Lamar Jackson was not a spectator in Sunday’s playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals.
NBC’s Melissa Stark, who made the announcement moments before kickoff, said Jackson did not travel to Cincinnati with the team.
Jackson was likely to be taken off the active list. The Ravens quarterback almost ruled himself out of the game on Thursday due to a persistent knee injury before Baltimore made it official on Friday. Even with his injury, the great quarterback managed to participate for his team in a playoff game.
The clear absence of Jackson coincides with a contract dispute that continued during the regular season and worsened when he was out with his knee injury. While playing the Denver Broncos on December 4, Jackson injured his left knee. Jackson’s PCL injury was first reported as week-to-week by head coach John Harbaugh on December 6.
Although they went 2-3 without Jackson for the rest of the regular season, the Ravens failed to keep their playoff position. Jackson later disclosed on Thursday that his injured knee is still “unstable,” implying that he won’t take part in the playoff game on Sunday. While the Ravens had not yet offered an update on his participation, Jackson made the announcement independently.
Tyler Huntley made his Bengals debut after sitting out the season finale the previous week due to wrist and shoulder issues. Most likely, Jackson was observing from someplace.
Nevertheless, he wasn’t on Sunday since his status with the squad is still up in the air. Despite the fact that he won’t have a contract heading into the offseason, the Ravens still have the option of using the franchise tag to retain him on their roster.