Aug 14, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley (7) looks to pass during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Trace McSorley (back) to miss rest of preseason

Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Trace McSorley will miss the rest of the preseason with a back injury.

McSorley is in a battle with Tyler Huntley to be the primary backup to Lamar Jackson.

Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that McSorley wrenched his back picking up a box prior to Saturday’s preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. McSorley did play, going 11-for-18 for 86 yards and an interception. He also rushed four times for 25 yards.

The Ravens drafted McSorley in the sixth round of the 2019 draft.

Against the Saints, Huntley was 12-for-16 for 79 yards. He ran seven times for 43 yards and a touchdown.

The Ravens signed Huntley, undrafted out of Utah in 2020, to the practice squad last year.

The team also re-signed QB Kenji Bahar, who was with the Ravens during rookie minicamp this spring and released in June, then signed again in July and released earlier this month.

–Field Level Media

Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley (7) lays on the ground from an injury during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens put backup QB McSorley (knee) on IR

The Baltimore Ravens put backup quarterback Trace McSorley on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee sprain, leaving Lamar Jackson as the only QB on the active roster.

With Robert Griffin III (hamstring) already on IR, practice squad and undrafted rookie Tyler Huntley is next in line to back up Jackson, barring a pickup by the Ravens.

McSorley was hurt in Monday night’s epic win over the Cleveland Browns. McSorley came on for most of the fourth quarter when Jackson came down with cramps and was injured with two minutes remaining in the game when his knee buckled on a scramble.

The play set up a fourth-and-5.

Jackson returned to the field to replace McSorley for the fourth-down play and threw a touchdown pass to a wide-open Marquise Brown, who finished the 44-yard play to put Baltimore ahead with 1:51 left.

McSorley completed one pass for 13 yards on four attempts.

Also Tuesday, the Ravens activated wide receiver Dez Bryant from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Bryant is expected to practice and play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bryant tested positive on Dec. 8.

–Field Level Media

Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley (7) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens put Griffin on IR, prepare McSorley to start

The Baltimore Ravens put Robert Griffin III on injured reserve on Friday, leaving Trace McSorley as the only quarterback on the active roster.

Griffin suffered a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s 19-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was filling in for reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson, who remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Jackson will be eligible to come off the list before the Ravens’ next game — Tuesday against the Dallas Cowboys — but the Ravens are preparing second-year backup McSorley to start.

It was unclear whether Jackson would be ready to play against the Cowboys (3-8).

The Ravens have 13 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list after activating running back J.K. Dobbins, linebacker Pernell McPhee and centers Patrick Mekari and Matt Skura on Friday.

By the end of the weekend, six more players will be eligible to return to the active roster. Coach John Harbaugh declined Thursday to state who might return against the Cowboys.

“When the doctors clear them for practice, that’s when we’ll have them,” Harbaugh said.

Griffin sustained the injury in the second quarter but remained in the game until the fourth quarter, when McSorley entered. McSorley was 2-of-6 passing for 77 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Marquise Brown for a 70-yard score.

The game against Dallas is a must-win for the Ravens, who stand at 6-5 and out of the AFC playoff picture after a 5-1 start.

They have a favorable schedule the rest of the way, however. Next week’s opponent, Cleveland (8-3), is the only remaining opponent with a winning record. The others — the Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals — are a combined 10-33-1 heading into Week 13 play.

–Field Level Media