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NFL: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson won’t commit to vaccination

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said he hasn’t made a decision about the COVID-19 vaccine, despite two bouts with the virus.

Jackson addressed his stance on vaccinations on Monday after practice — just his third eligible day of the summer. He tested positive on July 28 at the start of training camp and sat out the first week of practices. He also missed the Thanksgiving Day game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020.

“I just got off the COVID list,” Jackson said Monday in response to a question about getting vaccinated. “I got to talk to my team about this and see how they feel about it. Keep learning as much as I can about it. We’ll go from there.”

In his session with the media, reporters asked more than once if he’d get the shot.

“I feel it’s a personal decision,” Jackson said. “I’m just going to keep my feelings to my family and myself. I’m focused on getting better right now. I can’t dwell on that right now … how everybody else feels. Just trying to get back to the right routine.”

Jackson is 30-7 in three seasons as the Baltimore starter, completing 64.0 percent of his passes for 7,085 yards with 68 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He has also rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two years, raising his career total to 2,906 rushing yards with 19 scores.

The Ravens and Jackson, 24, are working on a long-term deal before he becomes eligible for free agency in 2023. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, also a member of the NFL’s 2018 draft class, signed a six-year extension worth $258 million on Friday.

Baltimore opens the preseason on Saturday against the visiting New Orleans Saints. The Ravens open the regular season against the host Las Vegas Raiders on Sept. 13.

–Field Level Media

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