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Lamar Jackson injury update: Ravens QB will not travel with team for Week 16

We break down the news that Ravens QB Lamar Jackson did not practice Wednesday, Thursday in Week 16.

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 5, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Saturday update: The Ravens announced on Saturday that Lamar Jackson will NOT travel with the team to Cincinnati. Tyler Huntley was already ruled out due to COVID-19, which means Josh Johnson will be the starting quarterback in this critical divisional matchup.

Friday PM update: Jackson is officially listed as questionable for Sunday. Backup Tyler Huntley is also listed as questionable with a non-COVID illness

Friday update: Jackson is “unlikely to play” in Week 16 against the Bengals per Ian Rapoport, although he has not been formally ruled out yet. The quarterback hasn’t practiced all week, so it looks like Tyler Huntley will be in line for another start.

Thursday update: Jackson remained out of practice on Thursday. He will likely need to get a limited practice in on Friday to give him a true shot at playing this week.

Wednesday update: The Ravens were hopeful Jackson would take the field Wednesday for practice, but that did not occur. The quarterback is very much in danger of missing yet another game with his ankle injury.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was inactive for the team’s Week 15 game against the Green Bay Packers due to an ankle injury. He suffered a bruised ankle the prior week and did not practice at all last week. Tyler Huntley started in his place and nearly helped the Ravens spring an upset of the Packers.

Heading into Week 16, head coach John Harbaugh told the media Jackson was making progress in his rehab, and he was “hopeful” Jackson would practice on Wednesday. The Ravens travel to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday with the AFC North lead on the line.

Fantasy football implications

Jackson was a DNP all last week but the Ravens still listed him as questionable. If he can get in at least some limited work, there’s a good chance we see him on Sunday against the Bengals. Cincinnati has given up the 12th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, so while it’s not a fantastic matchup, it’s not bad.

Huntley has made two starts and one lengthy relief appearance for Jackson this season and has been a solid fantasy option. He’s a decent but not great passer, but it’s his legs that have added value. He’s rushed for at least 40 yards in each of his three appearances this season, and he added two rushing touchdowns last week.