Lamar Jackson returns to practice after back problems


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Lamar Jackson returns to practice after back problems

Jackson moved well during the open-to-media portion of the practice and didn’t seem to suffer from his back.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, Lamar Jackson, looked “great” on his return to practice on Friday, and could be in Sunday’s road game against the undefeated Denver Broncos.

Jackson did not participate in two consecutive practices due to back pain and it is listed as questionable for Sunday.

When asked about Jackson’s chances of starting against the Broncos, coach John Harbaugh said, “Today was a full game.”

Jackson moved well during the open-to-media portion of the practice and did not appear to suffer from his back at any point. He threw running, moved freely in the bag and even jumped in when an assistant threw the ball at him.

“I feel like it looked really good,” the Ravens wide receiver said, Marquise Brown. “He has looked good all season. He has been accurate. [Estoy] happy he’s back to practicing. “

On Thursday, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Jackson was dealing with “a little back pain” and indicated he didn’t think it was serious.

Jackson faces one of the best defenses in the NFL in Denver. The Broncos only allow 8.7 points per game, the league’s lowest, and linebacker Von Miller named AFC Defensive Player of the Month with four catches.

It was the second time in four years for Jackson in the league that he has been sidelined in consecutive practices. He has never missed a game due to injury.

The other time Jackson was out in back-to-back practice was last season, when he was relegated with a knee injury and illness. Then, he ran just twice (his least in his career) in a 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

This season, Jackson has been hit 44 times, the most in the NFL, including 12 in Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions.

Through three games, Jackson has charged Baltimore’s offense, leading the NFL in rushing yards (7.2) and complete pass yards (14.4). He has four runs of 20-plus yards, the best in the league, and has hit on 14 passes of 20-yards or more, ranking fourth in the NFL.


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