Joe Flacco is inactive and will miss his third straight game Sunday when the Ravens face the Atlanta Falcons. Though Flacco returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, the veteran quarterback has not played since injuring his right hip Nov. 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lamar Jackson will make his third straight start at quarterback, his first start on the road, while Robert Griffin III is active as the backup quarterback. Head Coach John Harbaugh has not said which quarterback will start once Flacco is 100 percent, but the Ravens (6-5) have won Jackson’s first two starts against the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders.
Running back Kenneth Dixon is active for the first time since suffering a knee injury Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. Dixon was activated from the injured list Saturday and will join Gus Edwards, Javorius Allen, and Ty Montgomery in the running back rotation. Edwards has topped 100 yards in back-to-back games, but he was questionable (ankle) on Friday’s injury report despite being a full participant in practice.
Slot cornerback Tavon Young (groin) is active after missing last week’s game against the Raiders. Young’s presence is important against the Falcons, who have one of the NFL’s top receiving trios with Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley.
In addition to Flacco, inactive for the Ravens are safety Tony Jefferson (ankle), offensive lineman James Hurst (back), linebacker Tim Williams, wide receiver Jordan Lasley, defensive end Zach Sieler and defensive lineman/fullback Patrick Ricard. It’s just the second time this season that Ricard is inactive.
Jefferson was ruled out Friday, and second-year safety Chuck Clark is expected to make his first career start.
Inactive for the Falcons are kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, running back Brian Hill, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, safety Keith Tardy, defensive back Ryan Neal, defensive end Steven Means and tackle Matt Gono. Pro Bowl inside linebacker Deion Jones will play in his first game since Week 1 after suffering a broken foot.