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Guess Who’s Back … Flacco’s Back

November 29, 2018 - 3:08 pm

By Joe Schiller 

Lamar Jackson is expected to make his third consecutive start for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons but the quarterback conversation just got a lot more interesting.

Joe Flacco made his first return to practice since sustaining a right hip injury on November 4th in a 23-16 Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Flacco was seen throwing passes and jogging during the portion of practice open to the media.

The timing favor’s Jackson to start under center, as NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported earlier this week, but creates uncertainty at the quarterback position with a Week 14 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs looming.

Since Jackson took over following the bye week, the Ravens have found life. They’ve won two straight games over Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders and currently sit as the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff standings.

Before his injury, Flacco led the Ravens to a 4-5 record this season. He completed 232-of 379 passing attempts for 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. But under Jackson, Baltimore’s run game has flourished. They've rushed for 519 yards in two games, the most of any team in the NFL during that span, led by Jackson and running back Gus Edwards.

There’s division among the fanbase about who gives this team the best chance to win the rest of this season but the only decision that matters is that of John Harbaugh.

In what’s to be considered a pivotal season for the 11th year head coach, he could very well go back to Flacco as the starter or continue to ride the momentum with the rookie quarterback.