The Ravens are on the brink of a quarterback controversy after Jameif Winston failed a physical with the team.
He did not take part in a team workout, and he was not in uniform for any of the team’s preseason games.
The team has been plagued with injury problems since quarterback Joe Flacco suffered a season-ending injury in Week 11.
Flacco has been replaced by rookie Chad Henne, who was not eligible to participate in organized team activities because he was a non-participant.
But he’s also not the only player who was ruled out for the team this week, as quarterback Tyler Eifert was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, while wide receiver Marvin Jones was placed into the concussion protocol, the team announced Friday.
Jones, who has a torn pectoral muscle, is expected to miss at least six weeks.
The Ravens’ offense has struggled to find consistency.
They are averaging 28.3 points per game, which is tied for 29th in the NFL.
The offense is averaging just 11.8 yards per play and is also giving up a league-high 6.9 yards per carry.
Flair’s injury has put the team in a tricky spot, but it’s also put them in a precarious position.
They have had to make decisions on a number of different players this season.
In the first four weeks, they could have taken a quarterback with their No. 3 overall pick.
They took quarterback Malik Zaire, but he had to undergo shoulder surgery after Week 3.
They could have chosen between Flacco and Eifern, but they decided not to pick him.
They also could have traded down, but that didn’t work out because of the lack of interest in quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who’s had an impressive season.
The biggest decision the Ravens had to face was the status of former starting quarterback Ryan Mallett, who suffered a concussion in Week 9.
Mallett has not practiced this week and is expected back at training camp on Aug. 31.
The NFLPA also has a lawsuit pending against the team for its failure to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding Mallett’s concussion.
This is not the first time the Ravens have been hit with concussion issues.
In 2012, former defensive lineman Michael Oher and receiver Deonte Thompson were both sidelined by head injuries.
Oher later played in the Super Bowl and Thompson later played a season in the CFL.
The injuries were not caused by concussions, and the NFLPA’s lawsuit seeks an injunction preventing the Ravens from implementing a policy that would require players to wear protective equipment to avoid concussion.
It also says the Ravens’ policies should be modified to prevent players from wearing equipment that might make them more vulnerable to concussions.