In the days leading up to their Week 13 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, the Baltimore Ravens have had plenty of scrutiny around their quarterback situation keyed in on the health of Joe Flacco, who is dealing with an ailing hip injury.
This continues to keep him off the practice field, which was once again the case on Wednesday, according to Shawn Stepner of WMAR ABC Baltimore.
Once again, no Joe Flacco (hip) at practice. Also among the absent today Marshal Yanda, Michael Crabtree, Eric Weddle, Gus Edwards, Alex Collins. @WMAR2News
— Shawn Stepner (@StepnerWMAR) November 28, 2018
The fact Flacco continues to remain out of practice is yet another sign that rookie Lamar Jackson is heading toward his third straight start in Flacco's absence. Jackson has been effective in his first two starts with the Ravens, helping guide them to wins in each contest while proving to be a dual-threat factor with both his arm and legs. He has found most of his success with 190 rushing yards on 37 attempts while completing 27 of 44 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
His 190 rushing yards are the most by a quarterback in their two starts in league history during the Super Bowl Era. He has demonstrated his game-changing ability with his legs, which brings another element to the Ravens' offense that hadn't previously been there. This has elevated a rushing attack that has seen running back Gus Edwards emerge as a strong option, as he has posted back-to-back 100 rushing yard performances.
The Ravens are currently sitting in the final Wild Card spot in the playoffs, holding a tiebreaker advantage over the Indianapolis Colts due to their better record facing AFC opponents. Meanwhile, they are a game up over four other teams in the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, and Denver Broncos. Beyond that, the longer Flacco remains out of practice this week, the bleaker his chances are to play.