Baltimore Ravens personnel assist Baltimore Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub (8) up from the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Baltimore Ravens personnel assist Baltimore Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub (8) up from the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press)

Quarterback Matt Schaub signed with the Ravens this summer as a one-year contingency plan to protect against an injury to starter Joe Flacco. Even though Flacco was lost for the season on Nov. 22, Schaub has started just twice before returning to the bench.

Schaub said Thursday that he suffered "a couple cracked ribs" in his two starts against the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins, and also separated his shoulder on a fourth-quarter hit against the Dolphins.

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He said they wanted to keep the injuries under wraps in case he got back into action, but now that he's backing up new starter Ryan Mallett, Schaub disclosed them while discussing how he's handled the quarterback shuffles that have left him back on the bench as the Ravens' season ends.

"It's been tough, you know, because I was looking forward to getting in there and getting some action for the last part of the season," Schaub said. "Some of the stuff I was dealing with was preventing me from being out there, so it's been hard from that aspect. I'm just trying to finish things off the right way with the guys that have been out there, and helping out where I can.

"That's been my role, and that's what I'm trying to do, be a help for Jimmy [Clausen] in his two weeks that he was out there and Ryan, then get the defense ready. That's where it's been."

Schaub started twice for the Ravens after Flacco's season-ending knee injury, completing 65 percent of his passes for 540 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.

But the injuries suffered against Miami in Week 13, a game when he was hit 10 times, kept him out of the ensuing game against the Seattle Seahawks. He split practice reps with Clausen the following week, but was only healthy enough to serve as the backup in Week 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Then, it was deemed time to look at the newly signed Mallett, who started in the Week 16 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers and will start again Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

After his debut, Mallett praised Schaub and Clausen for helping him get up to speed and be able to start less than two weeks after signing with the team. Coach John Harbaugh said Schaub has handled his situation professionally, and Schaub said Harbaugh "was great about it."

"When he called us up to get us in there to meet, I had an idea about what it would be," Schaub said. "I understood, but at the same time I wanted to be out there. I was finally feeling well enough to be back out there and battle, so I was disappointed from that aspect, but at the same time I understood and I've got to go with what the coach wants and go and do my role to the best of my ability."

The decision, however, leaves the veteran Schaub to play out the string as a backup despite having been with the team since the beginning of offseason activities. He's taking it all in stride, hoping his professionalism in the situation and the tape from his two starts are enough to continue his career in 2016.

"That's the only way I can take it," Schaub said. "I got two good weeks in there, had some unfortunate things happen in those two games, but we came away with a win in one, fell short in the other. We go from here. We finish this thing off the right way Sunday, then we see what happens going forward."

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