Lamar Jackson returns to Ravens practice with noticeable limp

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Lamar Jackson was back at practice on Wednesday.

But he didn't look ready for football.

The Baltimore Ravens quarterback has missed two straight games with what the team has called a right ankle sprain. He hadn't practiced since suffering the injury early in a Week 14 loss to the Cleveland Browns. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that he's actually suffered a bone bruise in his ankle. Whatever it is, it was clearly still affecting him on Wednesday as he noticeably limped through open portions of practice.

Ravens fighting for their playoff lives

The Ravens have lost consecutive games to the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals without Jackson, falling to 8-7 and behind the leaders in the AFC playoff race. Their fading playoff chances would get a boost if he's able to play on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. But only if Jackson resembles his former MVP self.

Judging from Wednesday's practice videos, he's got some ground to cover to reach that form in the next three days. Head coach John Harbaugh is hopeful he can play. But he's not making any promises. He doesn't even know if Jackson can practice again on Thursday.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 11: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after losing to the Miami Dolphins 22-10 at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Lamar Jackson's return for a critical game against the Rams looks like anything but a certainty. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

“I really want to see him out there on Sunday,” Harbaugh told reporters, per the Baltimore Sun. “I know the fans do. I know, most of all, Lamar does. So he’s going to do everything he can to be out there, and you can’t make a promise, because we don’t know. We don’t know what tomorrow’s going to bring.”

Sunday's game against a streaking Rams team chasing an outside shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC won't come easy. With their playoff hopes at stake, the Ravens will do everything they reasonably can to get Jackson on the field. But his return appears to be anything but a certainty.

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