Hidden behind the cloud of an injured starting quarterback was a brief glimmer of hope for the Ravens on Wednesday. With Joe Flacco missing practice because of an injured hip, rookie Lamar Jackson became the likeliest candidate to take the helm of Baltimore’s offense on Sunday against the Bengals. Jackson says he’ll be ready if his number gets called on Sunday which is ideal given that he is more or less the team’s offensive future. With the former Heisman winner’s dynamic playing style potentially running the show, there’s a lot to get exci—wait, why do I hear dramatic intro music suddenly swelling in the background?
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With Jackson absent because of what was later revealed to be a stomach illness, and Flacco still nursing his hip, Robert Griffin III might be the Ravens quarterback with the most practice reps going into Sunday. Griffin signed a one-year deal with Baltimore back in April—a little less than 13 months after the Browns released him—and was kept on the regular season roster after a relatively impressive preseason.
The Ravens’ expectations for the former Washington starter were likely that he’d be an unplayed backup who might help mentor Jackson through his first year in the league. Instead, there’s a very real possibility that Griffin might start his first game in 686 days.
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