OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Trace McSorley became their only quarterback on the active roster from No. 3 quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, despite reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson being activated from the reserve / COVID-19 list this weekend could.
The Ravens placed Robert Griffin III in injured reserve on Friday after injuring his thigh between 19 and 14 in the Pittsburgh Steelers loss on Wednesday. Griffin will miss at least three games.
That makes McSorley the only quarterback on the 53-man roster, with reigning MVP Jackson on the reserve / COVID-19 list and Tyler Huntley on the training team. If Jackson gets medical relief on Sunday, he can play against the Dallas Cowboys (3-8) on Tuesday evening.
"I wish Lamar and his health all the best and he can return as soon as possible," McSorley said before training on Friday. "But (we will prepare) as always and be prepared for anything."
McSorley replaced Griffin in mid-fourth quarter on Wednesday and was impressive at handling the team's rush with very little practice time. He completed 2 of 6 passes for 77 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown to wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown. McSorley, a sixth round election in 2019, was removed from the COVID-19 list just the day before the Ravens game in Pittsburgh.
If Baltimore goes against Dallas with McSorley, he would be the first quarterback since Troy Smith in 2007 to start for the Ravens after being undeveloped in the first three rounds.
Jackson, who tested positive for the coronavirus on Thanksgiving, is close to completing his 10-day quarantine. Raven's coach John Harbaugh would not comment on the status of players on the COVID-19 list as it is a medical decision, not a coaching decision.
"He's feeling good," Ravens said against Orlando Brown. "He wants to play out there. I know Lamar is looking forward to getting out of there."
The Ravens activated four players from the Reserve / COVID-19 list on Friday: J.K. Dobbins starts outside of linebacker Pernell McPhee and centers Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura. Dobbins was supposed to take on Baltimore's leadership role before testing positive on November 22nd.
Baltimore now has 13 players on the COVID-19 list, including Mark Andrews. He is one of two NFL players with type 1 diabetes. "I haven't heard any negative effects of diabetes with Mark until now," said Harbaugh. "Well, that's positive."
In other squads, the Ravens signed Luke Willson for the active squad and activated cornerback Anthony Averett and wide receiver Chris Moore from the injured reserve.
The Ravens (6-5) have lost four of their last five games, including three in a row.