Coach John Harbaugh said that Flacco (hip) would practice fully Wednesday and will face no restrictions as he returns to action in a backup role Sunday against the Buccaneers, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With Flacco ready to go after missing the Ravens' prior four games with a strained right hip, Harbaugh was finally forced to make a tough decision between Flacco and Lamar Jackson as his starting quarterback. To little surprise, Jackson was named the Week 15 starter after sparking a dormant rushing attack and leading the Ravens to wins in three of their last four contests. Jackson could still use some polish as a passer -- he's completed only 58.4 percent of his throws for 6.8 yards per attempt, four touchdowns and three interceptions this season -- but Flacco (61.2 percent, 6.5 YPA, 12:4 TD:INT in nine games) doesn't represent a major upgrade on that front. There's a possibility that Harbaugh could rotate Flacco in for a few snaps per game to keep opposing defenses guessing, but the veteran likely won't see enough involvement to warrant a lineup spot even in most two-quarterback formats.
Coach John Harbaugh said Flacco (hip) would serve as the backup to Lamar Jackson (ankle) in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
After logging full practice participation last Friday before being listed as inactive for the fourth straight week ahead of Sunday's overtime loss to the Chiefs, Flacco seems to have just about moved past the right hip issue that has been plaguing him. Despite his improved health, Flacco will surrendered the starting gig for the first time in his NFL career, in part due to his spotty play beforehand. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Harbaugh said that he made the decision because he felt Jackson, who guided Baltimore to three wins in four starts to keep the team's playoff hopes afloat, gives the Ravens the best chance to win right now. While Jackson has added another dimension to a suddenly potent running attack, he's shown some limitations as a passer, making it possible that Flacco will have a minor role in the game plan Sunday if the Ravens wish to dial up a big play downfield.
Coach John Harbaugh suggested Flacco (hip) will have a role in Week 15 against Tampa Bay, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. "It stands to reason that if Joe's ready to go, he'll be part of the game plan," Harbaugh said Monday. "He's too good of a player not to be."
Harbaugh seems to be hinting at splitting snaps between his two quarterbacks rather than having Flacco replace Lamar Jackson (ankle) as the starter. The team needs Jackson on the field to run the ball effectively, but he does leave a lot to be desired in obvious passing situations, even after showing some progress on that front during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Chiefs. Jackson's ankle injury adds another dimension to the situation, though both he and Harbaugh have downplayed the severity. If nothing else, Flacco should be available as the team's No. 2 quarterback after spending the past four weeks on the inactive list. This won't be the last we hear about the Ravens' quarterback situation this week.
Flacco (hip) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Despite advancing to full practice participation Friday and expressing confidence in the health of his right hip, Flacco will be sidelined for a fourth straight contest. The choice to make Flacco inactive might just be the coaching staff passing the buck on the tough decision of demoting Flacco the No. 2 role behind Lamar Jackson, who has guided the Ravens to a 3-0 record in the veteran's stead. Jackson will face his stiffest test to date against the 10-2 Chiefs, so if the rookie can generate an upset on the road or at least keep the Ravens competitive, it stands to reason that he'll stick in the starting role Week 15 against the Buccaneers regardless of Flacco's health. Assuming no setbacks in practice during the upcoming week, Flacco will have a good chance to at least serve as the No. 2 quarterback ahead of Robert Griffin for that contest.
Flacco, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, is dealing with a small tear in his right hip but is rapidly approaching full health, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The specifics of the right hip injury Flacco has been dealing with for the past month hadn't been revealed, so Rapoport's report provides some illumination on that front. After sitting out the Ravens' last three games and practicing throughout this week -- including in full capacity Friday -- Flacco believes he's healthy enough to start. It's unclear if the Ravens agree with that assessment, however, or if they're even eager to hand the top gig back to Flacco if they are comfortable with his health. Over the past three games while filling in for Flacco, Lamar Jackson hasn't offered much of an upgrade as a passer, but his dynamic ability as a runner has sparked the Baltimore offense en route to three consecutive wins. With that in mind, it's expected Jackson will receive another start in Kansas City, though Flacco could have a role in the game plan if he dresses as the No. 2 quarterback.
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