The Baltimore Ravens received an encouraging update on star quarterback Lamar Jackson, who will miss his fifth consecutive game in Week 18 with a knee injury.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there’s a “strong chance” that the 2019 league MVP plays in the team’s Wild Card Round playoff game next week. Backup Tyler Huntley is expected to start on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals’ Week 17 home game against the Buffalo Bills was canceled after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest. The NFL ruled the game a no contest, making the Bengals (11-4) the AFC North champions.
But if the Ravens and Bengals meet each other in the Wild Card Round, the NFL will determine home advantage by a coin flip. The Ravens won the first meeting against Cincinnati back in Week 5 on a last-second Justin Tucker field goal.
Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after making a tackle on Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Medical personnel was able to restore Hamlin’s heartbeat before he was taken away in an ambulance to a hospital.
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The 24-year-old has made significant progress in his recovery. Hamlin’s breathing tube removed, and he communicated with Bills players and coaches via FaceTime during a team meeting.
If the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, they’ll be the AFC’s top seed. A Kansas City loss and a Buffalo win over the New England Patriots would land the Bills the conference’s top seed.
The NFL announced several potential resolutions for the AFC Championship Game, including using a neutral site for that game depending on the two finalists.
The Ravens went 8-4 in starts made by Jackson before he went down with a knee injury. The 26-year-old has completed 62.3 percent of his pass attempts for 2,242 yards and 17 touchdowns against seven interceptions to go along with 764 rushing yards and three rushing scores.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.