OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Joe Flacco took his most important step towards returning Friday, when the Baltimore Ravens’ longtime beginning quarterback totally practiced for the primary time since injuring his proper hip on Nov. four.
Flacco has but to be cleared to play in a recreation, however docs could accomplish that earlier than Sunday’s matchup towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. In Flacco’s absence, first-round choose Lamar Jackson grew to become solely the second rookie quarterback in 9 seasons to win his first three begins (Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz was the opposite).
Whereas the expectation is that Jackson will begin Sunday’s recreation, coach John Harbaugh would not say whether or not he has a call to make at beginning quarterback going ahead.
“I am not moving into all that,” Harbaugh mentioned after Friday’s follow. “… It is not one thing that we’re going to speak about. I am not making an attempt to be coy or intelligent. We’re simply rolling. We’re simply going to play the video games. We do not really feel like we owe any explanations to anyone. We’re going to put our greatest staff on the market and take a look at to go play some soccer.”
Harbaugh acknowledged there’s a situation wherein Flacco will function a backup Sunday, which might be a primary for the previous Tremendous Bowl MVP. Flacco has began all 163 video games he has performed in his 11-year profession.
In the course of the media viewing portion of follow, Flacco moved round significantly better than he did per week in the past however did have a slight hitch in his stroll. He confirmed zip on his passes, together with deep ones down the sector.
“It did not appear like there have been any ailing results from the hip,” Harbaugh mentioned. “From my novice eye, it seems prefer it was the best factor to give him the remaining. We’ll see what the docs say.”
Flacco, 33, is within the midst of one other uneven season. He has accomplished 61.2 % of his passes, throwing 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions (84.2 passer ranking).
With Flacco sidelined, Jackson has led a run-heavy offensive assault. Baltimore grew to become the primary NFL staff since 2010 to rush for over 200 yards in three straight video games. Jackson’s 265 yards dashing are probably the most by a quarterback in his first three begins within the Tremendous Bowl period.
Requested if there could be alternatives for the Ravens to play Flacco and Jackson at completely different occasions throughout the recreation, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg mentioned, “Definitely could be.”
The Ravens (7-5) presently maintain the sixth and remaining playoff spot within the AFC. Baltimore is wanting to finish a three-year playoff drought.
Flacco was not made accessible to reporters Friday.