OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A year ago to the week that an illness kept Lamar Jackson out of a pre-Thanksgiving game at Chicago, the Ravens quarterback is again under the weather.
Though Baltimore conducted its final full practice of the week without the star quarterback, head coach John Harbaugh didn’t sound concerned about Jackson’s status against Carolina on Sunday. Unlike last year when the 25-year-old had been out sick for most of the week before practicing once and relapsing over the weekend, Jackson hadn’t missed any practice time or been listed on the injury report until missing Friday’s workout.
The 2019 NFL MVP was officially listed as questionable on the final injury report.
“He had an illness, so he couldn’t go. He’ll be fine for Sunday,” Harbaugh said. “He tried to get to practice, but was just too sick.”
The status of All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews (knee/shoulder) and running back Gus Edwards (hamstring/knee) is less clear with both being designated as questionable on the final injury report. Andrews was upgraded to full participation on Friday, a positive sign that he could play for the first time since hurting his shoulder in the first half of the Week 8 win at Tampa Bay. However, Edwards remained limited in practice with Harbaugh sounding less optimistic about his status for the Carolina game than he did last week.
Both Andrews and Edwards sat out the Nov. 7 win at New Orleans and had extra time to heal from their respective ailments during the bye.
“We’ll wait until Sunday to say for sure, but Mark was out there [and] took quite a few reps, and Gus was out there limited,” Harbaugh said. “Of course, I was planning on those guys being back, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself yet.”
Though not listed on the injury report since he’s not a member of the 53-man roster, wide receiver DeSean Jackson was absent during the portions of practice open to media throughout the week, which doesn’t bode well for the soon-to-be 36-year-old’s chances of being elevated from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.
Rookie cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis was listed as doubtful for Week 11 after hurting his hip in Wednesday’s practice.
The Panthers officially ruled out starting defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis (calf) and listed starting safety Myles Hartsfield (ankle) as doubtful for Sunday’s game. It remains to be seen whether Carolina will activate safety Jeremy Chinn (hamstring) from injured reserve, but head coach Steve Wilks left open the possibility on Friday.
Below is the final injury report for Week 11:
DOUBTFUL: CB Jalyn Armour-Davis (hip)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (knee/shoulder), RB Gus Edwards (hamstring/knee), QB Lamar Jackson (illness)
OUT: S Juston Burris (illness/concussion), DT Matt Ioannidis (calf), QB PJ Walker (ankle)
DOUBTFUL: DB Myles Hartsfield (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Jaycee Horn (foot), TE Giovanni Ricci (neck)