Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed practice Thursday with an illness, his first absence this season.

Jackson, who’s missed several practices over his Ravens career because he was sick, spoke to reporters after practice Wednesday and appeared fine. The Ravens, who are battling for home-field advantage in the AFC, host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to address reporters after practice Friday, the team’s final session of the week.

With the return of wide receiver Rashod Bateman, who missed practice Wednesday with an illness, Jackson was the only player absent. He was asked Wednesday about the spike in injuries sidelining NFL quarterbacks.

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“We don’t want to see any injuries happen in the league,” Jackson said. “We want everybody to go out there and give their all. When we play against teams, we want them to have their best, but we know it’s part of the game. I went down last year, the year before, but it happens in football. We just have to keep focus on what we can control.”

If Jackson can’t go, the Ravens would turn to backup Tyler Huntley, who started against the Rams in 2021. With Jackson sidelined by a bone bruise in his ankle late that season, Huntley went 20-for-32 for 197 yards and an interception in a narrow Week 17 home loss to the eventual Super Bowl champions.

Inside linebacker Malik Harrison, who missed the Ravens’ Week 12 win over the Los Angeles Chargers with a groin injury, was limited for the second straight day. Defensive lineman Justin Madubuike (concussion protocol) was upgraded from limited to full participation.

Jonas Shaffer is a Ravens beat writer for The Baltimore Banner. He previously covered the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun. Shaffer graduated from the University of Maryland and grew up in Silver Spring. 

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