Flacco (hip) is still getting treatment and will start Sunday's game against the Bengals if he is healthy enough to play, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Coach John Harbaugh essentially shut down rumors about the Ravens using Flacco's hip injury as a convenient excuse to take a look at Lamar Jackson. It appears the 33-year-old truly is dealing with a considerable injury -- one serious enough to warrant the use of crutches over the weekend. There was also a report last week about surgery being an option, but it now seems the Ravens are taking a day-by-day approach with optimism the hip injury will heal on its own. As if the situation weren't tricky enough, Harbaugh said Jackson and Robert Griffin are both candidates to get the Week 11 start if Flacco can't play, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com.
Flacco was recently spotted in the Baltimore area using crutches while he contends with a hip injury, but the Ravens view him as day-to-day rather than week-to-week heading into their next game Nov. 18 against the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Rapoport adds that there's a good chance Flacco will be available to play against Cincinnati if he takes part in practice following the team's Week 10 bye, but the Ravens remain unsure if the quarterback is ready to resume even light on-field work. More clarity on Flacco's outlook should come forth by the middle of the week, but regardless of which direction the signal-caller's health is trending, Baltimore will almost certainly prepare rookie Lamar Jackson for a possible starting assignment by getting him more reps with the first-team offense in practice. Even if Flacco gains clearance to play by next weekend, there's a decent chance Jackson takes on an enhanced role on offense if the hip injury further limits Flacco's already below-average mobility.
Flacco is seeking medical opinions for a hip injury, with surgery and prolonged rest considered two of the options for treatment, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. The third option is to simply play through the injury, but La Canfora believes that's the least likely of the choices. It means Lamar Jackson could be under center after a Week 10 bye when the Ravens host the Bengals on Nov. 18. There were already rumblings about a transition before the hip injury was reported, with Jackson viewed as the franchise quarterback of the future and Baltimore mired in a three-game losing streak. Given his upside as a rushing threat, Jackson should now be owned in all two-QB formats as well as many single-QB leagues.
Coach John Harbaugh suggested Flacco will continue to start at quarterback after a Week 10 bye, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Flacco had been enjoying one of his better seasons prior to his struggles the past two weeks in losses to Carolina and Pittsburgh. The Ravens aren't quite ready to make the switch to Lamar Jackson, but they could reassess if they fall out of the wild-card race in the AFC. A home loss to Cincinnati in Week 11 would put the team in an awfully tough position.
Flacco completed 23 of 37 passes for 206 yards without a touchdown or turnover in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Steelers. Flacco took a major step back in his home meeting with this AFC North rival after throwing for 363 yards and two touchdowns when these teams met in Pittsburgh in Week 4. The veteran quarterback has come back down to earth after a hot start, posting a 4:4 TD:INT over the past five weeks after opening with an 8:2 mark in the first four games. Flacco will hope to recapture that strong early-season form following Baltimore's Week 10 bye.
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