Joe Flacco Inactive, Clearing the Way for Lamar Jackson to Start First Game


With Joe Flacco (hip) inactive, Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III are the two active quarterbacks for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Ravens did not officially name a starter prior to the game, but Flacco's injury clears the way for Jackson to make his first NFL start after playing the first nine games as a situational quarterback. Baltimore drafted Jackson in the first round after a dynamic college career at Louisville where he won the Heisman Trophy in 2016.

He suffered a brief setback this week when he missed Thursdays practice with an illness, but Jackson was a full participant in Friday's practice and was removed from the injury report.

Jackson has rushed 28 times for 139 yards and a touchdown, but he has thrown just 12 passes, completing seven for 87 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. His first start would come at a critical point in the season with the Ravens (4-5) having lost three straight and badly needing a victory over the Bengals (5-4), who defeated Baltimore, 34-23, in Week 2.

If the Ravens were to start Griffin, it would be his first regular-season game since the 2016 season with the Cleveland Browns. Griffin is active for the first time this season after earning a roster spot with a strong training camp and preseason.

Flacco has been extremely durable, playing every game during his 11-year career except the six he missed in 2015 after suffering a season-ending knee injury. Flacco injured his hip Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and did not practice all week, despite the Ravens having a bye in Week 10. Head Coach John Harbaugh said all week that Flacco might play even if he didn't practice, but that possibility has been eliminated with Flacco inactive.

Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley is active and will return after missing the Steelers game with an ankle injury. Baltimore is still without right tackle James Hurst (back), but rookie Orlando Brown Jr. has played well as the starting right tackle for three straight games and could remain the starter for the remainder of the season.

Running back/wide receiver Ty Montgomery is active and will make his Ravens debut joining Alex Collins, Javorius Allen, and Gus Edwards in a four-deep running back rotation. The Ravens acquired Montgomery in a trade deadline deal with the Green Bay Packers, and the bye week gave Montgomery more time to get acclimated after he was inactive against the Steelers. Montgomery is a solid pass catcher and blocker out of the backfield, and he can also return kicks.

In addition to Flacco and Hurst, inactive for the Ravens are tight end Maxx Williams, wide receiver Jordan Lasley, outside linebacker Tim Williams (ankle), center Hroniss Grasu and defensive lineman Zach Sieler.

The Bengals will be without star wide receiver A.J. Green (toe),[comma] who did not play last week against the New Orleans Saints. That is a major blow to the Bengals' offense. Green caught three touchdown passes against the Ravens in Week 2 and is one of the NFL's best wide receivers.

Also among inactives for the Bengals are starting linebackers Nick Vigil (knee) and Preston Brown, and starting tight end Tyler Kroft (foot).

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