OWINGS MILLS, Md. — While welcoming free safety Marcus Williams back to the field for the first time in more than six weeks, the Ravens practiced without star quarterback Lamar Jackson as preparations continued for the Week 12 trip to Jacksonville.
Dealing with a hip injury sustained during the 13-3 win over Carolina, Jackson has now missed a practice in consecutive weeks after coming down with a stomach bug last Friday. Head coach John Harbaugh expressed little concern about his two-time Pro Bowl quarterback’s availability for Sunday, however.
“We had an issue from the [Panthers] game. He’s going to play in the game,” Harbaugh said, “but I just wanted to hold him back and let him rest today for practice.”
As expected, left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and safety Kyle Hamilton (knee) missed practice after exiting the Carolina game with third-quarter injuries. Harbaugh said an MRI on Stanley’s surgically repaired left ankle confirmed initial thoughts that he hadn’t suffered a serious injury, but the Ravens may still be without their star offensive lineman against the Jaguars.
Top reserve Patrick Mekari would make his third start of the season at left tackle if Stanley can’t play.
“We’ll still kind of work our way through the week. I’d put him in a day-to-day, game-day decision right now,” said Harbaugh, who offered the same description for Hamilton. “If that progresses later in the week, I’ll let you know. That’s up in the air right now.”
Designated to return to practice from injured reserve after being sidelined with a dislocated wrist in the Oct. 9 win over Cincinnati, Williams worked with a splint on his left wrist and will not play against the Jaguars, according to Harbaugh. He has a maximum 21-day practice window before the Ravens must activate him to the 53-man roster.
Signed to a five-year, $70 million contract as a free agent in March, Williams intercepted three passes in his first five games as a Raven before getting hurt against the Bengals.
“He looked good. He moved well,” Harbaugh said. “We have to get him back moving, get him back in shape, and he has a week or two of all that before he’ll be ready to go. But the main thing is the wrist will heal. We just need to make sure he’s in football shape.”
Out with a hamstring strain since the Week 9 win at New Orleans, veteran wideout DeSean Jackson made his return to the practice field, but he wasn’t included on the injury report since he is on the practice squad and not on the 53-man roster. Running back Gus Edwards (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis after sitting out the Carolina game.
Right guard Kevin Zeitler missed Wednesday’s practice because of an illness.
Coming off their bye week, the Jaguars did not have any injuries to report
Below is Wednesday’s full injury report:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Jalyn Armour-Davis (hip), DE Calais Campbell (rest), S Kyle Hamilton (knee), OLB Justin Houston (rest), QB Lamar Jackson (hip), CB Marcus Peters (rest), OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle), G Kevin Zeitler (illness)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Gus Edwards (hamstring/knee)