Lamar Jackson told reporters on Monday he was frustrated over his second bout with Covid-19 in less than a year but in his first comments since coming off of the Reserve/Covid-19 list said he was still weighing whether or not he would get vaccinated.
His first bout, which came during the 2020 season, was part of an outbreak on the team that affected more than 20 people in the organization.
“What the …. again?!? It was crazy,” Jackson said to reporters when asked about his reaction to testing positive. “I was heartbroken. I wasn’t looking forward to that at all right before camp. It was like, not again, not right now. But it’s over with.”
As has been a common phrase among NFL players, he stressed it's a personal decision and said he was going to "talk to my team to see how they feel about it."
Jackson, 24, would be one of the last Ravens players to get vaccinated headed into the season. The Ravens had one of the best vaccination rates in the NFL entering training camp with “90 percent range and rising.”
The league MVP two seasons ago threw for 2,757 yards in 15 games in 2020, with 26 touchdowns. He added 1,005 yards on the ground with seven rushing scores. The Ravens massively boosted their wide receiver corps in the offseason with the signing of Sammy Watkins and draft selections of Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace.