Lamar Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to another win on Sunday and kept them squarely in the playoff hunt, and the team’s back-to-back victories could lead to head coach John Harbaugh having to make a tough decision.
Following Baltimore’s 34-17 win over the Oakland Raiders, Harbaugh said he is not going to get into naming a starter for Week 13. For what it’s worth, he did not commit to Joe Flacco being the starter when the veteran returns from a hip injury.
A report from Sunday indicated that Flacco is expected to return from his hip injury and practice this week, and Harbaugh acknowledged that that would be right around the time the QB was supposed to be cleared.
While Jackson threw two interceptions on Sunday and was still able to beat a sub-par opponent, the Ravens had lost three consecutive games before the rookie took over as the starter and have now won two in a row. Sometimes a struggling team needs a spark, and it sure looks like Jackson has provided that in Baltimore.
The hip injury that Joe Flacco has been dealing with in recent weeks is not one that is expected to keep him out long-term, but rookie Lamar Jackson’s performance could.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Sunday that Flacco is expected to resume practicing on Tuesday after resting his injured hip for two weeks. However, the veteran is apparently not a lock to get his starting job back if Jackson plays well on Sunday.
“At this point (Flacco is unclear) of the starting status moving forward,” La Canfora wrote on Twitter. “(If) the Ravens beat the Raiders today, Lamar Jackson has a strong shot (to) keep the job.”
If that’s the case, Flacco may be in legitimate danger of being benched. Jackson provided a spark in a 24-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last week, particularly by rushing for 117 yards on 27 attempts. The yards were the most by a quarterback in Ravens franchise history, and the attempts were the most by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era. There’s no reason to think Jackson can’t repeat that against the Raiders, who are one of the worst teams in football.
Jackson hinted this week that he has a slightly different plan for Week 12, but he has a great opportunity to keep the starting job going forward. The Ravens are still very much in the playoff hunt at 5-5, and John Harbaugh may ride the hot hand with his job reportedly in jeopardy.
Joe Flacco may be in the frame for a Week 12 return after all.
Coach John Harbaugh refused to rule out a potential Flacco return, saying it ultimately depends on how his ailing hip responds to treatment during the week.
Harbaugh’s quote is a slight change in course from Sunday, when he seemed to rule Flacco out. The chances are that Lamar Jackson will probably get another start against the Oakland Raiders, and Flacco is more likely to return the week after that unless Jackson impresses again.
It looks unlikely that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will be able to return next week.
Flacco, who is dealing with a hip injury, didn’t play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. According to coach John Harbaugh, his prognosis for next Sunday against the Oakland Raiders doesn’t look much better.
This would be Flacco’s second consecutive absence, which fits with the original reporting as to how long he might be out. That puts Lamar Jackson in line to get another start against Oakland, and it seems likely that the Ravens will lean on the same run-heavy approach they used to beat the Bengals to try and win that game, too.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not expected to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, but it does not sound like the hip injury he is dealing with is one that will affect him long-term.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Flacco will not require surgery on his injured hip. He could, however, sit out next week’s game against the Oakland Raiders in addition to Sunday.
The Ravens are hoping rookie Lamar Jackson will be able to provide them with a spark on offense, as they are still fighting for a playoff spot at 4-5. If the first-round pick is not ready to lead the team on the big stage, Baltimore could be all but out of the postseason hunt by the time Flacco is cleared to return.
The Baltimore Ravens are 4-5 heading into Week 11 and fighting for a playoff spot, and it sounds like they will be relying on a backup quarterback to help keep them in the hunt.
Joe Flacco has missed practice all week with a hip injury, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that it is “very unlikely” he will be able to play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
The question now becomes who will draw the start — rookie Lamar Jackson or veteran Robert Griffin III. Jackson missed practice on Thursday with a stomach illness, but he was back on the field Friday. Both players have received first-team reps this week, though Ravens coach John Harbaugh says he is not going to name a starter in advance.
With the Ravens still in playoff contention and Harbaugh’s job basically on the line, the coach will likely start the QB that he believes gives the team a better chance to win. Fans want to see what Jackson can do, but there’s no guarantee we won’t see RG3.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has not been practicing this week because of a hip injury, leading many to speculate that we could see rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson get his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. However, the Ravens could opt for their veteran backup instead.
As Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic noted on Wednesday, the Ravens have said Robert Griffin III is an option to start, and RG3 has been preparing accordingly.
Jackson has also been preparing as though he could start, and the Ravens are not sharing much information about their contingency plan should Flacco be forced to sit.
Baltimore is 4-5, so John Harbaugh will play the quarterback he believes gives the team the best chance to win if Flacco is unable to go. The Ravens would undoubtedly start Jackson if they were out of playoff contention, but that is not the case. It’s worth noting that RG3 was ahead of Jackson on the depth chart at one point, so it remains to be seen if that is still the case.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is reportedly dealing with a pretty significant hip injury.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Flacco may need surgery or rest on his injured hip, which could lead to Lamar Jackson becoming the starter after the team’s bye this week.
The injury would throw a pretty significant wrench in Baltimore’s plans. John Harbaugh may be coaching for his job, and he may have to do it with a rookie quarterback under center. This also may mean Flacco’s time in Baltimore could be winding down after another middling season.
Week 9 saw a matchup between two NFC titans, and an evening matchup between two of the game’s top quarterbacks. It was another shaky week for some kickers, while some teams that have had a lot of success were suddenly stopped in their tracks. One team may have turned in the worst performance all season to date, too.
Here’s a look at the 15 biggest disappointments from NFL Week 9.
Sam Darnold, QB, Jets
There was always an acceptance that Darnold was going to have some hiccups in his rookie season, but we’ve moved beyond hiccups to something more worrisome. Darnold was very bad against a Miami Dolphins team that could have been beaten with a better performance. He threw four interceptions, including a pick-six, and failed to find the end zone once. This is the third consecutive outright bad game for Darnold, and unlike the others, this wasn’t really against a top-notch defensive opponent. No quarterback change is coming, but it’s concerning that the question even had to be asked.
Joe Flacco has never been the most beloved quarterback in the world, but the Baltimore Ravens veteran did himself no favors on Sunday.
Flacco looked to have an easy touchdown on 3rd and goal from the five against the Pittsburgh Steelers, with Lamar Jackson wide open and heading for the end zone. Flacco somehow didn’t see his open receiver and ended up throwing the ball away instead.
The Raven veteran immediately earned the derision of Twitter for his error.
The Ravens had to settle for a field goal and immediately fell behind on the next drive when Pittsburgh scored a touchdown.
The last time these two teams met, Flacco upset the Steelers with some comments about the points he felt his offense left on the field. Maybe that’ll be true again, but Flacco will be the one leaving them there.