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

Sep 12, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Tyrell Williams (6) catches the ball for a first down in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Lions: Tyrell Williams, Kevin Strong (concussion) out Monday

Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell announced Saturday that wide receiver Tyrell Williams and defensive lineman Kevin Strong will miss Monday night’s game at Green Bay due to concussion protocol.

Both players were hurt in last Sunday’s season-opening 41-33 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Williams caught two passes for 14 yards before exiting in the third quarter after a penalized hit by Jaquiski Tartt. Strong made three tackles but it’s not clear when the injury occurred.

Williams, 29, has 199 receptions for 3,195 yards and 23 touchdowns in 70 games (50 starts) with the Chargers (2015-18), Raiders (2019) and Lions.

Strong, 25, has 23 tackles and one sack in 15 games (one start) with Detroit since 2019.

–Field Level Media

Lions lineman Taylor Decker goes through drills during training camp at the Allen Park facility on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

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Report: Lions LT Taylor Decker (finger) headed to IR

The Detroit Lions are placing left tackle Taylor Decker on injured reserve following finger surgery, NFL Network reported Saturday.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Friday that Decker would be “down for a little bit” after sustaining the injury in practice. Decker is expected to miss about a month.

Rookie Penei Sewell, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 draft, will likely replace Decker in the lineup when Detroit opens the season Sunday against the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

Decker, 28, started all 16 games last season and has made 71 starts since the Lions drafted him in the first round in 2016. He missed eight games in 2017 and one game in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders applauds during a halftime presentation at Ford Field, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. The Lions lost, 34-30.

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Hall of Famer Barry Sanders tests positive for COVID-19

Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders said Friday he is asymptomatic after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Despite being double vaccinated, wearing a mask, and taking all the precautions I could … I tested positive for COVID,” the Detroit Lions great posted on Twitter. “I don’t have any symptoms, but am staying in until I get the green light from the Docs.”

Sanders, 53, said he will be “ready to go” by the time the Lions kick off the regular season on Sept. 12 against the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

“Get well. We’ll see you soon!” the Lions’ official Twitter account wrote to Sanders.

A 10-time Pro Bowl selection, six-time All-Pro, two-time Offensive Player of the Year and the 1997 league MVP, Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Sanders ranks fourth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 15,269 yards. He scored 109 touchdowns (99 rushing) in 153 games with the Lions from 1989-98.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions former player Barry Sanders before the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State to add Barry Sanders to Ring of Honor

Oklahoma State will honor Barry Sanders with a spot in its Ring of Honor and a statue outside Boone Pickens Stadium.

He will take his place in the Ring of Honor on Nov. 13, when the Cowboys host TCU.

Sanders, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a stellar career with the Detroit Lions, was a starter for just one season at Oklahoma State.

In 1988, he ran for 2,850 yards — an average of 237.5 per game — and scored 44 touchdowns. He had four games with at least 300 yards rushing, and in one incredible three-game span, ran for a combined 937 yards and 13 touchdowns against Kansas, Iowa State and Texas Tech.

He went on to win the Heisman Trophy and earn unanimous All-America honors after the 1988 season, which was his third at Oklahoma State. He spent his first two seasons in Stillwater as the backup to another future Hall of Fame member, Thurman Thomas.

Sanders, 53, becomes just the second member of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, following Thomas.

Sanders skipped his senior season and was selected No. 3 overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1989 NFL Draft. In 10 seasons, he ran for 15,269 yards, which stands fourth all-time behind Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Frank Gore.

With the Lions, he scored 109 touchdowns — 99 rushing, 10 receiving — and was a 10-time Pro Bowl section and six-time First-Team All-Pro. Sanders was named MVP in 1997 when he led the NFL with 2,053 rushing yards and 2,358 yards from scrimmage.

–Field Level Media

Edge rushers: Starters - Trey Flowers, Romeo Okwara. Bakcups: *Julian Okwara, Austin Bryant, *Jashon Cornell.

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NFL suspends Lions DL Jashon Cornell three games

The NFL on Thursday suspended Detroit Lions defensive lineman Jashon Cornell for the first three games of the 2021 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

A seventh-round pick out of Ohio State in 2020, Cornell missed his entire rookie season due a torn Achilles tendon.

Cornell revealed the suspension on Twitter.

“I was informed today by the NFL that I would have to miss the first 3 games of the season. Last year after losing a dear friend of mine I made a mistake that was out of my character. I have owned it and worked on learning from it,” he posted.

“Since then I have grown as a person and now a better man. With that being said I apologize to the Lions organization and the fans. I have learned from my mishap.”

Cornell suffered his Achilles injury during a preseason practice last August.

He played in 46 games (15) starts with the Buckeyes from 2016-19, registering seven sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss.

–Field Level Media