Robert Griffin III is last healthy QB in Baltimore

Brian Tinsman
November 15, 2018 - 7:10 pm

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The Baltimore Ravens are dangling by a thread coming out of the team's bye week.

Quarterback Joe Flacco, who has looked rough in three-straight losses, is nursing a hip injury that could keep him out of the starting lineup. 

Rookie backup Lamar Jackson (stomach) was too ill to practice today. That leaves Robert Griffin III as the lone healthy quarterback left on the roster.

No pressure, no diamonds.

Griffin III tweeted that while he had seen many things in the league, he had never run a practice as the only quarterback. Ravens beat reporter Jeff Zrebiac tweeted on Wednesday (before Jackson's illness) that the Ravens have "continually mentioned Griffin as an option to start," even if it seemed unlikely at the time.

Now, they may not have a choice.

If it happens, it would be Griffin's first start in nearly two years, since he led the Cleveland Browns against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If it happens this week, he'll have a chance to lead the Ravens against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"Just being a part of this locker room, this environment here, has been great for me personally," Griffin told the media after practice. "I want to show those guys I’m ready to roll the entire time if I get that opportunity."

Before Jackson's illness, all signs pointed to the team taking a chance on him and moving on from Flacco under center. Flacco has underperformed since his 2012 Super Bowl and resulting contract extension, but things came to a head when the team drafted Jackson with the last pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

With both quarterbacks on the shelf, it could be Griffin's time to shine. All in for Week 11.


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