In a Thursday night time recreation full of accidents, it appeared Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson wasn’t going to flee unscathed.
Late within the first quarter of Baltimore’s 34-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson scrambled away from stress on third-and-4 from the Ravens’ 37-yard line and threw an underhand go that fell incomplete as he was tackled out of bounds alongside the best sideline by Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson.
Jackson remained down for a couple of moments and was tended to by trainers earlier than getting up and heading to the bench. He later entered the blue medical tent however shortly emerged and gave a thumbs-up as he spoke to assistants on the sideline.
The 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player returned to the sport with out lacking any snaps and delivered a signature efficiency, finishing 16 of 26 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns whereas dashing for 54 yards on 9 carries.
That first-quarter scare wasn’t the one one, nevertheless, as Jackson additionally slipped a couple of occasions on the M&T Bank Stadium grass and twice fell down with out being hit by a defender. But he bounced again up every time and confirmed flashes of his trademark elusiveness, scrambling for 10.71 seconds earlier than throwing an incomplete go to rookie Zay Flowers within the third quarter.
Jackson downplayed the harm after the sport, saying he’s “good” and expects to play towards the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 26 after the Ravens obtain a mini-bye.
“We need to stop talking about this ankle,” Jackson joked with reporters as he knocked on the lectern for good luck. “I’m good. We ain’t gonna speak nothing into existence.”
Jackson hasn’t missed any video games this season after sitting out 11 over the previous two years, together with a wild-card spherical loss to the Bengals in January. He signed a five-year, $260 million extension in April with $185 million assured and has as soon as once more been among the many league’s high quarterbacks because the Ravens (8-3) search their first AFC North title since 2019.