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Joe Flacco Inactive Again, James Hurst Stepping in as Starter


Joe Flacco is inactive for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs and will miss his fourth straight since injuring his right hip on Nov. 4.

It was anticipated that Flacco could be active after he participated Friday in his first full practice since the injury. However, Robert Griffin III will once again be the backup quarterback behind Lamar Jackson against the Chiefs.

Head Coach John Harbaugh has not announced who will be the starting quarterback moving forward and has left all options open. The Ravens (7-5) are 3-0 with Jackson as a starter and have rushed for more than 200 yards in each of those games.

Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst (back) is active after missing the last six games, and is expected to start at left guard in place of Alex Lewis (shoulder) who is inactive after not practicing all week. Hurst was the starting left guard in 2017, but he started the first six games at right tackle prior to his injury. Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. has played well as the starting right tackle for six straight games, and it would be no surprise if Brown remains a starter.

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey (groin) is active despite practicing on a limited basis Friday. Humphrey's presence is important in this game, as the Ravens try to contain Kansas City's high-powered passing attack. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes already has seven games this season with four touchdowns passes or more. Humphrey could spend significant time defending Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, one of the NFL's fastest players.

Safety Tony Jefferson (ankle) will miss his second consecutive game and safety Chuck Clark is expected to start in his place again. Clark was solid in a starting role in Week 13 against the Atlanta Falcons.

In addition to Flacco, Lewis and Jefferson, the Ravens' inactives are wide receiver Jordan Lasley; outside linebacker Tim Williams and defensive end Zach Sieler and fullback/ defensive lineman Patrick Ricard.

Inactive for the Chiefs are starting wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) and starting Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry (heel), along with running back Charcandrick West, guard Kahlil McKenzie, center Jimmy Murray, tight end Deon Yelder and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

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