The Baltimore Ravens won't run the risk of worsening quarterback Joe Flacco's back injury through the preseason docket, but the team did announce on Friday that he will be ready to go for the regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Ravens released a statement saying, "The team now has a more definitive timeframe for QB Joe Flacco's return". Add in John Urschel retiring at the start of training camp and Darren Waller's one-year suspension, and this franchise is going to need contributions from a lot of fresh faces to compete. While it would be nice to have Flacco back in action for some of the preseason games in an effort to gauge where he's at, the fact he will get some practice time is still pretty important.
The Ravens opened the preseason with a 23-3 win against the Washington Redskins Aug. 10. In his absence, the Ravens played three quarterbacks, Josh Woodrum, Ryan Mallett and Dustin Vaughan. He went through some on-field work with the other quarterbacks and injured vets, but reported his back stiffness to the team and was put on the shelf at the start of training camp on July 27. However, the Ravens claim there is nothing to fear.
Flacco has missed just six games over his nine National Football League seasons, all coming in 2015 when he tore his left ACL.
The 32-year-old has spent his entire career with the Ravens.