, who played his collegiate football at Louisville, was originally selected by Baltimore in the first round (32nd pick overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He took over as the Ravens’ starting quarterback midway through his rookie campaign.