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Ravens’ Joe Flacco returns to practice in limited fashion

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been sidelined the past couple of weeks with a hip injury, but the Ravens announced his return to the practice field Thursday.

The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec made note of Flacco practicing in a “limited” fashion, and the quarterback is still likely out for this weekend’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Rookie Lamar Jackson has filled in nicely for Flacco. It’s uncertain who will get the starting nod moving forward when Flacco is fully healthy, but it wouldn’t hurt the Ravens to ride Jackson’s hot hand if he continues to play well.

Flacco has had a few good games this season, but his overall numbers aren’t all that impressive. He has a quarterback rating just over 84 and a win/loss record of 4-5. On the other hand, Jackson has led the Ravens to victory in both of his starts since Flacco’s injury.

Although Jackson hasn’t done a whole lot of damage through the air, he has made up for it on the ground. Jackson has accumulated nearly 200 rushing yards in two games for the Ravens along with one rushing score. The rookie will need to do a better job of managing his interceptions, though, considering he has three in two games and only one passing touchdown.

Joe Flacco has done a solid job for the Ravens over the years, but he has never been an elite quarterback despite flashing glimpses at times and winning a Super Bowl. Baltimore has been a defense-first team for over a decade now and Flacco fits with the team well, but Jackson provides versatility as well as a strong arm. The Ravens have a tough decision going forward, and it seems they may still go with Jackson as the starter even when Flacco is back to full strength.