Lamar Jackson injury update: Ravens QB to miss Week 18 game vs. Steelers, possibly ending season

Barring a miracle, Lamar Jackson’s 2021 season is over.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced during his press conference Friday that Tyler Huntley would be Baltimore’s starter against the Steelers on Sunday, and the team injury report he listed Jackson as out for the end of the regular season.

Jackson has not played since he was taken off the field with an ankle injury during the team’s Week 14 loss to the Browns and did not practice this week.

The week before Jackson’s injury, the Ravens fell to the Steelers 20-19 when Baltimore scored a late touchdown that would have tied the game with a point after one attempt, but instead the Ravens tried two to attempt to take a 21- twenty. advantage, and the attempt fell short.

To keep their season alive and give Jackson a chance to come back, the Ravens will need to beat the Steelers this time and get help from other teams. They would need the Patriots to beat or tie the Dolphins. They also need to be hopeful that the Raiders can beat the Chargers on “Sunday Night Football.” And perhaps the most difficult task, they need the Jaguars to beat the Colts.

With all that going on, the Ravens would sneak into the playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the AFC, setting up a wild-card showdown against the No. 2 AFC team.

If Baltimore cannot get all the results for this weekend, Jackson will have to wait until 2022 to appear again in the Ravens uniform. He would finish the regular season with a 7-5 record, a 64.4 percent completion percentage, 16 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. He has also rushed 133 times for 767 yards and two more touchdowns.

Huntley has proven more than adequate replacing Jackson as the starting quarterback. Huntley had a stellar performance against the Packers in his first start for Baltimore in Week 15, passing for 215 yards, two touchdowns and rushing for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Overall for the year, he completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 940 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions with 222 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

If Baltimore misses the playoffs, it will be the first time in four years that the Ravens are not among the last teams competing for a Super Bowl. They were division champions in 2018 and 2019 and made the playoffs as a wild-card team in 2020. It will also be the first time during that span that the Ravens (8-8) have not had at least 10 wins.