Ravens' Lamar Jackson Says He'll Play vs. Jets on TNF Despite Quad Injury

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 10, 2019

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) heads to the locker room after stopping to sign autographs for fans following a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills in an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/John Munson)
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Lamar Jackson isn't going to let the New York Jets get off that easy. 

The Baltimore Ravens quarterback has been limited in practice this week with a quadriceps injury, but he downplayed the injury's severity on Tuesday. 

"I feel great," Jackson told reporters. "I feel good. I'm 100. I'm gonna be out there Thursday night."

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh provided a lengthier update on Jackson during his Monday press conference, confirming the quad was injured during Baltimore's 24-17 win over Buffalo on Sunday: 

"It's a quad injury. It happened in the game when they hit him down there around the knee, and that's what it was. It's less than 24 hours after the game. It's not a serious injury in that sense, but this is day-to-day, and we play Thursday night. So, we'll see where we're at.

"I'm not going to get into injuries. We just got done playing the game 24 hours ago. We're going to play a game Thursday night. The guys that are ready to play will play, the guys that aren't won't. So, just look at the injury report and take it from there."

The 11-2 Ravens host the 5-8 Jets on Thursday Night Football.

Jackson has not missed a game since taking over as Baltimore's starting quarterback in November 2018. The 2018 first-round pick has been unstoppable through 13 games this season and is the odds-on NFL MVP favorite.

The Louisville product has 2,677 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions as a passer to go along with 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns as a rusher. His 28 passing touchdowns lead the league.

Jackson tossed 145 yards, three touchdowns and one pick against the Bills while setting individual and team records:

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Lamar Jackson joins Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Vick accomplished it in 2006. https://t.co/o24jP83C5N

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The @Ravens beat the Bills 24-17 and now have won 9 straight games, the longest winning streak in franchise history. Baltimore also clinched a playoff berth and broke the franchise's single-season points record in the win. https://t.co/etOhSFLIXY

With the Ravens already in the postseason, it could make logical sense to rest Jackson regardless of the quad's severity. However, Baltimore is still trying to secure the top overall seed in the AFC with 10-3 New England and 9-4 Kansas City lurking.