Lamar Jackson was ready for Ravens training camp when he suffered COVID for the second time in eight months.
Jackson originally landed on the COVID list in November before Baltimore’s Week 12 loss to Pittsburgh. And when he learned he had contracted the virus again just before training camp, the Ravens quarterback was “heartbroken.”
“It was crazy. It broke my heart. I wasn’t expecting that at all. Right before camp,” Jackson said. via ESPN. “Not again, not right now.”
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Jackson was “quite affected by the symptoms,” according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh. And Jackson admitted that he was “fatigued” and “sleeping a lot.” Still, he did not promise to be vaccinated against the disease.
“I feel like it’s a personal decision,” Jackson said of the vaccination. “I’m just going to keep my feelings for my family and myself. I’m focused on getting better now. I can’t stop at that now … how others feel. Correct routine.”
However, Jackson acknowledged that he was “talking to doctors” about his decision.
“We’ll see,” Jackson said. Talking to the doctors. We’ll see.
But for now, Jackson is learning more about the vaccine as he looks to get back in shape after his second fight with COVID.
“I’m taking it day by day right now,” he said. “I’m happy to be back. I’m happy to be back with my guys.”
Jackson is one of the few Ravens players who remains unvaccinated. According to Harbaugh, the team entered training camp with a player vaccination rate of 90 percent. By the end of July, 85 percent of NFL players had received at least one dose of the vaccine.