Coach John Harbaugh set his 4-9 Ravens up for another week of uncertainty at quarterback Monday, indicating that there's a chance Matt Schaub could return after missing Sunday's game, or the team could stick with Jimmy Clausen.
The addition of former Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett could further complicate the Ravens' quarterback situation for the final three weeks, too, but in the immediate future, there's no telling who will face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
"If [Schaub is] at 100 percent, if he's ready to go or close to it, and we feel like he can go out there and win for us, then he'll play," Harbaugh said. "If we feel like it's a better option to go with Jimmy, then we'll do that. Jimmy played well. Jimmy didn't do anything to hurt his chances of playing next week. I feel like we have two good options there."
Since stalwart starter Joe Flacco suffered a season-ending knee injury three weeks ago, the Ravens have played two games with Schaub and one with Clausen. Schaub completed 20 of 34 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Cleveland Browns in his Ravens debut, and had 308 yards with a touchdown and two more interceptions the following week against the Miami Dolphins.
But he was hit so hard and so often against Miami that he couldn't play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, giving Clausen his first start with the Ravens after barely three weeks with the team.
Clausen was 23-for-40 for 274 yards and one interception Sunday, but Harbaugh said Schaub "feels like he can play this week.
"We'll have to see how it goes," Harbaugh said. "He's got to be able to move and function, and that just wasn't there yet [last week]. We went out there, and he threw pretty well last week for being on air. But to put him in a game, we looked at it Friday, looked at it again Saturday, and it just didn't feel like he was going to be able to really play at a high level and avoid pass rush and all those sort of things. We've got to make a decision about that."
With Schaub inactive, Bryn Renner was promoted to the active roster and served as the backup quarterback. But even that position is tenuous for Renner, just as it is for the two in contention to start against the streaking Chiefs.
Harbaugh wouldn't confirm the Mallett signing, but sources say he has joined the team, which would put him in the mix to possibly get a look later in the season.
Mallett worked out for the Ravens several weeks ago, and Harbaugh said he "had a good workout, and he had some personal things that he had to work through."
The Houston Texans released Mallett this season after he missed a team flight, but he was a third-round pick of the New England Patriots in the 2011 NFL Draft. His arm strength has long enticed NFL teams, but the Texans grew tired of his off-field issues.