Sep 19, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) flips into the end zone for  a fourth quarter touchdown  against the Kansas City Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson ‘still locked in’ as Ravens head to Detroit

Lamar Jackson reminded everyone of his elite playmaking ability when he led the Baltimore Ravens past the Kansas City Chiefs in prime time Sunday.

Yet the Ravens quarterback doesn’t want to dwell on that performance as his team heads to Detroit for Sunday’s game against the Lions.

“I’m still locked in,” he said. “I don’t get on any high horse or anything, or be like, ‘We just won a championship.’ We’ve still got a long season ahead of us.”

It could be a long day for the winless Lions if Jackson plays like he did against the Chiefs. Jackson rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 239 and another score, making up for an early pick-six in Baltimore’s 36-35 triumph.

The Ravens bounced back from their season-opening overtime loss to Las Vegas.

“We’ve got to transition to Detroit now because those guys are hungry,” he said.

Jackson has rushed for 100 or more yards nine times in his career, second-most by any quarterback in NFL history (one behind Michael Vick’s record). He has connected with Marquise Brown for touchdown passes in each of the first two games.

The running back spot, which has been decimated by injuries, featured a new 1-2 punch in Ty’Son Williams and Latavius Murray. Williams has averaged 6.5 yards on his 22 carries so far this season and Murray, a north-south runner, has two touchdowns.

“There’s going to be injuries,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We got hit hard, no question about it, but you have to step up and you have to overcome.”

The Lions (0-2) are looking to give Dan Campbell his first head coaching win. They were outscored 21-0 in the second half of a 35-17 loss to Green Bay on Monday night.

Detroit’s pass defense was carved up by Aaron Rodgers, who threw for four touchdowns. The Lions gave up 41 points in a season-opening loss to San Francisco.

“We’re looking for guys that are going to challenge on the perimeter and we’re looking for guys that are going to rally to the football,” Campbell said.

Quarterback Jared Goff had two crucial turnovers in the second half. However, the offseason acquisition from the Los Angeles Rams has already established a strong connection with tight end T.J. Hockenson, who has hauled in 16 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns.

“He’s their best guy,” Harbaugh said. “He’s the guy they go to, Jared Goff is looking for him. They’ve got plenty of good players over there but he’s the straw that stirs the drink. He can make every kind of play.”

The Ravens lead the all-time series 4-1 but the teams haven’t faced each other since a 44-20 Baltimore victory on Dec. 3, 2017.

The Lions will be at a disadvantage with a short week.

“You don’t get as much physical work as you want but mentally, we’ve got to be sharp,” Campbell said.

They’ll also have to do a better job establishing the run to keep Jackson off the field. The Lions have posted 5.2 yards per carry but have attempted only 43 rushes in the two losses, mainly due to playing catchup a majority of the time.

Detroit wide receiver Ty Williams has been ruled out due to a concussion and linebacker Trey Flowers (shoulder/knee) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday’s practice. Among the Ravens who missed Wednesday’s practice included tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle), defensive linemen Derek Wolfe (hip/back) and Brandon Williams (neck), and defensive backs DeShon Elliott (concussion) and Tavon Young (knee).

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) looks on as team medical personnel help Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) after being injured against the Washington Football Team in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Torn ACL feared for Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins

The Baltimore Ravens fear running back J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending ACL tear during Saturday night’s preseason finale against the Washington Football Team, NFL Network reported.

The second-year back was scheduled to have an MRI on his left knee Sunday to confirm the initial diagnosis.

Dobbins, 22, was carted to the locker room after sustaining the injury on the opening drive. He was sandwiched by multiple defenders after catching a screen pass and his left leg appeared to get bent backward. He wasn’t able to put any pressure on it and needed help to the sideline.

A second-round pick in 2020, Dobbins rushed for 805 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games (one start) as a rookie.

He also caught 18 passes for 120 yards out of the backfield. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry, the second-highest clip by a rookie over the past 20 seasons, per ESPN. The Saints’ Alvin Kamara averaged 6.1 in his rookie season in 2017.

Gus Edwards is Baltimore’s No. 2 running back and would likely become the Week 1 starter if Dobbins is ruled out for the season.

–Field Level Media

Aug 14, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens linebacker L.J. Fort (3) walks across the field during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens fear ACL tear for LB L.J. Fort

The Baltimore Ravens fear linebacker L.J. Fort suffered a season-ending ACL tear during Saturday night’s preseason win at Carolina, The Athletic reported Sunday.

The 31-year-old veteran exited the game in the second quarter and did not return.

“I think (his knee) got stuck in that astroturf out there, unfortunately,” head coach John Harbaugh said after his team’s 20-3 defeat of the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. “So, we’ll get final word probably with an MRI, but L.J. has been playing great, practicing great. So it’s going to be an unfortunate injury for him, if that’s where it turns out to be.”

Fort has played in 26 games (16 starts) since joining the Ravens in 2019, registering 53 tackles with two sacks and two fumble recoveries.

He has 173 tackles, five sacks and one interception in 91 career games (19 starts) with the Cleveland Browns (2012), Seattle Seahawks (2014), Pittsburgh Steelers (2015-18), Philadelphia Eagles (2019) and Ravens.

–Field Level Media

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) is pushed out of bounds by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither (59) in the third quarter during a Week 17 NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Baltimore Ravens won, 38-3. The Cincinnati Bengals finished with 2020 season 4-11-1.

Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Week 17 Jan 3

Ravens TE Mark Andrews treated for ‘serious cramping’

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was treated for cramping after a scary incident during Thursday’s hot and humid practice session.

“Mark’s cramping. He’s got some pretty serious cramping going on,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “So he’s got to work through it. Humidity really shot up and obviously he’s working super hard, and he’s got to get that calmed down a little bit.”

Various reports from the scene said the 25-year-old Andrews appeared to be in agony and may have collapsed on the sideline before being attended to by an ambulance crew and treated with intravenous fluids.

The Ravens were participating in a joint practice with the Carolina Panthers in Spartanburg, S.C.

A third-round draft pick in 2018, Andrews made the Pro Bowl in 2019 and has 156 receptions for 2,105 yards and 20 touchdowns in 45 games (nine starts) with the Ravens.

Andrews caught 58 passes for 701 yards and seven scores in 14 games last season.

–Field Level Media

May 26, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (12) in action during an OTA at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman to have groin surgery

Baltimore Ravens rookie receiver Rashod Bateman will have groin surgery and be sidelined until September, coach John Harbaugh told reporters Thursday.

“He’s actually getting a surgery either today or Friday on his groin,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll be back from that some time in September, so I think that’s pretty good news.”

The 21-year-old first-round draft pick limped off the practice field Tuesday. He fell to the ground after making a cut while working against cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Ravens open the regular season against the host Las Vegas Raiders on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 13.

Bateman caught 147 passes for 2,395 yards and 19 touchdowns over three seasons at the University of Minnesota from 2018-20.

–Field Level Media

May 26, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (12) in action during an OTA at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (groin) out ‘not months, weeks’

Baltimore Ravens rookie receiver Rashod Bateman will be sidelined “a number of weeks” with a leg injury, coach John Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday.

“He’s got a soft tissue, a leg issue that’s gonna be weeks, a number of weeks,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know how many. It’s not going to be months, but it’ll be weeks and we’ll see where we’re at.”

The 21-year-old first-round draft pick limped off the practice field Tuesday with what was originally reported as a groin injury. He fell to the ground after making a cut while working against cornerback Marcus Peters.

Bateman will miss Baltimore’s preseason opener Saturday against the visiting New Orleans Saints. The Ravens open the regular season on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 13.

Bateman caught 147 passes for 2,395 yards and 19 touchdowns over three seasons at the University of Minnesota from 2018-20.

–Field Level Media

May 26, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks on during an OTA at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens activate QB Lamar Jackson from COVID-19 list

The Baltimore Ravens activated quarterback Lamar Jackson from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

The Ravens confirmed Jackson tested positive for the coronavirus on July 28, one day after veterans reported to training camp.

Players who are not vaccinated can miss 10 days for a positive test.

It was the second bout with COVID-19 for the 2019 league MVP, who also tested positive last November and had to sit out the Thanksgiving game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jackson is 30-7 in three seasons as the Baltimore starter, completing 64.0 percent of his passes for 7,085 yards with 68 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He has also rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two years, raising his career total to 2,906 rushing yards with 19 scores.

The Ravens and Jackson, 24, are working on a long-term deal before he becomes eligible for free agency in 2023. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, also a member of the NFL’s 2018 draft class, agreed to a six-year extension worth a reported $258 million on Friday.

–Field Level Media