Lamar Jackson Returns to Practice After Two-Day Illness

QB Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson is back on the practice field after a two-day absence because of a sickness and ready to take on the Chicago Bears Sunday at Soldier Field.

"I'm way better than I was a couple days ago," Jackson said. "I'm feeling great, feeling great. I probably had like a cold or something. I'm good now though."

The Ravens are 3-0 this season when Jackson has missed practice before a game, with wins over the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers. It's the third time he's missed time because of illness this season.

Baltimore wanted to get more full-speed work for the offense, and obviously its most important player in Jackson, against blitz pressure after the Dolphins flummoxed Baltimore's offense last week.

"I definitely feel less prepared, because I want to be out there with my guys," Jackson said. "know I'm behind, because those guys, they're still on the field, doing what they're supposed to do, getting better each and every day. So, I'm probably like two percent behind them right now. I've got to catch up. It'll be good though, because I've got a great group of guys working with me."

The Ravens also got more good news Friday as wide receivers Marquise "Hollywood" Brown (thigh) and Rashod Bateman (illness) also returned to the field. Brown was also out the first two days and Bateman sat Thursday.

Jackson had been preparing for the Bears away from the team, and now he'll have two days of practice (including Saturday's walk-through) to dial in the on-field work. Still, it's a hurdle that Jackson, Brown and Bateman all got such a late start on practice this week.

"It's not ideal. You're better having those guys out there practicing," Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "Practice is very important – that's how you get good at what you're doing. That's how you get things oiled up, so it's a factor."

A full injury report will be out later in the day.

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