Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was a full participant in practice Friday but was still awaiting clearance to play in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, coach John Harbaugh said.
Flacco, listed as questionable on the team’s injury report, was limited in practice Wednesday by his right hip but was close to full participation Thursday, Harbaugh said.
His recovery moves him one step closer to returning to a team that might no longer need him under center. Flacco hasn’t played since a Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and despite returning to practice last week, he wasn’t cleared for the Ravens’ game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
In his absence, the Ravens have won three straight games with rookie Lamar Jackson starting. Harbaugh acknowledged Friday that there was a “scenario” in which Flacco could be a backup Sunday, something he’s never done in his 11-year career in Baltimore. But he declined to say whether he had a decision to make at quarterback.
“I’m not getting into all that,” he said.
Kent State grad finalist
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, a Kent State graduate, is one of eight finalists for the NFL's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
The other finalists, announced Friday, are Baltimore safety Eric Weddle; Washington tight end Vernon Davis; Jacksonville defensive end Calais Campbell; Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck; New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees; San Francisco tackle Joe Staley; and Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams.
Gates, who has three career nominations, is a finalist for the second straight year.
Jets' Lee suspended
New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee, an Ohio State graduate, has been suspended for four games by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy, meaning Lee will sit out the team's final four games of the season.
The 24-year-old Lee was having his best season since being drafted 20th overall in 2016. He ranked second on the Jets in total tackles with 99 and his three interceptions were tied for the league lead among linebackers.
Bears QB back
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is set to return Sunday night against the Rams at Soldier Field after completing his third straight practice Friday.
Trubisky missed the last two games with a right shoulder injury he suffered Nov. 18.
Former two-time All-Pro linebacker Isiah Robertson was killed when the limousine he was driving skidded on a rain-slicked curve on a dark, rural East Texas highway Thursday night and was hit by two other vehicles.
Robertson, a 69-year-old Garland resident, was taken to a hospital, where he died. A truck driver was treated for minor injuries and discharged. The other car driver was unhurt.
Robertson played with the Los Angeles Rams 1971-78, then with the Buffalo Bills 1979-82.