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Ravens find emergency hero in Tyler Huntley

Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Tyler Huntley was called upon to step up for the team once again in the game against the Cleveland Browns. Lamar Jackson went down due an ankle injury causing Huntley to be thrust into action. 

Huntley was ready to play when his number was called. He completed 26 of his 38 pass attempts for 270 yards and a touchdown.

“Every week I feel like you’ve got to be one play away— Lamar [Jackson], he’s a tough soldier, so you know what I’m saying, I’m thinking he’s going to play regardless. He could be breaking out in a sweat and I feel like he’s going to play. But today it just was different circumstances that I happened to play,” Huntley said.

The Ravens fell short against the Browns, losing the game by a score of 24-22. However, Huntley once again showed that he is capable of leading Baltimore’s offense in pinch.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t have expected anything less.

“Right from day one when he came in as an undrafted free agent, and it was not too big for him then,” Harbaugh said. “It was never too big in practice, never too big in a preseason game, and he came out here on the big stage, and it wasn’t too big for him here, either.”

 Jackson left the stadium in a walking boot on Sunday. Tests revealed that he has an ankle sprain. Fortunately for Baltimore, it’s not a high ankle sprain, which means there is a chance that Jackson will suit up for the next game against the Green Bay Packers. 

If for any reason Jackson can’t go for the Ravens, the team knows they have a viable option in Huntley. 

“The plans are right now, in my mind, for Lamar [Jackson] to be out there,” Harbaugh said. “So, we’ll see where it goes this week. If he can go, he’ll go. If not, Tyler [Huntley] will be the quarterback. So, that’s where we’re at.”

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