Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III prepared to start if hip injury sidelines Joe Flacco

Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III prepared to start if hip injury sidelines Joe Flacco

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Griffin, the onetime savior of the Washington Redskins, has resurfaced on the roster of the Baltimore Ravens — pat yourself on the back if you knew that — and now, with an injury to Joe Flacco, might just get a start at quarterback this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Robert Griffin III could return to the field this year for Baltimore. (Getty)MoreThe Athletics Jeff Zrebiec offered up a possible route for Griffin to get the starting nod over Lamar Jackson:

I appreciate the hard work that Coach Austin has put into our football team, but I felt it best to make a change at this point in time, and I wish him the best, Lewis said. I will be coordinating the defense from here on out and I am excited to do that. This football team has a real chance to get back to playing winning football so we can compete for the playoffs, and that is our sole focus.

Robert Griffin III said hes preparing this week like he does every week. Hasnt been active all year but he could be Sunday with Flacco ailing.

John Minchillo/AP Photo The Bengals this morning relieved Teryl Austin of his duties as defensive coordinator. Head coach Marvin Lewis will coordinate the defense moving forward.

Its uncertain what Griffin has left to offer, but the fact that hes even on the roster is a sign of how hes managed to hang on after a precipitous fall from grace.

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Ready to feel old? Griffin has only played in five games since the end of the 2014 season, all for Cleveland in 2016. His astonishing Pro Bowl run as the rookie QB of the Washington Redskins is now six years gone, along with just about every vestige of that era in Washington.

The Ravens are hoping Montgomery can help their struggling offense. Baltimore is getting the second-fewest yards per attempt from their rushing attack in the NFL. Though that has largely been due to poor blocking by the offensive line and a willingness to abandon the run far too early by offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg rather than the play of the running backs. Still, Montgomery could offer a spark both on the ground as well as a receiving threat and return specialist.

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On Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that he’d see how the week goes before making any decision or announcement about whether Joe Flacco will start at quarterback against the Bengals on Sunday.

Harbaugh also said that Robert Griffin III and Lamar Jackson would both be possible replacements if Flacco’s hip injury doesn’t permit him to play this week. On Wednesday, Harbaugh’s message was pretty much the same on both fronts.

The coach said, via Jeff Zrebiec of The Atlantic, that he doesn’t “feel like we owe anybody answers” about who will be taking the snaps at this point in the week. Neither of the quarterbacks who spoke to reporters — Flacco was getting treatment — gave any hint about the team’s plan.

Jackson said that he is “preparing for whatever” and would be ready to start if that’s how things play out. Griffin, who hasn’t been active for a game this season, said his own preparation hasn’t changed much from previous weeks.

If Griffin does wind up playing, he’ll be on the field against a Bengals team that just added Hue Jackson to its coaching staff. Jackson was the head coach in Cleveland when Griffin last played in a regular season game, but it seems clear that neither he nor any other Bengals coach will get much info about Baltimore’s quarterback plans before Sunday.


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