OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) – With rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson likely to make a third straight start Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive linemen are gearing up for another delightful afternoon of plowing straight ahead as part of the team’s suddenly formidable running game.
Joe Flacco didn’t practice Wednesday and is still waiting to get medical clearance following a hip injury that’s kept him sidelined since Nov. 4.
“There’s a process involved that has to do with the doctors and trainers and his rehab,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s progressing really well.”
Though Harbaugh did not rule out the possibility of Flacco playing Sunday in Atlanta, all signs point to Jackson running the offense when the Ravens (6-5) seek their season-high third straight victory.
With Jackson and rookie Gus Edwards leading the way, Baltimore rushed for 267 yards in a win over Cincinnati and another 242 last week in a 34-17 rout of Oakland. The Ravens are looking more of the same against the Falcons (4-7), who own the league’s 25th-ranked rushing defense.
“We’re having a blast,” rookie right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. said Wednesday.
The Ravens opened the second half against the Raiders with a 13-play drive that included 12 runs, the last by Jackson for a touchdown and a 20-10 lead.
“As an offensive lineman, it feels great to be able to do that,” guard Alex Lewis said. “It’s always fun running the ball. I’m excited what’s to come.”
Baltimore lost three in a row before Jackson took over for Flacco and started getting the ball to Edwards, who replaced Alex Collins (foot injury) as the featured back. Employing the run-pass option – a staple for Jackson at Louisville but a rarity in the NFL – the Ravens are averaging 5.30 yards per carry over the past two weeks.