Joe Flacco Injury Updates

The Jets have signed QB Joe Flacco to a 1-year deal. It's worth $1.5 million with another $3 million available through incentives. Flacco is still recovering from April neck surgery and isn't expected to be cleared until "mid-September," according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. A healthy Flacco should slide in as QB Sam Darnold's backup. Darnold has dealt with a sprained foot, mono, a toe injury and another foot injury through 2 NFL seasons.

The Broncos have released QB Joe Flacco. The 35-year-old is expected to be ready for the 2020 season after missing the 2nd half of 2019 with a neck injury but will surely need to settle for a backup job on the open market. Denver is moving forward with QB Drew Lock, who has some upside as a late-round fantasy pick after an encouraging finish to his rookie campaign.

2:11pm EDT 11/1/19

The Broncos have placed QB Joe Flacco (neck) on IR, ending his 2019 season. It'll be Brandon Allen under center for the Broncos, presumably until rookie QB Drew Lock is ready to return from his thumb injury.

Broncos HC Vic Fangio announced Monday that QB Joe Flacco will miss Week 9 with a neck injury suffered in yesterday's loss to the Colts. Rookie QB Drew Lock still isn't ready to return from his thumb injury, so it'll be Brandon Allen under center for Denver. The 2016 6th-rounder has never taken a regular-season snap and averaged 6.2 yards per attempt with 0 TDs and 3 INTs this preseason. As poorly as Flacco has played, this is a downgrade for Denver's offense.

Update: Flacco has a herniated disc in his neck, according to insider Jeff Lewold. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that Flacco is expected to miss "significant time." He's droppable in all fantasy leagues.

Broncos QB Drew Lock suffered a "bad sprain" to his right thumb in Monday night's preseason game against the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lock doesn't need surgery, but he's expected to be sidelined into the regular season, reports insider Mike Klis. Lock wasn't threatening QB Joe Flacco's starting job anyway, and this injury kills any chance he had to hit the field early this year.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Chiefs. He put in a full practice on Friday — his 1st since suffering that hip injury. If Flacco is active on Sunday, he’s expected to back up QB Lamar Jackson. But it’d add some risk to Jackson’s fantasy outlook because Baltimore could bench him if he struggles.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) put in a limited practice on Friday -- his 1st since suffering that hip injury in Week 9. QB Lamar Jackson is still fully expected to start this weekend's game against the Falcons, but Flacco might be ready for Week 14. How Jackson plays on Sunday might determine who's under center against the Chiefs in 10 days.

The Ravens plan to start QB Lamar Jackson for Sunday’s game at Atlanta, per Mike Garafolo of NFL.com. The news isn’t surprising, as Joe Flacco hasn’t gained medical clearance from his hip injury. Jackson’s run hot and cold as a passer but owns a whopping 190 rushing yards through 2 starts. He’ll carry top-15 potential into the road matchup.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco's status for Sunday's game against the Bengals is "up in the air" due to his hip injury, HC John Harbaugh admitted Monday. “He’s getting treatment just like all the guys are getting treatment," Harbaugh added. "We’ll see. We’ll know more as the week goes on." We'll be keeping a close eye on Flacco all week, but Harbaugh also said that Flacco could play this weekend without practicing. If Flacco is unable to go, 1st-round rookie QB Lamar Jackson is expected to start.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport describes Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) as "more day-to-day than week-to-week." But, Rapoport adds, Flacco's status for Week 11's game against the Bengals remains "uncertain." So it doesn't sound like Flacco is dealing with a season-ending injury, but it's still possible we see QB Lamar Jackson get a start next weekend. We'll keep a close eye on the situation when Baltimore returns to practice.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco has a hip injury that has his availability for next Sunday's game against the Bengals "in question," according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. The injury reportedly occurred on Baltimore's 6th offensive snap in last weekend's loss to the Steelers. Flacco was able to finish that game but was walking with a "noticeable limp" afterward, Zrebiec reports. We'll continue to keep a close eye on this situation, but rookie QB Lamar Jackson might be worth adding now in 2-QB and deeper 1-QB leagues.

The Ravens traded back into the 1st round to select Louisville QB Lamar Jackson at #32. The 21-year-old was a stat-piling machine over the past 2 seasons, throwing for 7,203 yards and 57 TDs (vs. 19 INTs) and running for another 3,172 yards and 39 scores. He’s a bit slight of frame at 6’2 and 216 pounds. But he missed just 1 game at Louisville (a 2015 ankle injury), despite carrying 655 times. The biggest knock against Jackson is inconsistent accuracy. He left school with a 57.0% completion rate — although he posted a career-best 59.1% mark this past year. Between the accuracy problems and the supreme athleticism, there’s certainly some Michael Vick to Jackson. Vick ranked as a top 12 fantasy QB in all 4 seasons he made 15+ starts, including a pair of #4 finishes. Jackson could use some seasoning and will begin his career behind Joe Flacco. But when he gets on the field, Jackson’s rushing ability will give him big fantasy upside.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final Week 1 injury report. He’ll start on Sunday but isn’t a recommended fantasy play after missing all of August and drawing a solid Bengals defense.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (back) remains sidelined. We're now 4 weeks into what the team originally called a 1-week injury. OC Marty Mornhinweg gave a rambling, useless response when asked on Wednesday about Flacco's timetable for return. We've still heard nothing to suggest that he won't be ready for the season opener, but such an extended absence with a back injury for a 32-year-old QB is a concern. Flacco isn't worth drafting outside of 2-QB leagues. And if he's not back on the field by the end of August, we'll have to start pushing WRs Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace down the WR rankings.

 
 
 

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