OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Could an injury to Joe Flacco lead to Lamar Jackson's first start at a critical point in the Baltimore Ravens' season?
Flacco's hip injury has put his status in question for Ravens's pressure-filled game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 18, a source confirmed to ESPN.
If Flacco is sidelined, the Ravens could start Jackson, their rookie first-round pick. Flacco is undergoing tests to determine the severity of the injury, according to multiple reports.
If the Ravens Do not Believe Jackson is ready to start, another option is Robert Griffin III. Baltimore has been caught Griffin on his 53-man roster because of his starting experience.
Flacco injured his hip in the opening series of Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did not miss any plays and said after the game that did not affect him.
John Harbaugh's job security. It's become a tumultuous one week in Baltimore, where the Ravens (4-5) have lost three straight and questions are swirling about. A loss to the Bengals would significantly diminish Baltimore's playoff chances.
Flacco's injury adds to the Ravens' increasing drama at quarterback. Harbaugh said he would like to see Jackson on the field this fall.
Jackson, who has been used in specialty packages, is only one of the five quarterbacks selected this year.
Flacco, 33, is in the midst of another underwhelming season since winning the Super Bowl six years ago. He has thrown 12 touchdown passes and six interceptions for a 84.2 passport rating, which ranks no. 26 in the NFL.
Durability has been one of Flacco's strengths. He has missed six games in his 11-year career, starting the past 41 games. But Flacco has been banged up in recent years, from tearing knee ligaments to herniating a disc to injuring his hip.
The Ravens essentially put on Flacco's starting point on a call Jackson with the no. 32 overall pick. Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, became the only player in FBS history to rush for at least 1,500 yards and pass for at least 3,500 yards in a season.
In the preseason, Jackson looked raw in throwing the ball, completing 50 percent of his passports. In nine games this season, Jackson has just launched a wildcat-style offense, throwing 7 of 12 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown while ranking second on the team with 139 yards rushing. His biggest challenges have been improving his accuracy and throwing from the pocket.
The Ravens would be turning to Jackson in the midst of Harbaugh's most pivotal season. Harbaugh's 11-year run could end if Baltimore fails to make the playoffs for a fourth straight season.
This could be Flacco's final season in Baltimore. The Ravens can create $ 10.5 million in cap space by cutting it after the season or free up $ 18.5 million in space by designating it as a post-June 1 cut.
The Athletic was the first to report Flacco's uncertain status.
ESPN's Adam Schefter contributed to this report.