By Harry Allison

Trace McSorley hasn’t had much luck quarterbacking in the NFL after leaving Penn State two seasons ago.

But now he has gone from being the Baltimore Ravens’ No. 3 quarterback to their only quarterback on the active roster, although reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson could get activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list this weekend.

The Ravens placed top backup Robert Griffin III on injured reserve yesterday after he injured his hamstring in Wednesday’s 19-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Griffin will miss at least three games.

This leaves McSorley as the only quarterback on the 53-man roster because reigning MVP Jackson is on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Tyler Huntley is on the practice squad. If Jackson is medically cleared Sunday, he would be available to play against the Dall as Cowboys (3-8) on Tuesday night.


“I wish the best for Lamar and his health and he can get back as soon as he can,” McSorley said before practice. “But [we are going to] prepare as we always have been and be ready for anything.”

In replacing Griffin midway through the fourth quarter Wednesday, McSorley was impressive in running the team’s hurry-up offense 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 pick in 2019, had just been activated off the COVID-19 list a day before the Ravens’ game in Pittsburgh.

If Baltimore goes with McSorley against Dallas, he would become the first quarterback since Troy Smith in 2007 to start for the Ravens after not being drafted in the first three rounds.