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BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Critics raised their eyebrows Sunday when Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh decided to keep his star quarterback in late in the game during a rout of the Cleveland Browns in the team’s Regular Season opener. But reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson defended Harbaugh’s decision during a press conference Wednesday.

“We didn’t have no preseason games, so that was my first time getting tackled since January,” Jackson said. “I felt we needed that. Coach knows what he’s doing, so you know it is what it is. You can get hurt at any time, and I’m good and I came out the game 100 percent, so it’s fine.”

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Harbaugh fired back at critics during a press conference Monday. He said that the Ravens weren’t the only team in Week 1 to leave their starting quarterback in the entire game during a blowout. The Seattle Seahawks opted to keep their star quarterback, Russell Wilson, in late in the game during a 38-25 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.


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“Take a look at Seattle with Russell Wilson,” Harbaugh said. “I would encourage you to do your homework on that.”

Harbaugh added that the team is not, “going to just react to every criticism.”

Lamar Jackson looks on after the game against the Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Jackson earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Cleveland. He completed 20 of 25 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 152.2.

The Ravens will travel to Houston to take on the Texans in Week 2 of the Regular Season. Last year, Jackson and the Ravens went on to defeat the Texans 41-7. In that game, Jackson threw for four touchdowns and 222 yards. The Ravens defense kept Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson quiet. Watson went just 18-of-29 for 169 yards and threw an interception.

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Tottenham transfer move for Southampton’s Danny Ings has ‘absolutely zero’ chance, says boss Ralph Hasenhuttl

RALPH HASENHUTTL has no fears of Danny Ings’ head being turned following Tottenham’s failed approach to sign him.

Spurs, who travel to St Mary’s on Sunday, were this week told in no uncertain terms by Southampton that the striker is not for sale.

2Danny Ings scored 22 times in the Premier League last season - and he's not going anywhereCredit: Getty Images - Getty

It is the sort of situation which can unsettle some players.

But Saints boss Hasenhuttl does not think that will be the case given Ings already knows that the grass is not always greener at a big club from his three years at Liverpool.

The Austrian said: “He knows what he has with us.

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“He was at one time at a big club. He knows how good it feels to play every week, every game and to be in a team where everybody loves him.

“This crowd is loving him. It’s something you don’t have very often.

“He made also from here the step to the international squad, so what else do you want?

“It’s also possible from Southampton to play internationals for England, to come maybe to the next Euros.

“It’s up to him to show up again and we will do everything we can to bring him in the right position.”

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Ings hit 22 Premier League goals last season - finishing just one behind top-scorer Jamie Vardy.

He picked up his second England cap five years after his first by coming on as a second-half sub in the 1-0 win in Iceland earlier this month.

Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign a new centre-forward, despite Gareth Bale’s impending move back from Real Madrid.

Yet Hasenhuttl said: “The only thing I want to say for these rumours is there is absolutely zero interest from Danny to go anywhere.

“He is 100 per cent happy to be here. For us it is 100 per cent not discussable that we leave (let go) one of the best players in Europe.

“Any rumours about that are absolutely nonsense and hopefully this is the last time we speak about this.

“He’s the most important striker in our team, one of our own, if you want.

“He loves what we do here. He loves to play for us and the team loves to play with him.”

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