Lamar Jackson's status uncertain ahead of Cowboys matchup


The Cowboys will take on an AFC playoff contender in Week 13 -- but it's unclear if they'll have to face the reigning NFL MVP.

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson was placed on the Ravens' covid-19/reserve list after reportedly testing positive on Nov. 26, Thanksgiving night.

Jackson was officially put on the reserve list on Nov. 27, meaning Dec. 8 would mark 10 days since he entered self-quarantine, in accordance with league rules.

That would leave a razor-thin window of at most one day for Jackson to return to practice and prepare for the Dallas game, assuming he continues to test negative and suffers no setbacks.

Asked about the prospect of Jackson's return on Thursday, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh deferred to privacy concerns, according to the Baltimore Sun.

“They all have their different days when they’re possibly allowed to come back, but those are medical decisions, in the end, not coaching decisions,” Harbaugh said. “So when the doctors clear them to practice, that’s when we’ll have them.”

The Ravens-Cowboys game was rescheduled for Dec. 8 after Baltimore's Week 12 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed several times following its team-wide outbreak.

The Ravens-Steelers game was eventually played this week in an impromptu staging of Wednesday Afternoon Football.

Without the services of Jackson, the Ravens turned to backup Robert Griffin III against the Steelers, who struggled against a tough defense and appeared to tweak a hamstring before being pulled in favor of third-stringer Trace McSorley.

The Steelers came away with a 19-14 victory over the Ravens, intensifying the pressure on Baltimore to get back on track after dropping four of their last five games.

If Jackson is able to suit up, it would mark the Cowboys' first game against the Louisville product. The two teams last faced off in 2016, a game Dallas won 27-17.

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