Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (right hip) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs after being a full participant in Friday’s practice for the first time since suffering his injury Nov. 4.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said it was possible Flacco could dress Sunday as the backup quarterback after missing the last three games.
Doctors have yet to clear Flacco for game action, but it’s possible he will receive clearance by Sunday.
“The doctors haven’t cleared him for the game yet, but he was full participation today,” Harbaugh said following Friday’s practice. “It was really, basically, almost full [participation] yesterday. I probably would’ve made him full.
“He threw, he handed off. I mean, what more do you want me to say? He played quarterback. He looked good. He looked like he always looks. It didn’t look like there were any ill-effects from the hip or anything like that. I think we did the right thing. It looks to me like – my amateur eye – it looks like it was the right thing to give him the rest. We’ll see what the docs say.”
Harbaugh said Flacco might dress as the backup quarterback Sunday if cleared to play.
“Yes, there’s a scenario for that. Sure,” Harbaugh said.
However, Harbaugh did not say if Flacco would reclaim his starting role moving forward. Flacco started the first nine games this season, but the Ravens (7-5) are 3-0 since Jackson entered the starting lineup following Flacco’s injury.
“I’m not getting into all that,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not something that we’re even going to have to talk about. I’m not trying to be coy or clever or anything like that. It’s just, we’re rolling, we’re going to play the games. We don’t feel like we owe any explanations to anybody or anything like that. We’re just going to put our best team out there and try to go play some football.”
James Hurst Expected to Return, Could Replace Alex Lewis as Starting Left Guard
Offensive lineman James Hurst (back) is questionable, but is expected to return Sunday following a six-game absence.
Hurst could dress as a backup offensive lineman or he could start at left guard in place of Alex Lewis (shoulder),[comma] who has not practiced all week and is questionable. Hurst started the first six games at right tackle, but Orlando Brown Jr. has played well as the starter since Hurst’s departure.
“I think he looks good, has a legit chance to go and play,” Harbaugh said of Hurst. “I’d be surprised if he wasn’t ready. Barring a setback, he should be ready to go.”
CB Marlon Humphrey Limited in Friday Practice, Questionable for Sunday
Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (groin) practiced for the first time this week on Friday, and was limited. He’s listed as questionable.
“He looked like he was moving well,” Harbaugh said. “I expect Marlon to play.”
Losing Humphrey would be a major blow for the Ravens’ secondary facing Kansas City’s potent offense. If healthy, Humphrey could be matched much of the game against wide receiver Tyreek Hill, one of the NFL’s fastest players.
The Ravens could be without safety Tony Jefferson (ankle), who is listed as doubtful and likely to miss his second straight game. Chuck Clark would start in his place again.
Linebacker/defensive back Anthony Levine Sr. (ankle), outside linebacker Tim Williams (ankle), and cornerback Tavon Young (groin) are all questionable, but they were full participants Friday. It would be Williams’ first game since Week 8 in Carolina.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins Is Doubtful; Pro Bowl Safety Eric Berry Could Return
For the Chiefs, wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) is doubtful after not practicing Friday. That means Chris Conley is likely to start opposite speedster Tyreek Hill.
Meanwhile, Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry (heel) and tight end Demetrius Harris (knee/illness) are questionable. Berry has not played at all yet this season and was limited in practice all week.