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Joe Flacco to See Hip Specialist

November 26, 2018 - 10:56 pm

By Austin Medina 

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hasn’t played football since November 4th, in a loss to the rival Steelers.

Flacco injured his hip in the defeat and has missed the past two games. Rookie Lamar Jackson has won two games in replacement, and the timetable for Flacco to return is unclear.

Coach John Harbaugh, who was on the hot seat following the Pittsburgh loss, remains patient with his answer on a starting quarterback.

Of course, Flacco shouldn’t return if he isn’t fully healthy and there is no rush for him to risk further injury.

With Flacco seeing a specialist, more questions will be answered this week on his availability. Jackson and the Ravens have turned to the run game en route to consecutive wins. That said, should Flacco regain his starting job when healthy?

As mentioned in my latest article, the Ravens have a clear run-heavy identity that Jackson enhances. Wins are important for the Ravens in an intense AFC playoff race and are more important for coach Harbaugh.

Should he value his former quarterback, one who he won a Super Bowl with and has coached for his entire Ravens tenure? Or should look towards the future with a rookie quarterback who has won the past two games, as a late effort to keep his job beyond 2018?

Whichever coach Harbaugh decides to do, there will not be an alternative to Jackson until Flacco is cleared to play.