On Thursday, Baltimore Ravens insider Jamison Hensley broke the latest news regarding Joe Flacco. Flacco suffered a hip injury in Baltimore’s loss to Pittsburgh. The injury threatened to keep Flacco out against the Bengals, in a game that could end Baltimore’s playoff hopes. Flacco was spotted on crutches before the news of his injury broke on Friday. Now, almost a week later, Flacco is reportedly off the crutches and appears much healthier. According to Hensley, Flacco is not limping and walked around the locker room. Kyle J. Andrews of 1057 “The Fan” adds that Flacco did not appear to be favoring either hip. Andrews also says that Flacco is not expected to practice today.
Joe Flacco, who is dealing with a right hip injury, was spotted walking in the locker room. He wasn't using crutches and didn't appear to have any limp. Flacco didn't practice Wednesday, and John Harbaugh said Flacco doesn't have to practice to play Sunday against the Bengals.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) November 15, 2018
#Ravens QB Joe Flacco was seen walking around and wasn’t using crutches. He also didn’t seem to be favoring his hip, but his locker wasn’t touched. Most likely won’t practice today.
— Kyle J. Andrews (@KyleAndrews1994) November 15, 2018
The Ravens are prepared to start Flacco even if he is unable to practice this week. Head coach John Harbaugh said that Flacco has practiced his entire career. If he is healthy, he will play. Today, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg expressed his confidence in Flacco. He stated, “He’s got experience. He’s a smart guy. He knows how to prepare. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t play really well without any practice.” If Flacco is unable to play on Sunday, the Ravens will have a decision to make. Baltimore brought in Robert Griffin III to be the backup quarterback if Flacco was to get injured. But with the way, the Ravens are playing, and the excitement around rookie Lamar Jackson, the Ravens may opt to turn to Jackson this Sunday. At this point, however, it seems more likely than not that Flacco will play on Sunday.
The good news continues to accumulate (like the snow) for Baltimore. As the Ravens starting quarterback gets healthier, Baltimore also gets another player back. Today, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jaylen Hill was cleared to return to practice. Hill was on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list since tearing his ACL last year. Hill was a standout in last season’s preseason, but his injuries kept him off the field. Now, the Ravens get him back, forming a healthier team.