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Lamar Jackson takes big step toward return for Ravens after stint on COVID-19 list

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After testing positive for the coronavirus for the second time in eight months, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was seen back at the team facility on Friday. While he wasn’t on the practice field, it a sight for sore eyes for Ravens fans to have him back in the building.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke on the matter, via ESPN.

“He’ll be back as soon as he can be,” Harbaugh said after Friday’s practice. “I’m excited for that. I’m looking forward to it.”

Jackson remains unvaccinated and the vaccination issue in the NFL has been a hot topic button for weeks now. It’s gotten to the point where even the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, is pleading for the Ravens star quarterback to get the vaccine.

“Lamar’s gotta get (vaccinated),” Hogan said. “With the rules the NFL put down, I can’t imagine a team wanting to forfeit a game or lose a chance at the playoffs and none of the players getting paid because someone won’t get a vaccine.”

Getting hit with the coronavirus twice in an eight month stretch is fairly uncommon but it’s the harsh reality that Jackson has gone through. With the NFL becoming more strict with their Covid-19 rules and guidelines, the last thing the Ravens need is to be forfeiting games due to a breakout of unvaccinated players. This goes for all other 31 teams as well, which is starting to put perhaps unfair pressure on those who haven’t received the vaccine.

It’s a tricky situation and the Ravens will just anxiously await the all clear for Jackson to return.