Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, a former University of Louisville quarterback, puts his arm around former Cardinals head football coach Howard Schnellenberger in the VIP room of the Louisville Sports Commission's 2019 Paul Hornung Award Banquet.

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Louisville to retire Lamar Jackson’s No. 8 jersey

Louisville will retire quarterback Lamar Jackson’s No. 8 jersey number during a ceremony at the Cardinals’ home game against Syracuse on Nov. 13.

Jackson will join fellow quarterback Johnny Unitas as the lone Louisville players to have their numbers retired. Unitas’ No. 16 was retired by the school in 2003.

Louisville surprised Jackson by informing him of the school’s decision with a video announcement on Friday.

“I (thought) I was gonna come down here and do an interview,” Jackson said after hearing the news. “(I thought) I’m comin’ down here to talk to my people from the ‘Ville. That was dope, man. That was crazy.

“I feel like I won the Heisman again.”

Jackson became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy in 2016. He also was a finalist for the award the following year.

In his three years with the Cardinals, Jackson passed for 9,043 yards and 69 touchdowns while adding 4,132 yards and 50 scores on the ground.

Jackson was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He went on to win the NFL’s MVP award after his second season.

“Lamar earned the Heisman and then the NFL MVP, and he’s not even 25 years old,” said Vince Tyra, Louisville vice president/director of athletics. “Even more remarkable, he’s only getting better. He was born shortly before Tom Brady entered the league so has the time to go beyond anything we’ve seen before. His humble heart and grounded approach endear him to his teammates, his coaches and any staff he’s ever been around. He knows it takes 11 to be successful on offense, not one. We’re so proud to retire his No. 8 for what he has accomplished so far but are equally excited about what’s to come. This city has big L’s up for our guy.”

Wide receiver Tyler Harrell and defensive lineman Henry Bryant currently wear the No. 8 for Louisville this season. They will be allowed to finish the season with that jersey number before it will be retired at the end of the year.

–Field Level Media

Oct 11, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) stands on the field during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson returns to practice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday’s session due to an illness.

He is back on track to start Sunday when the Ravens (4-1) host the Los Angeles Chargers (4-1).

Jackson is coming off a 442-yard, four-touchdown effort in a Week 5 win against the Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens’ fourth straight victory.

The former MVP has completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 1,519 yards with eight TDs and three interceptions in five games this season. Jackson has rushed for 341 yards and two scores.

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Sep 26, 2021; Detroit, MI, USA;  Detroit Lions linebacker Charles Harris sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson during the second half of the Lions' 19-17 loss at Ford Field on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Mandatory Credit: Junfu Han-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (back) expected to play Sunday

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is expected to play Sunday against the undefeated Denver Broncos, NFL Network reported Friday.

Jackson, 24, missed the past two days of practice with what Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman called “a little back flare-up.”

“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Roman said. “But we’re just going to have to kind of wait and see. I think he’s going to be in good shape. We’ll wait and see.”

The 2019 NFL MVP played the entire game in the Ravens’ dramatic victory over the Detroit Lions last Sunday. He also missed practice time last week with what was called a stomach bug.

Tyler Huntley, the undrafted backup out of Utah, has taken first-team snaps in Jackson’s absence this week. In his second season, Huntley has only five regular-season passing attempts — completing three of them for 15 yards.

In three games this season for the Ravens (2-1), Jackson has completed 53-of-87 passes for 761 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has run for 251 yards and two touchdowns.

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Sep 26, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lamar Jackson (back) misses practice for second straight day

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has a sore back and missed practice Thursday for the second straight day.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman didn’t seem too concerned, calling it a “little back flare-up.”

“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Roman said before practice. “But we’re just going to have to kind of wait and see. I think he’s going to be in good shape. We’ll wait and see.”

Jackson has missed only two games in his three-plus seasons since the Ravens selected him No. 32 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Neither was for injury. He sat out the final week of the 2019 season because the Ravens already had clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and missed another week in 2020 following a positive COVID-19 test.

If the 24-year-old Jackson can’t play Sunday in Denver against the undefeated Broncos (3-0), the Ravens would be without their starting quarterback and top rusher. With three running backs out for the season, including J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, Jackson leads the Ravens in rushing with 251 yards on 35 carries — good for fourth in the NFL and trailing only Derrick Henry of Tennessee (353), Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon (286) and Nick Chubb of Cleveland (262).

Former Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley backs up Jackson, who also missed practice last Thursday with a stomach bug.

“We definitely want him and everybody out for every practice,” Roman said. “When they’re not, we adjust accordingly. Thankfully, we’ve been in this system going into three years now. With Lamar, it’s a little bit different than a guy who just got here.”

In three games this season for the Ravens (2-1), Jackson has completed 53-of-87 passes for 761 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

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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 misses practice with sore hip from flip

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed practice Thursday, a day after he said his hip was sore from flipping into the end zone in last week’s game.

Jackson was not on the Ravens’ initial injury report Wednesday.

Jackson capped the Ravens’ comeback to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 with an overhead flip into the end zone on his 1-yard touchdown run. He landed on the hip, leading to the soreness.

Jackson was one of five Ravens who didn’t practice Thursday, joining wide receiver Marquise Brown (ankle), offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle), safety DeShon Elliott (concussion) and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe (back/hip).

Jackson has thrown for 474 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions, while rushing 28 times for 193 yards and two scores.

Tyler Huntley is the backup to Jackson for the Ravens (1-1), who visit the Detroit Lions (0-2) on Sunday.

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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