Coach John Harbaugh said after Thursday's preseason game that Flacco (back) will not begin practicing this week, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
It has already been determined that Flacco won't see the field in any of Baltimore's preseason games, but the expectation has been that he'd begin practicing at some point to remain on track for the season opener. While Flacco still may be good to go for Week 1, Harbaugh's comments Thursday suggest that his back is still preventing him from getting back on the practice field. With that, Ryan Mallett figures to continue seeing the bulk of the practice reps with the first-team offense.
Flacco has been sidelined thus far by a back injury, which despite receiving a positive update following re-evaluation, will preclude him from featuring during the preseason slate. On the bright side, Flacco is anticipated to practice at some point prior to the regular season, which would put him on track to play Week 1. While Friday's news helps clarify his situation, Flacco's status will need to continue to be monitored in the weeks to come.
Flacco (back) remains without a timetable to resume practicing, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Flacco has remained off the practice field in training camp due to back tightness, and while it was initially thought the QB would need about a week of rest, he has now been sidelined 11 days. The Ravens had the quarterback receive a second opinion on his back last week, with doctors suggesting that Flacco take a gradual approach to returning to action. While coach John Harbaugh acknowledges that it's less than optimal that Flacco is out, the veteran's knowledge of and experience with the team's offense will assist him once he's able to take the field again. In the meantime, backup Ryan Mallett continues to see added reps with the Ravens' first-team offense.
Flacco (back) received a second opinion on his injury last week, which concluded that a slow return to action would be best, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.
Flacco remains without a timetable for his return, but following his recent doctor's visit, it sounds like the Ravens have been encouraged to take their time with easing him back into the fray. The quarterback is still trying to rid himself of some stiffness in his back and doesn't figure to join his teammates on the field until that discomfort has subsided. While his absence at this early stage isn't overly concerning, Flacco will still aim to get back in the saddle before long, particularly with a new target like Jeremy Maclin to get acquainted with.
Flacco (back) is feeling better and trending toward a return to practice, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports.
Flacco has already missed the first week of training camp while recovering from back stiffness, but he still has plenty of time to get enough repetitions to fully prepare for the regular season, assuming he returns to practice at some point in August. He may be disappointed by his supporting cast whenever he returns, as RB Kenneth Dixon (knee) and TE Crockett Gillmore (knee) have already been lost for the season, while WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) doesn't yet have a timetable. Baltimore's shaky offensive line also took a hit, with rookie G Nico Siragusa (knee) suffering a season-ending injury.
|P4||8/31/17||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|5||10/8/17||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/19/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|