OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It’s looking more and more like the Ravens will be without star quarterback Lamar Jackson for a fourth straight game in Week 17.
With Baltimore once again practicing indoors on Thursday, Jackson remained absent and still hasn’t practiced or played since injuring his left knee in the Dec. 4 win over Denver. Should the 2019 NFL MVP not play, Tyler Huntley would again start in his place as the Ravens host Pittsburgh for Sunday Night Football. A win over the Steelers would guarantee Baltimore the opportunity to face Cincinnati for the AFC North championship in the regular-season finale.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Jackson has remained engaged mentally and has been a helpful resource for Huntley while working his way back from a reported sprained PCL, an injury that’s already cost him nearly four full games.
“He’s working hard getting his rehab done,” Roman said. “The way we feel, the sooner we can get him back, the better. Especially heading into the playoffs, we’d love to get some work in before then, but you can’t rush Mother Nature. We have to make sure he’s right at the same time.
“We’re not the only team dealing with it or [that has] dealt with it this season. You don’t blink. You just keep moving, and we’ll try to get him out there as soon as we can.”
Six-time Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell (knee) and three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters (calf) also remained absent from practice after both sat out the Christmas Eve win over Atlanta. Both have been in the locker room during media access time this week — a sign that a player is usually getting close to a return — but neither has practiced since being injured in the second half of the Week 15 loss at Cleveland.
Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (groin) and safety Geno Stone (hamstring) both sat out Thursday’s practice, but Robinson was an observer on the sideline, an indication that his lack of participation was more of a precautionary measure.
The Steelers practiced without starting defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi, but he has been able to play through a lingering toe injury for several weeks now.
Below was Thursday’s full injury report:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: TE Nick Boyle (illness), DE Calais Campbell (knee), OL Trystan Colon (personal), RB J.K. Dobbins (rest), QB Lamar Jackson (knee), CB Marcus Peters (calf), WR Demarcus Robinson (rest/groin), S Geno Stone (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: OT Ronnie Stanley (rest)
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR DeSean Jackson (illness), OLB Jason Pierre-Paul (illness), CB Kevon Seymour (ankle)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: S Tre Norwood (hamstring), DL Larry Ogunjobi (toe/personal)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: ILB Myles Jack (groin/personal)
FULL PARTICIPATION: S Terrell Edmunds (hamstring/personal), WR Diontae Johnson (hip)