Lamar Jackson breaks news about his status for the Ravens vs. Bengals wildcard game, Derek Carr breaks his silence on his split with the Raiders and the NFL has selected a neutral site for the AFC Championship game if the matchup is Bills vs. Chiefs.
JARED QUAY: The Ravens are going to be without Lamar Jackson when they play the Bengals in the Wild Card round of the playoffs on Sunday. Baltimore's quarterback hasn't played since hurting his knee on December 4th, and took to social media on Thursday night to set the record straight, tweeting that a PCL strain has rendered his left knee unstable. Why?
- They said unstable?
JARED QUAY: Yep. The Ravens are 2 and 3 without Lamar since his injury. And that includes a loss to the Bengals last week. On the bright side, injured backup Tyler Huntley was on the practice field on Thursday. So we'll see if he's healthy enough to play.
It's going to be an uphill battle for Baltimore, no doubt about it. And that's not the only AFC squad with quarterback drama.
- Drama, drama, drama.
JARED QUAY: The Raiders and Derek Carr called it quits with two weeks left in the NFL season. And on Thursday, Las Vegas former franchise quarterback broke his silence on the split. Carr expressed lots of love for Raider Nation and wrote, "I once said that if I'm not a Raider, I'd rather be at home. But I never envisioned it ending this way." Yep, life comes at you real fast sometimes.
- Zoom, zoom.
JARED QUAY: But I'm pretty sure Carr will find a new gig soon. Because there are lots of teams who need help at the quarterback position.
- Still don't have a quarterback.
JARED QUAY: In fact, I can see Carr going to a team like Atlanta and something else we might see in the ATL, the AFC Championship game.
To make a long story short, when the Bills-Bengals game was canceled after Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field, it left both Cincy and Buffalo short one game in the record books, which for the Bills, meant they were denied the opportunity to earn the number one seed and home field advantage. So if the Chiefs and Bills end up in the AFC Championship, the game will be played at a neutral site, Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta. It's a nice stadium.
The Falcons haven't made the playoffs since 2017. So I'm sure local NFL fans will be ready to watch Mahomes and Allen get after it. You know, our rush team was at the Super Bowl in Atlanta in 2019. And let me just say, you better make those Magic City reservations in advance, because it gets booked real quick.
And I mean the restaurant there. I'm not even talking about the other stuff. You know, they got the wings that's fire. You know, the Lou Williams wings, them new lemon pepper William wings, man.
I'll be honest with you. I want some of them now. I might fly to Atlanta, just after this man, get the wings. Uber, take me to the Magic City, man. You want some wings?