With Pro Bowl quarterback Lamar Jackson out this week in training, replacement Tyler Huntley will start the Ravens’ regular season final on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach John Harbaugh announced Friday.
Huntley’s fourth career start will be the most important of his young career. After losing five straight games, the Ravens need a win over the Steelers in Baltimore and help from the AFC to make their fourth straight playoff appearance.
Harbaugh didn’t get an update on Jackson, who missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a right ankle injury and hasn’t been in a game since Week 14, when he was taken off the field in a loss to the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 12. Friday’s practice was moved indoors and closed to reporters under NFL coronavirus protocols.
Jackson, who has never missed a game with injury before this season, will likely end the year after missing four in a row. Illness also sidelined him in Week 11, when Huntley made his first career start in a win over the Chicago Bears.
“He wants to be there every time,” Huntley said of Jackson on Friday. “Being in the locker room is so hard not to see him come out and be awesome like he usually is. … I can’t wait for ‘L’ to feel better.
Huntley, who is 1-2 as a starter, completed 67.5% of his passes for 940 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He also added 35 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
This story will be updated.