Is Lamar Jackson’s elbow a red flag? Ravens describe limited QB throwing in practice as ‘normal’

If Lamar Jackson is 45 years old Tom Brady or 38 years old Aaron RodgersWednesday may come and go as a result of wisdom, patience, and maintenance of the arm. Instead, when he was 25 years old Baltimore Ravens The quarterback wearing a full-length black press sleeve on his arm and not attempting a pass in Wednesday’s training elicited the kind of response you’d expect.

It raised eyebrows, questions and some questions about what exactly the problem is.

“It’s just a regular thing in the season,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters. “He trained today so he will play on Sunday.”

While apparently training, Jackson told reporters he didn’t throw a pass Wednesday, as it was included in the injury report to his right elbow. He was also wearing a type of sleeve with elbow padding that a league source said team coaches typically use to stimulate blood flow and reduce joint swelling. The source, who has seen photos of Jackson in the sleeve, said it can be compared to the sleeves worn by the Los Angeles Rams. Matthew Stafford – whose Elbow requires mini workload The rest starts last season and continues until the training camp.

While it was not clear exactly what caused the injury, it appears that Jackson hit his arm on the linebacker Patrick Rijkaard In the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to Miami Dolphin.

“Men hit or land on their elbow [in games] And they can deal with soreness and swelling for a few days, so you’ll see them sleep as a precaution.” “I don’t think it’s unusual unless he wears it constantly and then takes a day off every week. If this is it, then this can be a red flag. … He’s on the first casualty list yet [the game on Sunday]so this is usually something he might have been injured and had some swelling or tightness and they are taking care and making sure it is ok [Sunday]. “

Jackson, who has yet to extend a long-term contractHe did not seem concerned about having to wear the sleeve and told reporters he was ready to throw on Sunday.

“I’m going to throw Sunday — Sunday a lot,” Jackson said. “… I’m fine. The [elbow] The pillow came with the sleeve. It wasn’t added or anything like that. I will be there on Sunday. I’ll be there in practice [Thursday]. I’m good.”

With two games and a 1-1 record, Jackson is arguably the best start to his career, completing 64% of his passes for 531 yards and six touchdowns to just one interception. He also ran for 136 yards and landed. He’s facing a New England Patriots Sunday defense that will use Jackson as a measuring game after carrying the Miami Dolphins Toa Tagoviloa and the Pittsburgh Steelers“Mitchell Trubesky shoots one at a time during the 1-1 start.

Jackson’s level of prowess and skill presents a much bigger challenge, which has never been more evident than when Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed that he sees the Ravens quarterback as a player at the level of the best player who can throw out the pocket and will eventually be paid one. .

“Without a doubt, this is the type of player, the type of MVP candidate,” Belichick said of Jackson. “I think it’s more than just an answer [questions about his ability as a pocket passer]. But, we’ll see what his contract is. This will answer [questions]. “

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has made a strong start to the season.  But it suddenly appeared in this week's injury report.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has made a strong start to the season. But it suddenly appeared in this week’s injury report. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)