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Will Lamar Jackson play in the 2023 NFL Wild Card round

Lamar Jackson is dealing with a knee injury. We break down if the Ravens QB will suit up against the Bengals

Friday, Jan. 13 update — Jackson has been officially ruled out on the final injury report. Backup Tyler Huntley is questionable, but was able to practice in full on Friday and is likely to play.

Thursday, Jan. 12 update — Jackson has all but ruled himself out for this week. He took to Twitter, saying that there is still inflammation in his knee.

Thursday, Jan. 12 update — Jackson was not seen practicing Thursday in the media portion, and it looks increasingly unlikely he will play against the Bengals on Sunday in the Wild Card round.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 update — Jackson officially did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 update — Lamar Jackson was once again not practicing on Wednesday. It’s been 38 days since he’s been on a football field doing footbally stuff. The team will likely take his status up to game-day, but right now the odds aren’t good that he’ll play.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 update — Lamar Jackson’s knee still isn’t “feeling right” according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafalo. Right now he sounds like a long shot to start the first round of the playoffs, but they’ll do all they can to help him get ready for this game.

Monday, Jan. 9 update — Head coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t give an update on Lamar Jackson’s knee or playing status, per Jonas Shaffer. We won’t know if he’s going to practice until we get reports from beat writers on Wednesday when the Ravens will have their first practice of the week.


Will Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson make his triumphant return to the gridiron to save Baltimore’s season from being one-and-done in the 2023 NFL playoffs? In the immortal words of Lee Corso, not so fast, my friends.

The former NFL MVP has missed the Ravens’ last five games after spraining his knee against the Denver Broncos in Week 15. While Jackson was initially expected to be back before the regular season, his playoff status against the Cincinnati Bengals is now in doubt.

On Sunday Night Football, ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reported that the Ravens are uncertain whether Jackson will suit up against the Bengals in the Wild Card round.

That’s not a great sign for Jackson’s availability.

On Monday, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said on the Pat McAfee Show that Jackson “has told people he’ll be back [for the Bengals game], but people who have watched him aren’t so sure.”

Fantasy impact: Lamar Jackson (knee)

Even if Jackson can return to the football field, he’ll be hard to trust against the Bengals. For Jackson to meet or exceed his value, he’ll have to use his legs, which clearly aren’t 100%.

If Jackson can’t play, the Baltimore Ravens will have to hope that Tyler Huntley is healthy enough to start or it could be Anthony Brown under center once again.