Quarterback Matt Schaub missed his third straight practice on Friday, increasing the likelihood that Jimmy Clausen will make his first start as a Raven against the Seahawks on Sunday.
Coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal about the quarterback situation after practice on Friday, although he said Schaub threw on his own on Thursday and “threw well.”
“I don’t think it matters to the Seahawks,” Harbaugh said. “They don’t care. They’re going to play against our offense. That’s what they’re getting ready for. That’s not going to matter to them.
“We really don’t know yet. … If (Schaub) can go, he will, and if it’s best for our team for Jimmy to go, then that’s the way we’ll do it.”
Schaub has not practiced all week after taking a pounding at Miami last Sunday. He is officially listed as having a chest injury.
Clausen has been with the Ravens for just two weeks but worked with Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman with the Bears last year. Harbaugh said Clausen did well handling the reps with the starting offense this week.
“Jimmy’s smart, he’s been in this basic system before, he knows how to handle himself, he’s played a lot of football, so he’s fine,” Harbaugh said.
Clausen has been on a crash course getting to know the Ravens since being signed Nov. 24 after he was released by the Bears. He has spent extra time working with Ravens receivers and and tight ends, some of whom have been with the Ravens no longer than Clausen.
“As a backup quarterback, you have to go into every single week preparing like a starter," Clausen said, "because one play could happen and you’re gonna have to get thrown in there, so you have to be ready to go.”
Clausen, a six-year veteran, has made 12 career starts, including one with the Bears earlier this season. That was a 26-0 loss to the same Seahawks team the Ravens face on Sunday. He was 9-for-17 for 63 yards in that game.
“They fly around to the ball,” Clausen said, “They have great personnel, they get to the quarterback with the front four, play coverage behind it. They got playmakers everywhere.”
Schaub declined to speak with reporters on Friday as he left the locker room. If Schaub can’t play, the Ravens could activate Bryn Renner from the practice squad to be Clausen’s backup. Such a move would need to be made by 4 p.m. Saturday.