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Jackson return against Steelers 'not impossible' for Ravens

By Sports Desk December 05, 2022

Lamar Jackson remains in contention to feature in the Baltimore Ravens' Week 14 clash against the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach John Harbaugh has said.

The Ravens' home-field triumph over the Denver Broncos in Week 13 moved them to 8-4 this season, putting them third in the AFC playoff picture, but there was considerable concern about Jackson's fitness.

Harbaugh was optimistic about the injury following the match, stating it would not be a season-ending problem, and expected a swift recovery.

That is still the case, with Jackson not yet ruled out of contention for the upcoming matchup against the Steelers, though he conceded that was "less likely".

"He's been through the MRIs and I would say it's kind of week to week," Harbaugh told reporters on Monday.

"It's going to be a weekly thing. As the week goes on, we'll see for this week.

"He's probably less likely for this week, but it's not impossible. After that he'll become more and more likely."

If Jackson was unavailable, the Vikings would turn to Tyler Huntley – who took to the field against the Broncos and completed 27 of 32 passes for 187 yards and one interception.

Harbaugh is confident it would not affect their play significantly if Huntley had to deputise for Jackson, stating the pair are similar players.

"Our players have a lot of confidence in him. I'm sure a team like the Steelers, Huntley will take most of the reps this week, they will be preparing for both guys," he added.

"Both guys play a similar game, we run basically the same offense with both players so it won't really change anything.

"He's a player who has a lot of dynamics to his game. He can throw, he can run, now he's experienced, he was out there last year for five-to-seven games.

"If that's the way it goes, that's the way it goes. Our guys will be excited to play and we'll be fired up."

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