The Ravens' week of preparation for the Chicago Bears just got a little harder as Lamar Jackson was sent home sick Wednesday.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said it is not related to COVID-19. Starting center Bradley Bozeman is also out Wednesday because of a sickness.
"Lamar and Bozeman are both sick so you won't see them out there [on the practice field] today," Harbaugh said. "They both got sent home. It's not COVID. Just sick."
It's the third time that Jackson has missed a practice due to illness this season. He sat out one practice before the team's Week 3 game in Detroit and one before the Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jackson also missed two practices before the Week 4 Denver Broncos game because of back soreness. The Ravens won all three games.
The Ravens are hoping to get running back Latavius Murray (ankle), right tackle Patrick Mekari (ankle), and tight end Nick Boyle (knee) back on the field this week in Chicago.
Murray practiced for the first time since suffering his injury in Week 6 against the Chargers. He was limited on Wednesday.
Asked what Murray's chances are for playing against the Bears, Harbaugh said it will be based on how he practices this week. The Ravens waived fellow veteran running back Le'Veon Bell this week because they were tight on roster spots.
Mekari was also limited in his first practice since going down in Week 7 against the Bengals. He's been replaced by Tyre Phillips the past couple games.
Other Ravens not practicing Wednesday were wide receiver Marquise Brown (thigh), cornerback Jimmy Smith (hip), nose tackle Brandon Williams (shoulder) and cornerback Tavon Young (foot). Justin Houston was given the day off.
The Bears are coming off their bye and hoping to get a couple key defensive players back, but Khalil Mack (foot) and safety Eddie Jackson (hamstring) both did not practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Allen Robinson II (hamstring) also did not practice.