OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens formally listed Joe Flacco as doubtful for Sunday’s recreation towards the Cincinnati Bengals, however coach John Harbaugh has nonetheless declined to title his beginning quarterback.
Flacco, who’s coping with a proper hip harm, has by no means performed a recreation after lacking a full week of apply in his 11-year profession. This probably means both rookie first-round decide Lamar Jackson will make his first NFL begin or Robert Griffin III will begin for the primary time in practically two years.
Harbaugh took fairly an quantity of delight in the truth that nobody has found out who’s beginning what is actually a must-win recreation towards the Bengals.
“To cite the A-Crew, ‘I like it when a plan comes collectively,'” Harbaugh mentioned after Friday’s apply.
The Ravens are determined for a win, as is Joe Flacco, who might be changed by first-round decide Lamar Jackson if the postseason is out of attain.
John Harbaugh stays upbeat and targeted on getting his staff again on monitor, not permitting any noise about his future in Baltimore to distract him.
The Ravens now not face a make-or-break level for a season. Sunday’s recreation might change the path of probably the most steady franchises within the NFL.
The rising expectation is the Ravens will flip to Jackson, who’s the one one of many 5 quarterbacks drafted on this 12 months’s first spherical not to begin this season.
Jackson, the No. 32 total decide, has performed in particular packages this 12 months, primarily operating Wildcat-style performs. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner has accomplished 7 of 12 passes this season for 87 yards and one landing, and he is second on the Ravens with 139 yards dashing.
“[He’s a] very diligent, very sensible, very conscious quarterback,” Harbaugh mentioned. “He sees the sport effectively, after which now all the method that goes into simply coaching that eye has been helpful. So, we’ve got seen enchancment, and in apply, he seems to be good.”
The week did not go completely easily for Jackson. He missed Thursday’s apply with an sickness, however he absolutely participated Friday. Jackson was not listed on the harm report.
“That is not very best,” Harbaugh mentioned of Jackson not training Thursday. “Was that a part of the plan? Apparently it was.”
Flacco has began the previous 41 video games for Baltimore, solely lacking six video games in 2015 due to two torn knee ligaments. The Ravens are 2-Four with out Flacco.
If the Ravens need to go together with a extra skilled possibility, Baltimore can begin Griffin. Signed this offseason after being out of NFL final 12 months, Griffin has been inactive for all 9 video games this 12 months.
Griffin hasn’t began a recreation because the 2016 season finale, when he performed for the Cleveland Browns. The No. 2 total decide within the 2012 draft has a 15-25 profession file as a starter.
“They introduced me right here to be a professional; they introduced me right here to assist this staff if want be,” Griffin mentioned. “If my quantity is known as, I am going to give you the option to go on the market and lead this staff.”
Losers of three straight, the Ravens (Four-5) have rather a lot using on Sunday’s recreation towards the Bengals (5-Four). A win would improve their projected playoff probabilities to 43 %, in accordance to ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index. A loss would plummet the possibilities to 7.7 %.