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Flacco will take it easy for a few days

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After Monday night’s win over the Lions, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said his knee feels strong.  But that doesn’t mean his knee is perfectly fine.

Per a league source, Flacco plans to take it easy for a few days.  It’s unclear whether this means Flacco will skip practice or be limited in any of the practices preceding Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

Even if Flacco misses a little practice time, it could have been much worse.  ACLs have popped with far less pressure applied to the lower leg.

While it was unclear whether Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy deliberately went low on Flacco or was blocked to the ground, Levy struck Flacco in the leg with Levy’s helmet.  Under the rules applicable to passers in the pocket, Levy’s hit should have drawn a flag — and it should draw a fine.

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68 Responses to “Flacco will take it easy for a few days”
  1. jakec4 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:30 PM

    Even the most surly of Ravens fans don’t believe Levy meant to go low in a dirty way.

  2. t8ertot says: Dec 17, 2013 8:36 PM

    Must be hard work to throw Hail Marys down field and have the refs throw a pi call everytime. Why even bother defending the pass?

  3. uscoach says: Dec 17, 2013 8:36 PM

    I am a Ravens fan and I agree; it was not a malicious act in my opinion-

  4. tictoccpthook says: Dec 17, 2013 8:42 PM

    Thanks for the Flacco update. The hit on the knee looked bad. Tucker, jones, and Flacco’s performance Monday night has this Steeler fan wishing them well as the best AFC North team this year (two in a row, but the Steelers will take their spot back next year, as they are showing after a tough year where they never quit).
    Go Ravens !

  5. jdfrox says: Dec 17, 2013 8:44 PM

    Under the rules applicable to passers in the pocket, Levy’s hit should have drawn a flag — and it should draw a fine.

    Yeah, but the missed call drew no outrage from Jon Gruden or video montages from ESPN of similar low hits from the lions like the missed pass interference call in the endzone.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 8:46 PM

    There were a couple of other hits that should get fines too, including a few minor hits that didn’t get noticed. There was some contact out there that very well could have drawn more flags.

  7. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Dec 17, 2013 8:47 PM

    Flacco is a tough son of a gun.

  8. geektriumvirate says: Dec 17, 2013 8:53 PM

    loving the choke hold that the lion player is in (that was no doubt a non call as well)

  9. bennyb82 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:54 PM

    Fortunately Levy’s helmet did not strike two inches higher because ‘taking it easy’ would not be an option for Flacco.

  10. jonbeck316 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:04 PM

    If Aaron Rodgers had taken that hit, he would sit out the next three seasons.

  11. orivar says: Dec 17, 2013 9:07 PM

    It wasn’t even a hit on his knee, it was a hit on his tibia.

  12. ygkr85 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:17 PM

    If you watch the full clip of the replay you can see that he does get shoved aside by the O-lineman. Gruden made reference to it during the game, but most of the replays leave that portion out.

  13. iamthefootballjerk says: Dec 17, 2013 9:19 PM

    Does anyone else believe that the couple of people posing as obnoxious Steelers fans, are not actually fans of the team all? Probably Browns or Bengals fans. They also post on here like it’s their job. If I owned the McDonalds they worked at, they’d be fired by now.j

  14. hyzers says: Dec 17, 2013 9:30 PM

    He got thrown to the ground by the guard who was releasing on a screen. Watch some football. Or at least talk about the pathetic reffing that makes the NFL look like the National Fixed League!

  15. metalhead65 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:31 PM

    have you watched the replay? there was no doubt he was aiming for the knee. espn tried to give him the benefit of maybe he was blocked into but all you see is him lowering his helmet and diving right at the knee. he was not blocked or pushed. with the dirty play this line is known for there is no doubt he tried to take him out. he should be suspended for the rest of the season.

  16. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 17, 2013 9:36 PM

    Glad he is not injured. (Yes, I mean that. I’m not a Steelers fan.)

  17. tigersfandan says: Dec 17, 2013 9:37 PM

    These days, if a defensive hit is even questionable, it will probably draw a fine. Meanwhile, offensive players are permitted to stiff-arm would-be tacklers in the facemask with impunity.

  18. barbeaux says: Dec 17, 2013 9:39 PM

    His stats show that he’s been taking it easy all season

  19. terrorhawk2 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:45 PM

    Guy deserves it. Overpaid, but underrated. If that is possible.

    He’s cool under pressure anyway. That goes a long way. Just ask Romo.

  20. freebird2011 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:54 PM

    That picture depicts holding on the OL that, of course, was never called.

  21. foofeiter says: Dec 17, 2013 10:25 PM

    Yeah, there was a play there where one guy tackled another guy and he should have been flagged for tackling a guy when he had the ball. I’m sorry but isn’t this tackle football?

  22. foofeiter says: Dec 17, 2013 10:31 PM

    They should have thrown a flag on that guy the one time when he hit the other guy with the ball. This is tackle football, right?

    I’m pretty sure defensive players can target the knee of a running back with his helmet and not get called for anything.

    And the pussification of the QB position rages on.

  23. grumpyoleman says: Dec 17, 2013 10:33 PM

    Why would you fine a guy that was thrown to the ground and did everything he could to avoid hitting the quarterback? He didn’t even extend his arms to try to take him down.

  24. patriotinvasion says: Dec 17, 2013 11:16 PM

    Pats fan. Glad Flacco is ok. Hate injuries. See you Sunday.

  25. bshuclassof2012 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:18 PM

    Real classy wishing injury on someone, guys. What primordial ooze did some of you crawl out of?

  26. ravensdominate says: Dec 17, 2013 11:36 PM

    I love how all of the sudden we are getting calls. All you non ravens fans have no idea what the ravens have been subjected to in that regard for the last decade. It’s about time we get the better end if that deal for a change. It does stink being on the short end so I empathize but I swear to you we’ve had it bad over the years.

  27. nite2al says: Dec 18, 2013 12:19 AM

    Looks like the “Brady rule” only applies to Brady.

  28. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Dec 18, 2013 12:34 AM

    i don’t think you really know a person’s full intentions- what they meant to do, vs how it looks. nevertheless, we got the win

  29. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Dec 18, 2013 12:35 AM

    hey lions fans…should the 3 interceptions stafford threw, have been a flag as well?

    please enlighten?

  30. slobberknocker says: Dec 18, 2013 12:48 AM

    He’s been taking it easy all year long since the big pay day…what’s a few more days?

  31. nite2al says: Dec 18, 2013 12:56 AM

    Looks like the “Tom Brady” rule only applies to Tom Brady.

    Just like in the SB, all SF fans talk about is the PI the wasn’t called, as if they automattically get 6 points, if a flag is thrown. You had 4 chances and didn’t get it done!

    If the earlier late hit out-of-bounds on Flacco was called, you don’t get a chance at the goal line.

    And if the lights don’t mysteriously go out, dare I say final score, 63-13?!?!?

    Take your beating like a man and stop complaining.

  32. steelcityjoker says: Dec 18, 2013 1:51 AM

    If this play should have drawn a flag, how come there isnt as much outrage over this as the Punter from CIN? I mean punters are easily replacable, but quality QBs….?

  33. axespray says: Dec 18, 2013 2:52 AM

    whining about refs…. steelers fans whining about the ravens getting calls, after superbowl 40 and the miami fumble in 2010 ?

    Lions whining about the refs after telling Packer fans to not complain after the fail mary?

    smh.

  34. unislaya says: Dec 18, 2013 3:28 AM

    Throwing all those touch-downs really took a toll on him, Sunday.

  35. strongmackn says: Dec 18, 2013 3:52 AM

    I thought flacco’s been tak8ng it easy since last year

  36. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 18, 2013 5:01 AM

    Flacco has been “taking it easy” all year! I cant believe a Team would shell out that kind of money for a bad QB! Look how many interceptions he has thrown. If I didnt know any better I would think his eye sight is bad! Joe “blind jumpball flacco”

  37. djstat says: Dec 18, 2013 6:31 AM

    To the Steeler fan above who hopes that people does in a car crash and have careers crippled, you are all that is wrong with sports. This is a game. That’s it. Sorry your team is awful and will be worse next year as your cap is still a mess. Clown

  38. igfisbogus says: Dec 18, 2013 6:54 AM

    Steelers fans proving that they are the most classless fans in the NFL. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised considering their head coach was caught cheating in front of the entire country. Now they are reduced to praying for Ravens players to get injured. My how the mighty have fallen. I am sure they are in their parent’s basements in disbelief that their 6 rings didn’t somehow magically lead them to victory.

  39. jmblosser82 says: Dec 18, 2013 7:01 AM

    Taking it easy for a few days…how’s that any different then the rest of the season.

  40. ravenswhat says: Dec 18, 2013 7:06 AM

    All he does is win and he has never missed a game. It makes the trolls’s melt so hard.

  41. ravanator says: Dec 18, 2013 7:07 AM

    Flacco > Peyton Manning & Tom Brady combined
    Flacco > Dan Marino

    #superbowlmvp
    #ravensrepeat

  42. cruzan80 says: Dec 18, 2013 8:01 AM

    I just realized this guy has never missed a start….

  43. SmashMouthFootball says: Dec 18, 2013 8:55 AM

    I don’t think anything malicious was intended. Glad the Ravens franchise QB, Super Bowl MVP, holder of multiple NFL records (already) will be ok. Tough dude.

    Surely all you Flacco haters loved to hear Gruden and Tirico praise his arm strength and accuracy over, and over, and over again on Monday night.

  44. monsterscream says: Dec 18, 2013 9:09 AM

    Dude is a BEAST. Why was Ray Lewis hating on him so bad the other night? Oh yea, it’s bcuz Flacco said he didn’t understand 90% of what Ray says. I get it now Ray Ray….

  45. jmblosser82 says: Dec 18, 2013 9:50 AM

    Never denied Flacco had good arm strength. 80% of the passing game is chuck it down field, most of the time he over or under throws his receiver. Out of his inaccurate bombs his receivers get a PI in their favor. Flacco then follows it up with a FG by team MVP Tucker.

    The guy never missed a game, true. The first 5 years he had one if the best lines to block plus a stable of RBs that would combine for 2000 yards in a season.

  46. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 18, 2013 9:56 AM

    Steelers fans proving that they are the most classless fans in the NFL. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised considering their head coach was caught cheating in front of the entire country. Now they are reduced to praying for Ravens players to get injured. My how the mighty have fallen. I am sure they are in their parent’s basements in disbelief that their 6 rings didn’t somehow magically lead them to victory.

    Classless Steeler fans? I guess it’s ok for a raven fan posting as coachjohnharbag to suggest they “take out” a couple of lion stars? Keep dreaming with the rest of your childish insults after all when your eyes open each morning it’s in Baltimore…..Nuff said”

  47. edisbetterthantroy says: Dec 18, 2013 10:07 AM

    So what happens if/when Joe outduels Brady AGAIN this Sunday? What happens if they win the division? What happens if they have any success in the playoffs? What happens if Joe Flacco has anything to do with any of it?

    One thing is certain, you fools will continue bash him regardless. Until the Ravens go 4-12 yet Joe throws for 4,500 yards and 30 TDs, he will never earn your respect. Even then, he probably should’ve thrown for 35 TDs. At the cost of the Ravens going 3-13 for those extra 5 TDs.

    Joe > Romo, Eli, Stafford, Cutler, Griffin III, Ryan, etc, etc, etc. And anyone else you’re perennial losing franchises decide to overpay or trade draft picks or whatever…

  48. jmblosser82 says: Dec 18, 2013 10:25 AM

    Flacco is slightly above average

  49. brutus9448 says: Dec 18, 2013 11:29 AM

    Yea and the PI should have been called against the ravens in the endzone and the 1 face mask call and the PI that followed it that gave the ravens the 3 points to win the game should have never been called.
    .
    Ravens and the pats always get the calls. It must be good for NFL business wise to have those 2 teams in the playoffs. rigged!

  50. SmashMouthFootball says: Dec 18, 2013 11:44 AM

    How do you know every Ravens fan lives in Baltimore @nofoolnodrool? That’s as narrow minded as saying all Steeler fans live in Pittsburgh. For all you know that guy is your neighbor. Epic fail. Try again.

  51. tvjules says: Dec 18, 2013 11:45 AM

    He took it pretty easy on Monday night, too. Justin Tucker = Ravens MVP

  52. finsblood13 says: Dec 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    Tannehill > Flacco

  53. SmashMouthFootball says: Dec 18, 2013 11:50 AM

    jmblosser82:

    Ravens only had Flacco’s first and second year with 2000+ rushing. Gees dude, fact check before you use facts.

    Also I thought all Flacco did was check downs to Ray Rice? Now you say 80% is down field. Gees dude, stay consistent.

  54. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 18, 2013 11:56 AM

    Glad he is not hurt.

    – the D-Backs of every other afcn team

  55. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 18, 2013 12:02 PM

    edisbetterthantroy says:
    Joe > Romo, Eli, Stafford, Cutler, Griffin III, Ryan, etc, etc, etc.
    —————————————————-
    Don’t disagree with that, though the more important equation:
    Joe < Ben, Brady, Brees, Manning, Rodgers, Alex Smith, Kaep, Tannehill, Schaub, Luck, and about 8 others.
    Not even in the top 15.

  56. steelerben says: Dec 18, 2013 12:02 PM

    Football is a fun game to watch. We all have our teams that we root for and the rivalries that come with them. You might hope that your team smacks the other guys in the mouth so hard they don’t want to come back on the field, but you never root for someone to be injured.

    Sucks that Flacco took a low shot on a play where the defender may or may not have been blocked into him. Good to hear that there was not any permanent damage.

    The rivalry is a lot less fun when there are excuses on the table.

  57. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 18, 2013 12:10 PM

    How do you know every Ravens fan lives in Baltimore @nofoolnodrool? That’s as narrow minded as saying all Steeler fans live in Pittsburgh. For all you know that guy is your neighbor. Epic fail. Try again.

    Ok, I’ll fix it for you. Every mourning you wake being a silly ravens fan….better. Have a snickers ….it won’t help your raven fan problem but you won’t be as grumpy. My neighbors definitely have more class
    Than to be a raven fan…so all is good.

  58. sbchampsagain says: Dec 18, 2013 12:20 PM

    WOW! Lotsa Flacco Haters.

    “Flacco only throws check downs.” Now its, “Flacco only throws deep balls.”

    “Flacco will have no shot at the playoffs without Ed, Ray, Boldin, Kruger, Ellerbe and Pitta.”
    Completely ignoring that Flacco and the Ravens are relevent in December and have an outside shot at the playoffs, again.

    “Flacco won the SB riding the coat tails of his defense.”
    Completely ignoroing that the ravens defense was statistically the worst defense to EVER win a SB. And that Flacco tied Joe MONTANA’s record in the process.

    Not sure why there is so much hate. All Flacco does is win, and seems like a pretty nice guy too.

  59. opneon says: Dec 18, 2013 12:31 PM

    I’m a Ravens fan who doesn’t think it was intentional. However, it still should have been flagged. And I just love those who are talking about holding – like that compares to a hit on the QBs leg!

    I don’t think there are Steelers posers on here…I think they are just your typical obnoxious Squealers fans.

    Also, this play is nothing like when the Steeler lineman rolled 5 times until he ran over Carson Palmer’s leg and almost ended his carreer. The Steelers have always been dirty. The Ravens will hit you hard, but not typically after the whistle like Hineyhole Ward, Polumolu, Harrison, etc. and whoever broke the punters jaw! That was ridiculous. If the Ravens don’t make it…I hope the Bengals do…and pleeease not the Steelers.

  60. sbchampsagain says: Dec 18, 2013 12:35 PM

    IMO:

    Right now there are 4 tiers of guys:

    1. Guys that are HOF caliber (or borderline) and will carve you up: Brady, Brees, Manning, Rodgers

    2. Solid “franchise” guys that can have very good days and can probably win a SB (if they haven’t already) Their teams are not necessarily looking for a new QB: Rivers, Flacco, Alex Smith, Luck, Ben, Eli, Kaep, Ryan, Romo, Cutler, Stafford

    3. Upcoming and the franchises are likely optimistic about (smaller sample size): Tannehill, Cam, RG3

    4. EVERYONE ELSE “We’re still looking”

  61. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 18, 2013 12:48 PM

    I’m a Ravens fan who doesn’t think it was intentional. However, it still should have been flagged. And I just love those who are talking about holding – like that compares to a hit on the QBs leg!

    I don’t think there are Steelers posers on here…I think they are just your typical obnoxious Squealers fans.

    Also, this play is nothing like when the Steeler lineman rolled 5 times until he ran over Carson Palmer’s leg and almost ended his carreer. The Steelers have always been dirty. The Ravens will hit you hard, but not typically after the whistle like Hineyhole Ward, Polumolu, Harrison, etc. and whoever broke the punters jaw! That was ridiculous. If the Ravens don’t make it…I hope the Bengals do…and pleeease not the Steelers.

    Boy I am glad you said you were a raven as it explains your whiny little boy attitude. Your ravens are not saints…..hate to bring too much reality at once, but fans and players around the NFL know what you guys are and it’s not clean players.

  62. deweyaxewound says: Dec 18, 2013 12:50 PM

    Flacco and Phelps are gonna kick it a bit…maybe watch a movie, eat some Doritos, stroll down to the Inner Harbor, watch the ships sail in the bay.

  63. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 18, 2013 12:58 PM

    The Ravens will hit you hard, but not typically after the whistle like…

    I would agree with that.

  64. guitarkevin says: Dec 18, 2013 1:51 PM

    - For those that are obviously being whimsical about Flacco “taking it easy”, I know I shouldn’t have to point out that Flacco has put his body on the line this year running the ball. Go look at the play verse the Vikings where he ran for about 15 yards and dropped a shoulder on the DB, then come back and tell me he ain’t one tough son of a gun.

    - Also, for the no calls on Flacco. I think Joe is so tough that when he does get hit illegally, the officials don’t throw a flag because Joe doesn’t act like a diva trying to get the call.

    He may not have the fantasy numbers a lot of people want to see, but the guy is tough as nails and is very clutch when the game is on the line. I think he’s the toughest and most clutch out of every QB in the league and that makes him “ELITE”.

  65. jtbsteeler says: Dec 18, 2013 2:57 PM

    Everytime you see Flacco throw a deep route, you automatically think of “Jumpball Joe”.

    My life is complete.

  66. scoobies05 says: Dec 18, 2013 3:53 PM

    as far as “jumpball joe”, i thought it was the only thing he can do is check down. you guys really need to make up your minds. i do know all he does is win. so call him whatever you want, and we will call him champ

  67. scoobies05 says: Dec 18, 2013 6:37 PM

    nice life

  68. kevo95 says: Dec 18, 2013 7:47 PM

    Flaco is a cry baby

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