NFL injury updates, latest league news from Wednesday, Jan. 5 –
Lamar Jackson’s status for the season finale remains up in the air.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t have any update for Jackson’s status ahead of Wednesday’s practice, and wouldn’t discuss if the Ravens quarterback would have enough time to be ready to play on Sunday versus the Steelers.
“I don’t see the value of even talking about it at this point,” Harbaugh said, via Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.
Jackson ((ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.
Jackson hasn’t played since suffering an ankle injury in a Week 14 loss to the Browns. The former MVP made his first practice appearance last Wednesday but was shut down for the remainder of the week because of the injury. Backup QB Tyler Huntley has proven his worth in Jackson’s absence, but the Ravens have yet to end a five-game skid heading into Week 18.
With Baltimore having an outside chance at the playoffs, perhaps Harbaugh is keeping his cards close to the vest against a division rival. The Ravens can clinch a playoff berth with a win over Pittsburgh combined with a Chargers loss, a Colts loss, and a Dolphins loss or tie.
The Cowboys could be without multiple starters for their season finale due to COVID-19. Plus, other news from around the NFL.
Drew Lock’s place in the Broncos’ future is far from solidified, but the young QB is not letting that uncertainty affect his mindset going into the season finale against the Chiefs.
With the Dolphins missing the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and third under Brian Flores, the questions regarding the future of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will begin to swirl again in South Beach.
Mike Zimmer’s future in Minnesota remains unknown as the Vikings head into their season finale against the Bears on Sunday. Zimmer said regardless of how it plays out, he’s proud of the job he and his staff have done.
It appears Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and general manager Brian Gutekunst have gotten on the same page and mended fences.
With the Colts vying for a playoff spot, it might be the worst time for a bad practice, which is a message Pro Bowl linebacker Darius Leonard made loud and clear in Wednesday’s eighth episode of “Hard Knocks In Season: The Indianapolis Colts.”  
Charles Leno, released by the Bears in May, has been excellent since joining Washington and is being rewarded with a three-year, $37.5 million contract extension, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday night. 
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called NFL-award voter Hub Arkush a “bum” on Wednesday, a day after the longtime Chicago sportswriter said he would not vote for Rodgers as 2021 AP NFL Most Valuable Player based on the QB’s character and off-field issues. 
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returned to practice Wednesday after throwing for the first time since his thumb injury.
As a matter of routine, the league has issued reminders to teams, ahead of the NFL draft, about what constitutes improper questioning in their personal interviews with draft prospects. This year, however, violations of those guidelines could come with an especially tangible and painful penalty — forfeiture of a draft pick no lower than a fourth-round selection.
Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, putting his availability in question for Saturday’s Week 18 game against the Eagles.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry was designated to return to practice on Wednesday and is gearing up for a playoff run weeks after undergoing foot surgery. 
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