Flacco (torn ACL) said his recovery is going well so far, the Baltimore Sun reports. The Ravens tentatively expect Flacco to be ready by Week 1, and the quarterback recently echoed that sentiment in an interview with Baltimore's WBAL Radio. He tore his ACL on Nov. 22 and had surgery Dec. 8, giving him nine months to recover before the start of the 2016 season. It remains to be seen what kind of talent he'll be surrounded by, as Steve Smith (Achilles) and 2015 first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman (knee) are working their way back from serious injuries of their own. The Ravens also have 2015 breakout performer Kamer Aiken, along with a promising group of tight ends, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the team add more skill-position talent in the draft. Although a potential contract renegotiation might lead to some offseason headlines, Flacco is certain to be back with the team in 2016. Any negotiating will just be a matter of deferring part of his cap hit to 2017 and 2018.
An MRI confirmed that Flacco tore both his ACL and MCL in Sunday's win over the Rams, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports. Per the report, coach John Harbaugh noted that indications at this stage are that Flacco will be ready for training camp next season, but in the meantime, the Ravens will turn to veteran signal-caller Matt Schaub and a backup to be named later.
Ravensquarterback Joe Flacco is done for the season due to a knee injury that he sustained in Sunday's win over the Rams. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's a torn ACL for Flacco, with Matt Schaub currently the Ravens' only healthy option at the QB position for the time being.
Flacco completed 34-of-45 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns, but also turned the ball over three times with a fumble and two interceptions Sunday against Jacksonville. He added two carries for 17 yards on the ground. Flacco posted robust totals in the yardage and touchdown categories, but his season-high three turnovers proved costly as Baltimore ultimately lost the game. He has surpassed 300 passing yards in three of his last four games, and seemed to cope fairly well with the absence of top receiver Steve Smith (Achilles) in this one. Flacco faces a tough Rams pass defense at home next week, so he will have to clean up his game if he wants to replicate his recent success.
Flacco completed 25-of-37 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Chargers. He also rushed four times for two yards and scored on the ground. Flacco connected with nine different receivers, though the biggest news out of the game is that wideout Steve Smith, who led the team with 82 yards Sunday, suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the rest of the season. The Ravens' wideouts aren't exactly an elite unit, and now Flacco will be without his top target. Fantasy owners will have to look for a short-term replacement anyway, as the Ravens are off in Week 9 before facing the Jaguars in Week 10.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||60.1||3905||23||15||74||2||300|