Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders because of his right hip injury, leaving the starting job to rookie Lamar Jackson for the second straight week.
After Flacco missed practice again Friday, coach John Harbaugh said he was unsure what the game-day status of the team’s longtime starter would be. But he acknowledged: “I’m counting on Lamar being the starter for this game. I think that’s pretty straightforward.”
Jackson has been the presumed starter all week after he led the Ravens to a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Harbaugh said after the game that Flacco would be hard-pressed to make it back to face the Raiders.
The quarterback question could loom larger next week as the Ravens prepare for a trip to Atlanta to play the high-scoring Falcons.
But Harbaugh acknowledged that the longer Flacco is out, the more difficult it would be for him to jump straight into game action.
“At this point, he would have to practice to be ready,” he said.
As for Jackson, he’s changed little in the wake of his successful debut as an NFL starter. He ran for 117 yards and rallied the Ravens from an eight-point deficit to put them in a five-way tie for the final AFC wild-card spot.
“Same guy,” Harbaugh said. “He’s always confident and into it and upbeat. He’s kind of the same. It’s interesting. He’s just kind of Lamar, and he’s a joy to be around.”
Also ruled out Friday was right tackle James Hurst (back), who hasn’t played since Week 6.
Running back Alex Collins (foot), defensive back-linebacker Anthony Levine Sr. (ankle), left guard Alex Lewis (shoulder), outside linebacker Tim Williams (ankle) and cornerback Tavon Young (groin) are questionable to play. Levine, Williams and Young were limited in practice Friday, while Lewis did not participate.
Harbaugh said second-year cornerback Jaylen Hill might need hip surgery after he suffered a setback when he briefly tried to return to practice last week. Hill was attempting to come back from a torn ACL that put him on the physically-unable-to-perform list at the start of this season. … Wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo also began the season on the PUP list after undergoing surgery on his upper leg. But Harbaugh offered some hope that he’ll return to practice. “I don’t think he’ll play this year, in the season,” he said. “But to get him back for three weeks of practice would be a bonus.” … Harbaugh, who’s from Ann Arbor, Mich., and is the brother of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, guaranteed victory for the No. 4 Wolverines in their rivalry game Saturday against host No. 10 Ohio State. “I will say, this is the first year I’ve done that,” he said, chuckling.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jonas Shaffer contributed to this article.