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Lamar Jackson’s return date still up in the air

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After being forced to sit out the Baltimore Ravens’ recent matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it appears that Lamar Jackson’s return to the field still remains to be unclear at this point. The reigning league MVP, who was placed on Baltimore’s reserve/COVID-19 list after returning a positive result, has yet to be cleared by the doctors for a potential return.

It was Ravens coach John Harbaugh himself who provided an update on his star quarterback’s status, and at this point, even the 58-year-old shot-caller does not seem to have a firm idea as to Jackson’s timetable:

“They all have their different days when they’re possibly allowed to come back, but those are medical decisions, in the end, not coaching decisions,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun (h/t Michael David Smith of NBC Sports). “So when the doctors clear them to practice, that’s when we’ll have them.”

Needless to say, Jackson’s return appears to be out of anybody’s hands right now. The 23-year-old reportedly returned a positive test on Thanksgiving, and per league policy, players can be allowed back as early as 10 days after testing positive. That is, of course, under the assumption that said player does not show any symptoms and returns a negative result.

Baltimore’s next game is scheduled for next Tuesday against the Dallas Cowboys, which would have been 12 days from Jackson’s initial positive test.

It is how Jackson is currently progressing in his bout against the coronavirus, but one thing is clear: the Ravens need their superstar right now if they hope to keep their postseason hopes alive.