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Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson inactive due to illness unrelated to COVID-19

CHICAGO – Lamar Jackson does not work for Baltimore Raven’ games at Chicago Bears on Sunday for an illness unrelated to COVID-19. His absence is the single biggest impact on an already overdrafted offense.

Jackson is considered “50-50” for the game after being added to the injury report Saturday, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This comes after Jackson said he “felt great” to be back fully engaged in practice Friday after being missing for two days.

Tyler Huntley, who left Utah in 2020, will start his first NFL. He completed 14 of the 29 passes in the regular season and in the knockout stages, throwing 114 yards away without being touched or intercepted.

The loss of Jackson is the latest challenge to the NFL’s #2-rated offense. The two backs run on top (JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards) and Pro Bowl left ball (Ronnie Stanley) suffered a season-ending injury and a top receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was ruled out on Saturday with a thigh injury.

The Ravens Foundation was hit this week by an illness other than COVID-19. Wide receiver Rashod Bateman and center Bradley Bozeman each missed a training session due to illness, but neither was listed on the weekend injury report.

Jackson has been hardest hit by the illness. When he arrived at Soldier Field, Jackson was wearing a mask and lazily walking into the changing room.

One of the NFL’s top MVP contenders, Jackson has accounted for 82.8% of Baltimore’s fouls (3,086 of 3,727 yards) this season. He’s 9th in the NFL in passing speed (2,447 yards) and 7th in dash speed (639).

AFC’s Northern leaders (6-3) couldn’t get past the Bears (3-6) as their fixture schedule became more and more difficult. After playing against Chicago, Baltimore has not had a game against a team that has a losing record.

This is the third time Jackson has missed a game in his four-year career. He sat out the 2019 season finale as Baltimore won the AFC’s No. 1 seed, and he was dropped from Week 12’s game in 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19.

Jackson, whose number 8 shirt retired in Louisville last weekend, did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday because he was ill. Three illnesses this year have caused him to miss practice time.

On Friday, Jackson said he thought he caught a cold due to the change in weather.

“The reality is I don’t usually get sick,” Jackson said after Friday’s rehearsal. “I used to eat Flintstone smoothies when I was a kid. My immune system must be good.”

The Ravens are 1-1 when Jackson missed a start, beat Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019 and crashed in Pittsburgh in 2020 after the team suffered one of the larger COVID-19 outbreaks in the sport.

Baltimore is about to lose 22-10 at Miami Dolphins, scored the fewest points with Jackson in the starting midfield position.

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