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Ravens' Lamar Jackson on Cramping vs. Browns: 'I Didn't Pull a Paul Pierce'

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIIDecember 15, 2020

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs to the locker room during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson explained his sudden absence during Monday night's game against the Cleveland Browns in an interview after the 47-42 win, saying he "didn't pull a Paul Pierce" when he was in the locker room during the fourth quarter.

Baltimore Ravens @Ravens

"I didn't pull a Paul Pierce. I was cramping." @Lj_era8 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/8rvfAY3BFW

Jackson was referring to Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals, when the Boston Celtics star needed a wheelchair to leave the court—because he didn't make it to the bathroom in time.

The quarterback said he was suffering from cramping in his arm and then his legs, and he told ESPN's Lisa Salters he needed an IV.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

"I was crampin' and I had to get some IVs in me." —Lamar Jackson on why he had to exit the game https://t.co/UXUOHhyTQm

In Jackson's absence, the Ravens turned to backup quarterback Trace McSorley. But after a three-and-out, the Browns used a 12-play, 70-yard drive to score a tying touchdown and add the go-ahead extra point with 6:33 to play.

McSorley injured his knee just before the two-minute warning on the ensuing drive, and almost as soon as he hit the ground, Jackson exited the locker room. And when he returned, he threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown. Jackson said he was stretching when he saw McSorley go down.

Baltimore Ravens @Ravens

"I was cramping. Back in the locker room, when I saw Trace go down, I'm like I gotta go out there." @Lj_era8 https://t.co/Wxrw75inQp

Though Jackson—who ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and added 163 yards and a score on 11-of-17 passing—said cramps sent him to the sideline, those watching didn't necessarily believe him. Even the Ravens' Robert Griffin III, who was recently moved to injured reserve, joined in on the jokes.

PFF @PFF

HOLY 💩, LAMAR JACKSON https://t.co/m0DJWrW8h8

Complex Sports @ComplexSports

Lamar Jackson tonight. https://t.co/mDmqdL4SEP

Robert Griffin III @RGIII

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/JFatUvzlsh

The Ravens needed a last-second 55-yard field goal from Justin Tucker after the Browns tied it with 1:04 remaining, but Jackson's return from the locker room still couldn't have been scripted any better—for a movie or for Twitter.

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