Flacco (neck) confirmed Tuesday he won't be healthy in time for the Jets' season opener against the Bills on Sept. 13, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
This was speculated after the veteran quarterback underwent a disc repair procedure in early April, and the Jets were aware of the recovery timeline when they signed him to a one-year, $1.5 million deal last week. Flacco will serve as the top backup to Sam Darnold once healthy, but David Fales and rookie James Morgan will compete in training camp for the job until the veteran is able to suit up. Flacco could still be cleared for contact sometime in September.
Flacco (neck) is currently throwing and expects to be ready for contact in mid-September, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
The 35-year-old joined the Jets on a one-year, $1.5 million deal this week, but it doesn't appear he'll be ready to go for the season opener. It's not a major surprise since Flacco underwent a disc repair procedure in early April, and it's about on par with his initial recovery timeline. He's poised to serve as the top backup to Sam Darnold once healthy, but David Fales and rookie James Morgan should also compete for the role in training camp for Week 1.
Flacco (neck) agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Jets on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Flacco isn't automatically considered a starter at this point in his career, but he will get an opportunity to serve in a backup role to Sam Darnold when he's healthy. Per Schefter, Flacco is expected to be available for non-contact work when training camp begins and figures to be cleared in full in September. He opened 2019 as the starter for the Broncos, but a neck injury cost him the back half of the campaign after he compiled 1,822 passing yards and a 6:5 TD:INT ratio over eight games. Flacco's new deal can net him up to $4.5 million if he hits his incentive-based bonuses.
Flacco (neck) underwent a disc repair procedure in early April and is targeting clearance between late August and mid-September, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Flacco doesn't have a clear path to a starting gig next season at this point, but he could serve as a valuable backup and potentially a mentor somewhere. If the NFL schedule remains on track, Flacco would be ready to roll right around the start of the 2020 campaign.
Flacco (neck) will be waived by the Broncos with a failed physical designation, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Parting ways with Flacco cements Drew Lock's status as the Broncos' top signal caller going forward. Assuming Flacco is able to move past the neck issue that shortened his 2019 season, the 35-year-old will look to catch on with another team looking to fill a need at QB.
Flacco underwent an MRI on his neck and received good news, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
The results will be sent to Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas for a second opinion, so while things are headed in the right direction, the 35-year-old quarterback still needs to get over some hurdles. Furthermore, whether Flacco returns to action likely depends on what type of risk it would pose to his long-term health. "Joe has every intention to play but not at the risk of his long-term health," Flacco's agent Joe Linta said. We'll have to wait to see how things progress, but Flacco isn't guaranteed a starting role if he is healthy after producing 7.0 yards per target, a 65.0 completion percentage and 6:5 TD:INT ratio over eight games, especially with the emergence of Drew Lock.
Flacco (neck) completed 171 of 262 passes for 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions during an injury-shortened 2019 campaign. He added 20 yards on 12 carries and fumbled the ball eight times during his eight games played.
The 2019 season probably wasn't what Flacco and the Broncos expected following his offseason trade from Baltimore. The veteran passer's big arm was seldom on display as he seemed to lack his old mobility to roll out and buy time. Instead, the veteran often stood still in the pocket and dumped the ball off before ending his season eight games in with a neck injury. His play tailed off before that as he averaged just 6.0 yards per attempt and no touchdowns in his final three games. There were some silver linings to the 2019 season, including a career-high completion percentage and his highest quarterback rating and yards per attempt since 2014, but Flacco may very well be one-and-done in Denver. Cutting him would result in $13.6 million in dead money, but all of that is carried over from his restructure in 2019. His cap savings of $10 million can probably be used to try to keep youngsters like Justin Simmons around. Though he's willing to come back as a backup, the Broncos would appear to be better off signing a cheaper veteran behind the presumed quarterback of the future, Drew Lock.
Flacco (neck) said Monday he expects to undergo an MRI at some point in January to determine whether he'll need surgery to address a herniated disc, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
Once Flacco gains clarity on the extent of his injury situation, he noted that he would first decide whether he wants to continue his career before meeting with the Broncos' brass. Flacco is due $20.25 million in 2020 and $24.25 million in 2021, so he would have plenty of incentive to keep playing if doctors give him a favorable prognosis moving forward. The 34-year-old said that he would be willing to serve as a backup to Drew Lock if he sticks around with Denver next season.
Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that Flacco plans to treat the herniated disc in his neck with rest and rehab rather than undergoing surgery, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Since Flacco is expected to be withheld from activity for six weeks before being re-evaluated by the Broncos' medical staff and other physicians, Denver made the decision Friday to place him on injured reserve, spelling an end to his first season with the team. Fangio noted that Brandon Allen will step in as the Broncos' new starting quarterback "for now," with the fourth-year pro slated to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Browns. Rookie Brett Rypien was promoted from the practice squad Friday to offer a depth option behind Allen.
The Broncos will place Flacco (neck) on injured reserve Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
With Flacco due to miss at least 4-to-6 weeks after he was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his neck, the 2-6 Broncos determined the veteran wasn't worth keeping on the 53-man roster for the slim possibility of a late-season return. Flacco's placement on IR almost certainly spells an end to his tenure with the Broncos, who will turn to Brandon Allen as their new starting quarterback Sunday versus the Browns. Allen's performance in that outing will likely dictate whether he sticks atop the depth chart coming out of the team's Week 10 bye, as could the health of Drew Lock (thumb). The rookie second-round pick is expected to resume practicing with the Broncos in Week 11 and could be activated from IR that same week or shortly thereafter to provide a challenge to Allen's starting role.
Flacco is expected to be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks after receiving a second opinion on the bulging disc in his neck, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Meanwhile, Mike Klis of 9News Denver relays that Flacco is likely to need the full six weeks to recover from the injury.
Before the Broncos clarify Flacco's timeline, he'll have his injury assessed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles and Dr. Jack Kelley in Connecticut, a source tells Schefter. The initial opinions Flacco has received leave the Broncos optimistic that he won't require surgery, but that won't be confirmed until Watkins and Kelley have a chance to examine him. In any case, since he's likely to miss all of the Broncos' November slate and perhaps a portion of the December schedule, too, Flacco looks like he could be at risk of landing on injured reserve. Brandon Allen is slated to get the first crack at replacing Flacco as the Broncos' starting quarterback Sunday against Cleveland.
Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that there's "a chance" that Flacco (neck) will be placed on injured reserve, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Flacco is tending to a neck injury that could force him to miss as much as 5-to-6 weeks. While the veteran quarterback doesn't seem to be dealing with a career-threatening issue or one that is likely to require surgery, his ability to play again this season remains in flux. The deciding factor of whether to place Flacco on IR could come down to how well Brandon Allen shows in his first career start Sunday versus Cleveland. Additionally, the potential return of second-round pick Drew Lock (thumb) from IR could also influence the Broncos' decision on Flacco.
Flacco will receive a second opinion on his neck injury, but he could miss as much as 5-6 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Flacco has likely avoided surgery and a career-threatening issue, but a trip to injured reserve isn't off the table, given the timeline and the Broncos' current record. Brandon Allen is expected to handle the starting duties under center, at least until second-round pick Drew Lock (thumb) is ready to return.
Flacco (neck) could be placed on injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The precise nature of the injury is unknown, but coach Vic Fangio termed it "a neck or disc issue," according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. If Flacco eventually lands on IR, the Broncos likely will be without the veteran for the rest of the season. In Flacco's place, Brandon Allen will run the offense, at least until 2019 second-round pick Drew Lock has completed his recovery from a sprained right thumb.
Coach Vic Fangio said that Flacco won't play Sunday against the Browns due to a neck injury, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Flacco took a massive hit on the last play of this past Sunday's loss at Indianapolis, which may have aggravated a minor neck strain he's been dealing with of late, per Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com. On Monday, Fangio clarified Flacco's injury, telling Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic that it's "a neck or disk issue." While Flacco is set for a period of rehab, perhaps for multiple weeks, Brandon Allen will take over under center for the Broncos.
Flacco completed 20 of 32 passes for 174 yards and added a nine-yard run during Sunday's 15-13 loss in Indianapolis. After the game, Flacco revealed that he has been dealing with a minor neck strain, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
During that same press conference, Flacco seemed throw offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello under the bus for running the ball on third down and five to go with less than two minutes left in the game and Denver leading 13-12. The veteran quarterback said that he would like for Denver to play a little more aggressive, but that's been hard to do with a banged-up offensive line and immobile quarterback. Flacco has gone without a touchdown in three consecutive games and has topped 200 yards passing just once in that span. He seems destined to find the bench if and when rookie Drew Lock (thumb) is ready to go later this season.
Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that Flacco would remain the Broncos' starting quarterback Week 8 in Indianapolis, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
Through seven starts, Flacco is completing a career-best 65.6 percent of his passes for a respectable 7.2 yards per attempt, but he's seen those efficiency marks drop down to 62.9 percent and 6.3 YPA the past two weeks while accounting for no touchdowns and turning the ball over twice. Though the Broncos are now sitting at 2-5 and probably don't view the 34-year-old as part of their long-term future, he should have a decent hold on the starting job at least until second-round rookie Drew Lock (thumb) is available. Lock is slated to resume practicing next Wednesday but isn't eligible to return from injured reserve until the Broncos' Week 9 game against the Browns.
Flacco completed 21 of 34 passes for 213 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Broncos' 30-6 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday. He also committed three fumbles, losing one.
Flacco escaped with just one official turnover, but he lost the handle on three occasions while taking a beating in the form of eight sacks. The veteran quarterback once again honed in on a very tight circle of pass catchers, with 11 of his completions going to Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders and another four to running back Royce Freeman. Flacco has now gone back-to-back games without a touchdown pass and has just a 6:5 TD:INT on the campaign. He'll look to make much more of an impact than in the last two games when the Broncos face the Colts in a Week 8 matchup, a week from Sunday.
Flacco completed 18 of 28 passes for 177 yards and lost a yard on four carries during Sunday's 16-0 win over the Titans.
Flacco was largely ineffective Sunday's slugfest, including an awful underthrown interception off his back foot that bounced off tight end Noah Fant and into the arms of the defender to open the second half. He delivered when it mattered most, however, including a big third-down conversion to Courtland Sutton during Denver's final full drive to set up a field goal to put Denver ahead by 16. Flacco has turned the ball over in five consecutive games and had accounted for multiple touchdowns just once this year. Next up is a Thursday matchup against a Chiefs defense that came into Week 6 with the eighth-toughest defense in the league in opponent passer rating (85.7).
Flacco completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Chargers.
Flacco easily set a new low for pass attempts on the season, but he was relatively efficient with his opportunities and finished averaging 9.1 yards per attempt. A large chunk of his production came on a 70-yard touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton in the first quarter, while the defense and the running game took over to grind out the win. Flacco has still led the offense to more than 20 points on just one occasion this season, posting a 6:4 TD:INT across five games. He'll face another tough matchup at home against the Titans next week.
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