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Lamar Jackson can now officially report for duty. After missing Baltimore’s first eight training camp practices, the former league MVP has been activated off the reserve/COVID list, the Ravens announced on Friday. Head coach John Harbaugh announced at the start of camp in late July that Jackson tested positive for COVID-19, meaning that he’d need to be sidelined for the start of Ravens camp. This was Jackson’s second reported positive test as he also dealt with the virus in the midst of last season and ultimately missed Baltimore’s Week 12 contest against Pittsburgh.
Prior to Jackson actually being activated, Harbaugh noted Friday that the quarterback was in the building and that “he’ll be back as soon as he can be.” The head coach added that he is “excited” to get his former league MVP back on the field.
While Jackson — who is entering his fourth season with the team — likely won’t need too much time to catch up with the on-field preparation for the coming season, he is about a week behind from where the rest of the offense is at. There’ll likely be some rust to shake off, but Baltimore will have their franchise cornerstone when they begin its exhibition season at home against the Saints on Aug. 14.
Jackson’s return also comes in the aftermath of his 2018 draft classmate Josh Allen signing a six-year, $258 million extension with the Buffalo Bills. Given that Jackson is also eligible for an extension, that news is of particular interest now that he’s back on the field and, in turn, back at the negotiating table.
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