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Joe Flacco Returns To Practice For Ravens

November 29, 2018
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was back on the practice field for the first time in three weeks Nov. 29 as he works back from a hip injury, although it remains likely that rookie Lamar Jackson will make his third consecutive start when the Ravens visit the Atlanta Falcons Dec. 2.

During the brief portion of practice open to the media, Flacco did some individual throws and handoffs in the team's indoor facility, while Jackson appeared to take the majority of the reps.

Still, Flacco's appearance in uniform again is a step forward, suggesting he got the all-clear from the medical staff. And head coach John Harbaugh surely won't mind if the Falcons now have to worry about the prospect of either Jackson or Flacco starting. 

Speaking a day earlier about Flacco's recovery, Harbaugh said, "There's a process involved, and it has to do with the doctors and the trainers and his rehab, so he's progressing very well. … There will be another step today and tomorrow and the day after that, and we'll see where we're at."

Harbaugh did not meet with the media Nov. 29, as the three coordinators take to the podium each Thursday, and they do not offer injury updates. Harbaugh will speak Nov. 30, when he is almost certain to be vague about Flacco's status.  

Flacco has missed the past two games with a hip injury sustained in a 23-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Nov. 4. That sent the Ravens to their bye week on a three-game losing streak, and Jackson has since led the Ravens (6-5) to a pair of wins that vaulted them back into playoff position. 

That has fueled widespread debate about whether Jackson or a healthy Flacco should be the team's starting quarterback going forward. 

The Ravens remain in tenuous position, clinging to the sixth and final AFC playoff spot, but road games at Atlanta (4-7), Kansas City (9-2) and the Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) still remain. 

NOTEBOOK

EDWARDS, COLLINS RETURN TO PRACTICE: After 11 players sat out the Ravens workout Nov. 28, all but two were on the field the next day, including top running backs Gus Edwards and Alex Collins. 

Edwards, the undrafted rookie who has burst onto the scene with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games in Lamar Jackson's two starts, was held out of practice Nov. 27 with an ankle injury. It also could have been a case of giving some rest to Edwards, who carried 40 times the previous two games. 

Collins, who remains the Ravens leading rusher with 411 yards, missed the Week 12 game against the Raiders with a foot injury. 

The only two players not present at practice were safety Tony Jefferson, who is dealing with an ankle injury sustained against the Raiders, and wide receiver John Brown, who might have received a veteran's day off. 

TUCKER HONORED: Kicker Justin Tucker has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November, the sixth such award of his career. 

Tucker this month has gone 8-for-8 on field goals, including one from 56 yards, and was 6-for-6 on extra-point tries. Since missing a potential game-tying extra-point in a loss to the New Orleans Saints Oct. 21 -- the only missed PAT of Tucker's career -- he has been perfect once again. Tucker is the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history, with a success rate of 90.3 percent (223-for-247). 

"We're really proud of him, proud of the whole operation," special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. 

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