Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson made an interesting decision during Wild Card Weekend. He opted against traveling with his teammates as Baltimore took on Cincinnati in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. That didn’t sit well with many fans.
Jackson missed the final five games of the regular season with injury and was ruled out for Baltimore’s playoff game against Cincinnati. The quarterback decided not to go to Sunday’s game, which the Ravens lost 31-24.
Jackson’s absence from the game didn’t go over very well with fans across the league. Vegas Insider’s Joe Osborne said the QB “quit” on his team:
A former MTV star said Jackson’s absence spoke “volumes” about his leadership:
Another Twitter user said it was a “weird” thing for Jackson to do to his teammates:
It was certainly a strange decision to miss the biggest game of the year. Jackson has had some contract issues with Baltimore dating back to the offseason, so perhaps he’s done with the organization.
Either way, it’s one of the odder storylines from this year’s NFL postseason.
J.K. Dobbins Says Ravens Would’ve Won with Lamar Jackson
Even though Baltimore was short-handed at quarterback, it had its chances to advance to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. Running back J.K. Dobbins wanted everyone to know that, had the Ravens been at full strength, they would’ve won.
After the game, Dobbins said, “If we’d have had Lamar, we’d have won too.”
Dobbins was furious following Sunday’s loss, leading to Baltimore’s early exit. He believes he should’ve seen more touches — and also should’ve gotten the ball on a goal-line carry that Bengals defensive lineman Sam Hubbard returned for a touchdown.
“He [Huntley] should have never been in that situation,” Dobbins said, via ESPN. “I don’t get a single carry. I didn’t get a single carry. He should never have been in that situation. I believe I would have put it in the end zone, again.”
Dobbins ended the game with 62 yards on 13 carries.