Jack­son misses prac­tice

Ben­gals wide re­ceiver A.J. Green ‘prob­a­bly’ won’t play

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS - By Jonas Shaf­fer, Daniel Oye­fusi

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.”

Ex­tra points

it’s call­ing

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.”

GAIL BURTON/AP

Ravens quar­ter­back La­mar Jack­son missed prac­tice Thurs­day with an ill­ness, ac­cord­ing to the team’s in­jury re­port.

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