Ravens coach John Harbaugh calls Joe Flacco ‘an option’ vs. Falcons
In the days leading up to their Week 13 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, the Baltimore Ravens have had plenty of questions concerning the status of quarterback Joe Flacco regarding his hip injury.
Flacco has been able to take the practice field the last couple of days, which has raised the possibility that he will be able to play this upcoming Sunday. Head coach John Harbaugh acknowledged as much on Friday by stating that the 33-year-old is “an option” for the contest, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.
“I’d say yes, he’s an option. There’s still doctors involved at this point,” Harbaugh said.
The Ravens have been keeping Flacco’s status for Sunday’s game quite close to the vest as he has shown improvements with his health over the last couple of days.
Although it may be on a limited basis, his participation does indicate that he is nearing a return. It may be on the team’s shoulders to determine when would be the most appropriate time to put Flacco back on the field after he missed the last two games due to the nagging injury.
There doesn’t appear to be any rush to get him back on the field, especially with how rookie Lamar Jackson has played in his absence. Jackson has provided stability to the offense despite throwing three interceptions with much of that impact coming in the running game. He has rushed f0r 190 yards on 37 carries, which is the most through a quarterback’s first two starts in league history during the Super Bowl Era. This includes Jackson rushing for 117 yards on 26 attempts against the Cincinnati Bengals, which were the most carries by a quarterback in a single game.
Ultimately, this is something that there should more clarity on within the next couple of days.