After Sunday’s season-ending loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, you would think there would be nothing to be happy about. There is one good thing: the status of quarterback Joe Flacco’s left knee.
Flacco told reporters after Sunday’s loss that he will not need surgery to repair the knee injury that hindered him the final two weeks of the season.
“I’m not going to have to get anything done,” Flacco said. “It was just my MCL and it will heal on its own.”
Flacco also suffered a scare in Sunday’s game when he was hit and immediately fell to the turf grabbing his injured leg. The television showed him wincing in pain, but Flacco said that the play did not make the injury worse.
“It just doesn’t bend that well, and when the guy landed on me, he just bent it all up into the top of my chest,” Flacco said. “It didn’t do any more (damage) to my knee; it just hurt for a while — that’s all.”
Flacco was originally injured in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions when linebacker DeAndre Levy fell into his left leg and collapsed it inward. He played through his injury to finish that game. He was later fitted for a brace to wear during the final two games of the season. In the final two games of the season, Flacco completed 59 percent of his passes with one touchdown and five interceptions.
The upcoming offseason will give him a much-deserved rest, considering the amount of hits that Flacco has taken this season. He was sacked 48 times this season. The previous high was 40 sacks, which Flacco set in 2010. Miami Dolphin’s Ryan Tannehill (58) was sacked more. This was the most sacks any Ravens quarterback has taken in team history. Despite all the sacks, he never missed a game and continued his streak of starting every game of his career. A true warrior.
One of the downfalls of the Ravens is the offensive line. The offensive line must protect the quarterback, at all costs, especially in the pocket. The quarterback must have time to locate his receivers without getting hit. How can this quarterback, or any quarterback for that matter, be expected to throw those deep ball game-winning passes when he is trying to outrun the opponent’s offense?