Jackson misses practice
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green ‘probably’ won’t play
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed Thursday’s practice with an illness, according to the team’s injury report.
Jackson, who was a full participant in practice Wednesday, was not seen in the locker room before Thursday’s workout. Along with defensive tackle Brandon Williams (noninjury related), he did not come out onto the field during the portion of practice open to media.
In Jackson’s absence, backup Robert Griffin III took the majority of repetitions under center. Rookie Trace McSorley continued to work with the Ravens’ special teams units before joining Griffin on passing drills.
Jackson’s last absence at practice, coincidentally, came before another November game against the Cincinnati Bengals, whom the Ravens face Sunday. Jackson was treated for stomach pains at a local practice three days before he made his first NFL start last season. He finished the 24-21home win with 26 carries for 119 yards and 150 yards and an interception on 13-for-19 passing.
Ravens wide receiver Chris Moore (thumb), left tackle Ronnie Stanley (knee), safety Earl Thomas (NIR/ knee) and guard Marshal Yanda (illness) were limited Thursday. Running back Mark Ingram was back to full participation.
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green missed that game, and he told reporters Thursday that he “probably” won’t make his 2019 debut Sunday in Cincinnati, either. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection sprained his ankle in training camp in late July and underwent surgery shortly thereafter.
“I can’t go out there when I’m not 100%,” said Green, who said his ankle swelled up after Wednesday’s walk-through. “It makes no sense for me to put myself in that situation to where I can have another time hurting [it], just like I did my toe. It’s all about: Make sure I’m taking care of myself first. Everything else comes after that.”
Bengals coach Zac Taylor had said Wednesday that Green would play Sunday, but Green later missed practice. During a conference call with Baltimore-area reporters Thursday, Taylor said Green was feeling better, but the coach couldn’t say whether he would practice Thursday.
“We’ll see,” he said.
‘Knowledge is power’
When the New England Patriots took the field Sunday night for their first offensive series, Brandon Carr was starting, as he has for 184 straight games. The only difference was that Carr was next to the Ravens’ Earl Thomas III — at safety.
Carr played there extensively in the Ravens’ 37-20 win at M&T Bank Stadium, often sharing the field with Thomas and safety Chuck Clark, who typically lines up closer to the line of scrimmage. After playing over 90% of the Ravens’ defensive snaps in every game since Week 2, and almost exclusively at cornerback, Carr had a reduced workload Sunday (47 defensive snaps, or 70.1% overall).
Defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt said last month that after over a decade in the NFL, “there’s not too much that he hasn’t seen and hasn’t been able to handle.”
“In this league, knowledge is power, and he has a lot of knowledge and experience of routes, route trees,” defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale said Thursday of Carr. “When he’s watching tape and studying tape of how they’re not only going to attack the corner position but how they attack the safeties as well, it was the first time that he was back there live and in action. It was fun to watch. But he’s such a great teammate and so selfless in his approach.”
With Jimmy Smith’s return from a knee sprain, Marcus Peters’ arrival and Marlon Humphrey’s consistent play, the Ravens have flexibility at cornerback. The Cincinnati Bengals have one of the highest rates of three-wide receiver personnel groupings in the NFL this season (84%), according to Sharp Football Stats, so Carr could see more time at cornerback Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
Free tacos for Judon
On Sunday night’s telecast of the Ravens’ win over the Patriots, outside linebacker Matthew Judon announced during his introduction that his body is “built by Taco Bell.”
On Friday, the fast-food chain will show its appreciation for the prime-time plug with a celebration of what
“Matthew Judon Day.”
According to a release, customers can claim a free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco at participating locations in Baltimore from 2 to 5 p.m. while supplies last. (The offer excludes delivery, upgrades and substitutions.) A company truck will also be stationed at M&T Bank Stadium’s parking lot L for a taco giveaway.
Judon’s affinity for Taco Bell goes back years. Before the NFLdraft in 2016, he joked that his first NFL paycheck would go toward Tex-Mex.
“I like Taco Bell,” Judon told the Detroit Free Press. “I mean, obviously I’ll have way more money than I’ll know what to do with, but while I’m pondering what I’m going to do with my money, I’ll be eating a chalupa or something.”
Special teams coach Chris Horton said he has “a lot of confidence” in returner Cyrus Jones (Gilman), who muffed a punt Sunday. The Patriots recovered the fumble and scored a touchdown with the short field.
Horton said he’s watched the Bengals’ kickoff return for a touchdown from Week 6 “probably 1,000 times already.” Brandon Wilson’s 92-yard opening return was the first score the Ravens had allowed since Oct. 2, 2011.
Martindale said that that with the Bengals, “you’re not facing [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick and [quarterback Tom] Brady. But yet, this team … it’s not an 0-8 offense. It really isn’t, with the skill set and the skills that they have. So it’s going to be a great challenge for us.”
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed practice Thursday with an illness, according to the team’s injury report.