Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco returned to practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his hip Nov. 4.
According to ESPN, the 33-year-old was limited in practice but participated in throwing drills. Despite Flacco’s return, rookie Lamar Jackson is still expected to be the starter for Sunday’s Week 13 matchup against the Falcons.
Joe Flacco returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hip on Nov. 4. Flacco was limited in his participation. Lamar Jackson is still considered the favorite to start Sunday in Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/eTvEggFBLi
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Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Flacco saw a hip specialist for further evaluation of his injury. He has missed the past two games, but Harbaugh said the team’s main concern is making sure Flacco’s hip heals.
“The biggest criteria is the protection of the hip,” Harbaugh told reporters earlier this week. “There’s no big tear in there that I’m aware of. The hip has to be strong and not agitated for Joe to really protect himself. That’s the concern, Joe’s safety.”
Harbaugh is aware he will have to make a quarterback decision when Flacco is fully healthy and ready to return. In Flacco’s absence, Jackson has led the Ravens to back-to-back victories against the Bengals and the Raiders.
“I feel very, very confident that I have a good handle on what we need to do when the time comes, which is not here yet,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t think you start making these decisions until you get to the bridge. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. I’ll be ready to make that decision when the time comes.”