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NFL Rookie QB Getting His 1st Start Today

A Baltimore Ravens player kneeling in the end zone.

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Linebacker Tyus Bowser #54 of the Baltimore Ravens prays in the end zone prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

An NFL rookie quarterback is getting his first career start today, according to multiple reports.

The Baltimore Ravens will be starting former Louisville Cardinals' star Lamar Jackson under center with Joe Flacco injured.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport first broke the news. had more on Jackson's potential first start:

Jackson would become the last of the five quarterbacks drafted in this year's first round to start. Unlike the other rookie quarterback starters, Jackson would step into a high-pressure situation, as the Ravens (4-5) have lost three straight games and are fighting for their playoff lives against the Bengals (5-4).

The first twist in the Ravens' quarterback drama came at the end of last week, when it was revealed that Flacco's status was uncertain because of the hip injury he suffered in a Nov. 4 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The next unexpected turn occurred Thursday, when the team learned of Jackson's illness just before the start of practice and took him to a hospital for precautionary reasons. That left Griffin, the only healthy quarterback on the roster, to handle all the reps at practice.

Sunday's change at quarterback represents a drastic shift for the Ravens, who go from one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the NFL to the youngest starting quarterback in franchise history. Jackson, 21, becomes Baltimore's first rookie starting quarterback since 2008, when Flacco jumped to the top of the depth chart because of injuries to Kyle Boller and Troy Smith.

The Ravens and the Bengals are set to kick off at 1 p.m. E.T.

The game will be on CBS.