NFL injury updates, latest league news from Wednesday, Dec. 29

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took a key step toward returning to the playing field Wednesday. He practiced.

It was the star quarterback's first action since injuring his ankle in Week 14. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he's "really hopeful" Jackson will be available for Week 17 versus the Rams.

"I really want to see him out there Sunday, I know the fans do. Most of all, Lamar does," Harbaugh said. "So he's going to do everything he can to be out here. You can't make a promise, because we don't know."

While Harbaugh has expressed similar hope of Jackson's return during the previous two weeks, it seemed unlikely when Jackson was unable to practice at all. Jackson was a limited participant to begin the week.

Backup Tyler Huntley, who was placed on the reserve/COVID -19 list last Saturday, is expected back Thursday.

In other news, the Ravens activated safety Geno Stone, linebackers Justin Houston, Tyus Bowser, Chris Board and Kristian Welch, offensive tackle David Sharpe and QB Chris Streveler from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

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