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Harbaugh on Jackson: ‘We just have to see’ on status for Week 17 vs. Steelers

Jackson could return this week, but Ravens have already clinched playoff spot.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson could potentially return to practice ahead of Week 17’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens have already clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Falcons on Saturday in Week 16.

Lamar Jackson injury updates

Monday, Dec. 26 — Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that “we have to see” on Jackson’s status for Sunday night vs. the Steelers in Week 17. The Ravens already have a playoff spot clinched, so there isn’t much to play for outside of seeding/matchups. Baltimore may not worry about that and let Jackson get some rest.

Jackson has been out with a knee injury since Week 13. He sustained the injury after getting sacked in the Ravens’ close victory over the Broncos.

Tyler Huntley has taken over in Jackson’s absence. Huntley is 2-1 as a starter and has passed for 528 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions over four games this season. One of his wins as a starter was over the Steelers.

Since the Ravens have already clinched a playoff berth, they may not be in any hurry to get Jackson back on the field and could give him an extra week of recovery time. With Jackson’s run-heavy style, some extra time could ensure that he is back at full health in time for the playoffs to begin.