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Lamar Jackson Ruled Out vs. Falcons, Tyler Huntley Feels Good

(From left to right) QBs Lamar Jackson & Tyler Huntley
(From left to right) QBs Lamar Jackson & Tyler Huntley

Lamar Jackson has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Atlanta Falcons after not practicing for a third straight week.

Jackson suffered a reported knee sprain on Dec. 4 against the Denver Broncos and hasn't taken the field since. He will miss his third straight game.

There were reports last weekend that the Ravens were hopeful that Jackson could return versus Atlanta, but Head Coach John Harbaugh has been mum on Jackson's recovery.

The good news is that Tyler Huntley, who was added to the injury report Wednesday with a right (throwing) shoulder issue, was back on the practice field Thursday and was throwing passes. He was limited Wednesday and Thursday and is listed as questionable to play.

With that said, Harbaugh said there is no concern about Huntley's shoulder and that he's expected to start.

"It's good. [It] just was a little sore. I was just managing it and everything. So, I'm good," Huntley said of his shoulder, adding that it was the same soreness that sidelined him for some practices this summer.

Cornerback Marcus Peters (calf) and defensive tackle Calais Campbell (knee) has also been ruled out after leaving last week's game in Cleveland with injuries. Neither practiced all week.

Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald said Wednesday that he feels confident in Brandon Stephens stepping in for Peters.

"He goes out there and competes. There are some situations where he'll win some, lose some, but the guy is out there, and he's battling, and he knows what to do, he's very conscientious," Macdonald said. "We expect him to go out there and not miss a beat."

On the defensive line, the Ravens will need more across the defensive line from Justin Madubuike, Travis Jones, Broderick Washington and Brent Urban. Urban is Campbell's backup on the depth chart.

Left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) did not practice Tuesday or Thursday but enters the game without an injury designation, so he should be good to go.

Harbaugh said the Ravens are "planning on playing" wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was claimed off waivers this week. Watkins already has familiarity with the scheme and playbook from his time with Baltimore last season.

The Falcons enter the game healthier than the Ravens. They only ruled out backup offensive tackle Chuma Edoga (knee).

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