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Ravens final injury report: QB Joe Flacco doubtful vs Cincinnati Bengals

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

After a long week of speculation, the quarterback question in Baltimore receives its first big news. Ravens QB Joe Flacco is doubtful to play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

The Ravens have gone back and forth with all three quarterbacks as a possibility this week. Harbaugh stated early after the bye week that Joe didn’t need to practice to play. Then on Thursday, Lamar Jackson did not practice as he came down with stomach pains, leaving Robert Griffin III as the only quarterback participant in practice. In the end, this leaves just a bit of wonder as to who’s starting on Sunday.

It’s unfortunate to see James Hurst out for yet another game, but thankfully Orlando Brown Jr. has stepped up and produced solid results at right tackle in his absence. It’s also good to see Ronnie Stanley in the questionable column as opposed to out, hopefully keeping Jermaine Eluemunor from replacing him.

Tavon Young will be a big factor here. The Ravens need a strong slot cornerback to defend against the passing attack of Andy Dalton and company. Young has played excellently this season and hopefully can continue it on Sunday.

As for the Bengals, many of their pass-catchers are hurting right now, leaving many to wonder if they’ll be forced into a more one-dimensional game.

The biggest name on their report, of course, is A.J. Green. He’s been a one-man scoring machine against Baltimore. In his career, A.J. has played 11 games against the Ravens and caught 53 passes for 886 yards and nine touchdowns. The absence of Green would be a huge break for the Ravens, including the hat-trick against the Ravens’ secondary in Week 2 of 2018 (PFR).

This game may feature two of the most prominent names in the division absent from their respective squads. Then again, maybe both teams are bluffing.