Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has officially been ruled doubtful for the game against the Atlanta Falcons Dec. 2, meaning rookie Lamar Jackson is in line to make his third straight start.
Flacco has not played since the Ravens' bye week as he recovers from a hip injury sustained during the Ravens' 23-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Nov. 4. He returned to practice in a limited capacity this week but is far from 100 percent as the Ravens (6-5) prepare for a critical game that could solidify their playoff hopes with a win or severely jeopardize them with a loss.
"I thought he looked good yesterday, looked a lot better today," head coach John Harbaugh said after the team's workout Nov. 30. "The biggest thing was he didn't have a setback from yesterday."
Facing quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons' explosive passing attack, the Ravens will be without starting safety Tony Jefferson, who is second on the team in tackles with 61. Jefferson has been declared out with an ankle injury he sustained against the Oakland Raiders Nov. 25. This will be the first game Jefferson has missed in his two seasons with the Ravens, and second-year safety Chuck Clark is expected to make his first start in Jefferson's place.
Running backs Alex Collins (foot) and Gus Edwards (ankle) are both listed as questionable after being limited in practice earlier this week, though both were full practice participants Nov. 30 according to the team's official injury report. Collins did not play against the Raiders, and his role has been diminished because of the breakout performance of Edwards, the undrafted rookie who has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the past two games as he and Jackson reinvigorated the Ravens' rushing attack.
During the past two weeks, the Ravens have rushed for 509 yards, the highest two-game total in franchise history. The Ravens will probably be looking for long, sustained drives to control the clock and keep Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones and the rest of the Falcons offense on the sideline.
The Falcons (4-7) have no one listed on their final injury report, meaning Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones is expected to play for the first time since Week 1. Jones was placed on injured reserve (foot) after Week 1, but was designated to return and is back on the active roster. The Pro Bowl linebacker led the Falcons with 138 tackles last season and could be a factor against Edwards and the Ravens' running game.
Here is the full final injury report:
OUT -- S Tony Jefferson (foot)
DOUBTFUL -- QB Joe Flacco (hip), OL James Hurst (back)
QUESTIONABLE -- RB Alex Collins (foot), RB Gus Edwards (ankle), LB/DB Anthony Levine (ankle), OLB Tim Williams (illness), CB Tavon Young (groin)
OUT -- None
DOUBTFUL -- None
QUESTIONABLE -- None