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Lamar Jackson back as Baltimore preps for Browns

2021-11-25 18:17:36 GMT+00:00 – Lamar Jackson’s sickness is dissipating to the extent the Baltimore quarterback intends to take the sphere Sunday evening when the Ravens host the Cleveland Browns in a key AFC North battle.

Jackson missed final week’s victory over the Chicago Bears however charges his probabilities of taking part in at “120 percent” as the first-place Ravens (7-3) battle the last-place Browns (6-5).

For these retaining rely, it was Jackson’s third sickness-related-absence of the common season. That does not embody his second bout with COVID-19 throughout coaching camp.

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“Feeling great this time,” Jackson advised reporters on Wednesday. “I’m back, feeling good. I’m positive (in terms of outlook). No relapses, man, we’re good.”

Jackson stated his illness intensified final Saturday. When Jackson was ailing the following day, the Ravens went with backup Tyler Huntley. He guided a late scoring drive within the 16-13 victory over the Bears.

“I have no clue,” Jackson stated of why he grew to become more and more in poor health. “I just got fatigued, was catching little chills, was out of it. … I was trying to rest, trying to recover and get all the way better and I’m just sweating in my sleep.”

This Sunday evening, Jackson is likely to be the healthiest quarterback on the sphere.

Browns signal-caller Baker Mayfield continues to battle accidents to his left shoulder, knee and foot and his manufacturing has taken a nosedive.

Mayfield was intercepted twice and accomplished simply 51.7 % of his passes throughout final Sunday’s 13-10 win over the lowly Detroit Lions. He handed for 176 yards and one landing.

Mayfield’s excessive yardage output over the previous 5 video games is 234. Cleveland has scored 14 or fewer factors in 4 of these video games.

“I’m not going to make every throw — no one does that,” Mayfield stated. “But I was very frustrated with where I was going with the ball compared to how the results were. That’s very frustrating. I’ve always been an accurate guy. That was not the case (against Detroit).”

The Browns will watch Mayfield intently in the course of the week. He did not apply on Wednesday.

“We will always defer to the medical staff and make sure that a guy is ready to go,” Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski stated. “Obviously, you have discussions with the players in that same vein. We won’t put guys out there who cannot protect themselves.

“To say that Baker isn’t battling — I believe you all know that — however he is able to play and able to assist the group win, however we are going to all the time have these conversations week to week.”

The Browns badly need Mayfield to emerge from his struggles because a scheduling oddity has the Ravens being the opponent in back-to-back games.

Cleveland has a bye next week and then hosts Baltimore on Dec. 12. The Ravens visit the Pittsburgh Steelers in between the two matchups with the Browns.

Baltimore has won the past three meetings, including a wild 47-42 affair last December on the Monday night stage.

Mayfield passed for 343 yards in that contest but Cleveland’s best bet this time might come in a low-scoring game.

Defensive end Myles Garrett leads the NFL with 13 sacks and the Browns have allowed an average of 12.3 points in their six victories.

The defense isn’t so stout in losses as it has given up more than 30 points in four of them while allowing an average of 35.4 points in the five setbacks.

Meanwhile, the late drive engineered by Huntley kept Baltimore in first place in the tightly packed AFC North. There is much at stake as the Ravens play five of their final seven regular-season games against division foes.

“It’s only a nice division. I’ve been on this division now for a few years, and it is all the time like that,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. “It actually does not actually matter what the data are, it is nonetheless all the time actually, actually robust to play these video games.”

While Jackson was a full practice participant on Wednesday, 10 Ravens sat out. Among those were defensive end Calais Campbell (concussion) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (neck).

Mayfield and receiver Jarvis Landry (knee) were among six Cleveland players to miss practice.

Also, the Browns designated running back Kareem Hunt (calf) and offensive tackle Jack Conklin (elbow) as players to return from injured reserve. It isn’t yet clear if either player will be activated by Sunday.

–Field Level Media

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Nov 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) look on before throwing the football against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium.  Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

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