Judging by his movements on the practice field, Lamar Jackson felt much better Friday than he did Thursday.
Baltimore’s starting quarterback was back at practice Friday after a one-day absence Thursday due to illness. He was throwing passes, moving well and smiling with teammates and coaches during the early portion of practice open to the media.
Head Coach John Harbaugh smiled when asked about Jackson’s health following practice.
“He looked good,” Harbaugh said. “He looked fine.”
The Ravens (6-2) travel to Cincinnati this weekend to face the Bengals (0-8) with Jackson having an MVP-caliber season. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this year after leading Baltimore to its fourth straight win Sunday, 37-20, over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots.
Before making his first career start last year against the Bengals, Jackson also missed practice with an illness on Thursday of that week. His stomach pains were so bad that he went to the hospital before practice as a precaution. But Jackson returned on Friday and was at full speed for the game, in which he ran 26 times for 119 yards.
Jackson has yet to miss a game in his NFL career.