OWINGS MILLS - Jimmy Clausen could get more reps at quarterback in Ravens practice this week, but Matt Schaub is expected to start Sunday against the Seahawks.
That was the word Monday from coach John Harbaugh, who did not seem inclined to make a quarterback switch, despite Schaub’s four interceptions in two starts, including a pick-six in each game.
“Matt is the quarterback, Jimmy is the backup quarterback,” Harbaugh said Monday at hs press conference.
Harbaugh said Clausen would get increased reps when the Ravens returned to practice Wednesday because Schaub was still sore following Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. Schaub took a beating in the pocket, hitting his head hard once on the ground, and also falling hard on his shoulder. Harbaugh thought at least two Dolphins’ hits on Schaub should have been penalties.
“He took a shot directly to his knee on a forcible hit to his knee,” Harbaugh said. “He took a helmet-to-helmet shot at the end -- neither of which were called. Matt is tough. He deserves protection just like every other quarterback in this league.”
Asking Clausen to play against the red-hot Seahawks (7-5), who are riding a three-game winning streak, would be asking a lot. Clausen already had a shot against the Seahawks in Week 3 when he was with the Bears, and it did not go well. Starting in place of an injured Jay Cutler, Clausen completed nine of 17 passes for 63 yards, and the Bears were shutout by the Seahawks, 26-0.
The Ravens claimed Clausen off waivers Nov. 24, giving him limited time to grow comfortable with the offense. So if Schaub is healthy enough to play Sunday, he will.
“Matt looks like he’s going to be able to play,” Harbaugh said. “He got bounced around pretty good in the game -- too much. We’ll see how he makes it through the week, but I think he’s going to be OK.”