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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (illness) returns to practice

The rookie quarterback is back on the field after missing Thursday's practice with a stomach ailment.

November 16, 2018 - 12:30 pm

By: Kyle J. Andrews

OWINGS MILLS -- After missing Thursday's practice with an illness, Lamar Jackson returned to the field on Friday. With starting quarterback Joe Flacco still dealing with a right hip injury and missing all three practices this week, it is expect that either Jackson or Robert Griffin III will start on Sunday. 

Griffin III took all of the snaps at quarterback during Thursday's practice with both Flacco and Jackson absent. Jackson has just two days of practice to make his first start and Griffin III has taken the majority of the repetitions as the starting quarterback during the week. It could be Griffin III that receives the call to start against the Bengals. However, there is an outside shot that Flacco still trots out against Cincinnati. 

“Well, I will tell you, [for] some guys it doesn’t work very well," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said of players not practicing all week and going to play. "Many of the fellas that are in this league – that’s what they do. So, they get themselves prepared. I’ve had quarterbacks, tight ends, linemen, all different positions, play without practicing. Most of the guys do it really, really well, because it’s all about preparation. So yes, I think Joe would do very, very well without practice, because he has experience, he’s a smart guy, he knows how to prepare – all of those things. He has all of those things. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t play really well without any practice.”

It would be a surprise to see Flacco play on Sunday, considering that he hasn't been on a football field since November 4. The turnaround would be a great one to overcome, even if Mornhinweg believes that the 33-year old quarterback can make a return. 

Other than Flacco missing practice again, offensive lineman James Hurst (back), cornerback Jimmy Smith (undisclosed), outside linebackers Tim Williams (ankle) and Terrell Suggs (undisclosed) all weren't present on Friday. During the week Baltimore has seen running back Kenneth Dixon (knee/injured reserve with a designation to return) and cornerback Maurice Canady (thigh/injured reserve with a designation to return) returned to the practice field. They have three weeks to be activated to the 53-man roster or be sent to the injured reserve.

Jaylen Hill (ACL) has been removed from the physically unable to perform list, but has not returned to practice. 

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