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No answers on Ravens starting quarterback in 'unique situation' against Steelers

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jimmy Clausen (2) looks up during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jimmy Clausen (2) looks up during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

Matt Schaub and Jimmy Clausen have each had two starts at quarterback for the Ravens since starter Joe Flacco's season-ending knee injury in Week 11, and not even coach John Harbaugh knows who will start the last two games for his 4-10 team.

Last week, Harbaugh said Schaub, who started the first two post-Flacco games but suffered a chest injury two weeks ago against Miami that has kept him out since, would start once he was healthy.

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Now, with Schaub inching back toward full strength, Clausen moving the ball well with the offense, and newcomer Ryan Mallett getting up to speed, Harbaugh said he did not "want to put any parameters on it right now.

"It's a unique situation right now that we're in, obviously," he said. "It's different than normal. We'll see how it plays out. … We'll see who the guy is. I don't know who the guy is going to be right now at this stage, so we'll see."

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After Sunday's 34-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the second straight game in which Clausen set a career high in passing yards despite two fourth-quarter interceptions, he refused to campaign for the job he'd held in Schaub's stead.

Harbaugh said Schaub's last medical update put him between 60-and-75-percent healthy, and Clausen simply gave them the best chance to win against Kansas City.

That consideration — giving the rest of the team a competitive shot — is one of the things he and the organization will look into while considering whether to give Mallett a chance to get on the field before what is an important offseason for both he and the Ravens.

"We'll see how that goes," Harbaugh said of Mallett. "He has done a good job. He has been here since Tuesday, so he has done a good job. He has been here practically 24/7, learning the offense. We'll see where it goes this week. Obviously, the clock is ticking. If we want to see him this year, we're going to have to put him out pretty quick, but that's a matter of whether he's ready to play. We also want to do justice to our chances to win the game, too."

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