While the Baltimore Ravens managed to beat the Denver Broncos 10-9 on Sunday, Ravens fans emerged from the game worried, as star quarterback Lamar Jackson left the contest during the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return.
We now know the diagnosis of Jackson's injury and how much time he'll likely miss.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Jackson sprained the PCL in his knee. That injury generally carries a return-to-play timeline of one to three weeks.
"Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson suffered a sprained PCL during Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos, per league sources," Schefter tweeted. "PCL injuries often sideline players 1-to-3 weeks and Ravens’ HC John Harbaugh already has said Jackson is 'less likely' to play Sunday vs. the Steelers."
Schefter's report jives with what Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Monday when he called Jackson week-to-week but said he's unlikely to take the field when the Ravens face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
The good news for Ravens fans is that it sounds like Jackson will be back this season.
Upon seeing Jackson leave Sunday's game, many likely feared the team was doomed for a repeat of last year, when the Ravens lost their final five games of the season after Jackson sprained his ankle and missed the playoffs as a result.
Tyler Huntley is expected to start behind center for however long Jackson is sidelined. Huntley showed some impressive flashes Sunday, such as when he led the a game-winning, 91-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, which he capped with a rushing touchdown.
In five extended appearances last season, Huntley completed 66.1 percent of his passes and scored six touchdowns compared to four interceptions.
Should Jackson's injury sideline him beyond this week, he could miss matchups against the Cleveland Browns in Week 15 and the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. The Ravens, currently leading the AFC North thanks to their head-to-head victory over the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this year, then close the season against the Steelers and the Bengals.