Ravens’ Lamar Jackson was limited in practice with a right elbow injury; John Harbaugh says he’ll play against Patriots

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Lamar Jackson has played at an MVP level through the first two games of the season. Any injury to Jackson, who is in a contract year, would be devastating for him and the Baltimore Ravens.

That injury scare happened Wednesday, when Jackson was spotted during the media portion of practice with a sleeve around his right elbow. Jackson didn’t throw during the session, raising concerns about what’s wrong with his arm that the Ravens have yet to reveal.

Head coach John Harbaugh was quick to allay those concerns after practice.

“It’s a normal course of the season type of thing,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “He trained today and he will play on Sunday.”

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Jackson wasn’t overwhelmed by the injury, saying he “feels good” and doesn’t expect any disruption to his daily practice. He smiled when asked by reporters about the potential injury. And when The Ravens’ injury report later Jackson revealed he was a limited participant with a right elbow injury that doesn’t appear to keep him out of a crucial Week 3 contest.

Through two games this season, Jackson has completed 64.4% of his passes for 531 yards with six touchdowns and an interception for a 120.1 passer rating. He leads the NFL in touchdown rate (10.2%) and yards per completion (14.0). Jackson had 15 carries for 136 yards and a rushing touchdown as his 79-yard run was his longest of the season. Became the first player in NFL history to throw for a 75-yard touchdown pass and score a 75-yard touchdown run in the same game, accomplishing the feat in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins.

Jackson will be closely monitored throughout the week regarding the injury, but the questions surrounding it will disappear if he has another strong game Sunday against the New England Patriots. New England head coach Bill Belichick has a lot of respect for the Ravens’ run, especially with Jackson calling the shots.

“They have a good, balanced program. They do a good job on defense and we know that. So I’m sure they’ll have a good program for us,” Belichick said Wednesday. “We have to be ready to defend the knowns, but adjust to the unknowns when they show up in the game.

“I’d say any good team has a core group, that’s their bread and butter and there’s a few things that come out of them. It’s important that you can protect them all defensively. But it’s too easy. More than likely, those guys have a lot of weapons. They’re well-coached. . They have an experienced offensive line, quarterback, talented players. They’re tough, well-coached.”

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