NFL: Jackson ready if Flacco can’t go

Lamar Jackson isn’t staying awake at night thinking about the prospect of making his first NFL start.

Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco missed practice Wednesday because of a hip injury, and his status for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals is uncertain.

If Flacco can’t go, coach John Harbaugh probably will turn to Jackson, whose first pro season thus far has been spent taking a few snaps per game in run situations.

“I’m going into it just like any other week. Just preparing for whatever,” Jackson said. “Everything is still the same.”


Starting at quarterback for a team desperate to end a three-game skid might cause some rookies to squirm, but Jackson insisted he’s sleeping “like a baby.”

Flacco hurt his hip early in a 23-16 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 4. He had the bye week to recover, but is still receiving treatment, meaning his availability is a game-time decision.


The Detroit Lions put guard T.J. Lang on injured reserve with a neck injury. They also signed cornerback Mike Ford to the active roster from the practice squad and signed safety David Jones to the practice squad. ... The Arizona Cardinals signed cornerbacks David Amerson and Leonard Johnson. The move came a day after the team placed starting right guard Justin Pugh on injured reserve with a knee injury and released safety Eddie Pleasant. ... The Buffalo Bills continued shuffling their roster during their bye week by signing receiver Deonte Thompson, a week after the seventh-year player was released by the Dallas Cowboys. He returns to Buffalo a year after he had 27 catches for 430 yards and a touchdown in 11 games. ... Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones was moved to the active roster and is eligible to play for the first time since breaking his right foot in Week 1. ... Receiver Brice Butler signed with the Miami Dolphins to shore up the injury-depleted position. Wideouts Jakeem Grant and DeVante Parker were both hurt Sunday at Green Bay.


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