Ravens QB Lamar Jackson still undecided on COVID-19 vaccine despite getting virus twice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson still is undecided on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine despite being infected with the virus twice in the past eight months. 

“I just got off the COVID list,” Jackson said after Monday’s practice when asked if he would get the vaccine, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “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.”

Jackson returned to training camp Saturday after being sidelined for 10 days following a positive COVID-19 test. According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Jackson was experiencing “a lot of COVID symptoms” while he was out. 

The 24-year-old was later asked about his reaction when he found out he tested positive for COVID-19 a second time. According to Hensley, he “mouthed some words angrily and waved his arms in disgust.”

“What the … again?” Jackson said, per ESPN. “It was crazy. I was heartbroken. I wasn’t looking forward to that at all. Right before camp … not again, not right now.”

The former MVP added that he was not worried about the long-term effects of getting the virus. 

Jackson also tested positive for COVID-19 in November, forcing him to miss a Week 12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Robert Griffin III started that game in his place.

The Louisville product is entering his fourth NFL season and has accomplished a lot in his young career despite not yet winning a Super Bowl. He is 30-7 during the regular season as a starter and has led the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his three seasons.

Given his level of production, Jackson is due for a massive contract extension in the coming weeks and months. He could become one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL, joining Patrick Mahomes ($45 million average annual value) and Josh Allen ($43 million AAV).

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