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Lamar Jackson is STILL mysteriously absent from Ravens practice a month after suffering knee injury

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Lamar Jackson is STILL mysteriously absent from Ravens practice a month after suffering knee injury

Lamar Jackson mysteriously still absent from Ravens practice a month after suffering knee injury as coach John Harbaugh cryptically dodges questions about QB’s postseason status: ‘I’ll leave that alone’

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is still out of practice following a knee injury last month, prompting questions about his status for the postseason and drawing a cryptic response from head coach John Harbaugh.

‘I’m just probably going to leave all that stuff alone,’ Harbaugh said when asked about the former MVP’s status. ‘I’m going to focus on the game and just get ready to coach our guys and get our guys ready to play.’

When Jackson was first injured, Harbaugh said the knee problem wasn’t a season-ending kind of issue. The next day, he said Jackson was ‘week to week’ and he hasn’t played since.

The 10-6 Ravens will have their season finale at Cincinnati on Sunday. Baltimore has clinched a playoff spot even without Jackson for the past four games. Tyler Huntley started those games at quarterback, and Baltimore won two of four.

John Harbaugh declined to answer a question about Jackson's playoff status Wednesday

John Harbaugh declined to answer a question about Jackson’s playoff status Wednesday

Jackson’s injury situation could affect his upcoming free agency. The former Heisman winner previously turned down a reported $250 million offer from the Ravens because the deal was not fully guaranteed, according to a September report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Like the rest of the NFL, the Ravens focused Wednesday on a more significant medical situation – the status of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who remains in critical condition after his heart stopped and he had to resuscitated on the field during a game at Cincinnati on Monday night. That game was suspended.

Hamlin is now awake, and doctors say he remains neurologically intact, according to a team statement.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) heads to the locker room after he was injured in the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 4

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) heads to the locker room after he was injured in the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 4

The Ravens are in an unusual spot because they have an obvious interest in that Bills-Bengals game. They need to beat Cincinnati to keep their own hopes of winning the AFC North alive.

With the Bills-Bengals game still unclear, it’s unclear whether Baltimore’s game against Cincinnati this week has any division title implications, but that’s clearly not the football world’s biggest concern right now .

‘I hope they make a decision and just tell us what they’re going to do,’ Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. ‘It’s a difficult situation – we understand that – and whatever the decision is, whatever it is, we’ll accept it.’

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Campbell talked a bit about the risks players take when they play football.

“We’re really trying to hold the NFL accountable and make sure the game is played in the safest environment possible for us,” he said. ‘You have to know the risks, and you have to choose to go out there and play the game. To make that choice, you have to go out there and give it your all and make sure you do everything you can to give yourself the best chance to come out the other side and be healthy and have a normal life after you retire . … If you start seeing guys retire, you can’t blame anybody. I understand.’