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Joe Flacco says he feels “strong” after taking shot to knee

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The Ravens survived last night, but not without some worry about quarterback Joe Flacco, after he took a shot below the left knee in the fourth quarter.

Flacco was hit by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, and needed help getting up. He stayed in the game, and led his team to a last-minute game-winning field goal, but there was enough concern to have backup Tyrod Taylor up and warm in case.

“It wasn’t really bothering me once the initial hit,” Flacco said, via Jeff Zrebiec, of the Baltimore Sun. “I was probably more scared than anything from just what I felt and also just trying to get a couple of yards out of it. Yeah, it feels fine. It feels strong.”

Asked if he needed more tests, Flacco replied: “I have no idea. I’ll have to talk to the trainers and see what the protocol is. I’m not used to anything like this.”

The fact he finished the game, and the fact he’s been durable (last night was his 107th straight start) offers some consolation, but coach John Harbaugh wasn’t happy with the hit.

“That was tough,” Harbaugh said. “He got a helmet right below the knee, so that will be something that I’m sure [the league will] take a look at. He fought through that. You know, Joe Flacco is a tough guy. Joe Flacco is one tough guy and he’s a great player in crunch time.”

He’s also not a player who depends on his mobility as much as others, which should mitigate the impact as well.

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19 Responses to “Joe Flacco says he feels “strong” after taking shot to knee”
  1. steelnucs says: Dec 17, 2013 7:58 AM

    “He’s also not a player who depends on his mobility as much as others, which should mitigate the impact as well.”
    _______________

    He DOES, however, depend on the refs throwing flags for PI to let him get away with the jump balls he throws up there. Hopefully for his sake they won’t injure their flag-throwing hands in the next couple weeks.

  2. conner87 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:02 AM

    As much as I dislike Joe Flacco because most of the time he just chucks it deep and hopes for a PI.

    Glad hes OK.

  3. FinFan68 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:12 AM

    He comes off as an arrogant pr__k in his pc. The comment about staying on the ground trying to get a flag was bad as well.

  4. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 17, 2013 8:12 AM

    I’m glad Flacco is okay. Freak knee injuries are no way for anyone to go out.

    I can’t lie though. Having Ravens fans finally on board for simple things like not hitting a QB at the knees (that thing that supposedly makes Tom Brady a pansy) would have been an interesting twist of fate.

  5. vincentbojackson says: Dec 17, 2013 8:18 AM

    This could have been devastating for the Ravens, Flacco is their #1 rushing threat and leader of the always exciting 6 field goal drive game.

  6. gpry says: Dec 17, 2013 8:23 AM

    You can question his contract and if he’s “elite” but not his toughness!!!

  7. itsfootballbaby says: Dec 17, 2013 8:32 AM

    Brady or Manning would’ve thrown a hissy fit if either of them had been hit there with no flag.

  8. ravensdominate says: Dec 17, 2013 8:33 AM

    Joe Flacco – most clutch QB in the league.

  9. guitarkevin says: Dec 17, 2013 8:53 AM

    Get well Joe Clutch!

    Signed,
    Ravens Nation

  10. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Dec 17, 2013 9:17 AM

    Shut up harbaugh. You’re getting to be as big of a crybaby as your brother. When in reality you have the zebras in your back pocket.

  11. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Dec 17, 2013 9:35 AM

    Good thing you didn’t get hurt, Joe. I learned yesterday from numerous comments about Kevin Huber that it would not be the fault of the guy who hit you with his helmet, but it would have been an indication that you just weren’t man enough to play the game.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 17, 2013 10:16 AM

    Glad he’s OK, but there has to be an abundance of Set-up guys for Tucker out there.

  13. mackcarrington says: Dec 17, 2013 11:37 AM

    That hit could have been tragic, but it also looked unavoidable, and somewhat accidental.
    The defensive player was falling down, and at that point he couldn’t move his head to avoid Flacco’s leg. I think that was a good “no call”.

  14. thewhitehorsegeneral says: Dec 17, 2013 11:55 AM

    “Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 17, 2013 8:12 AM

    I’m glad Flacco is okay. Freak knee injuries are no way for anyone to go out.

    I can’t lie though. Having Ravens fans finally on board for simple things like not hitting a QB at the knees (that thing that supposedly makes Tom Brady a pansy) would have been an interesting twist of fate.”

    Tom Brady is a pansy and a whiny little crybaby. Had that been him in Joe’s place, he would have rolled around on the turf for as long as he possibly could while seeking out the nearest official and screamed at him until the ref threw a flag. If Brady gets hit by a passing breeze he does a punter flop and whines. Joe said nothing. Grabbed his leg because I am sure it hurt, got up, and then walked off the field.

    There are games where Flacco gets absolutely crushed with helmet to helmet shots, guys leading with the crown of their helmet, and taking KO shots to the head and nothing is ever called. Meanwhile Ngata gets flagged for swatting at a ball, partially deflecting a pass, hitting the QB’s arm coming forward, and his fingertips grazing the helmet of a QB.

    We’re just calling for equality.

  15. scoobies05 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:50 PM

    man is tough. 6 years and has played every game. more wins his first six years than any qb ever.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 17, 2013 2:30 PM

    “6 years and has played every game”

    You’re being generous – he might have been out on the field, but “played” is a stretch.

  17. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 17, 2013 2:32 PM

    “I learned yesterday from numerous comments about Kevin Huber that it would not be the fault of the guy who hit you with his helmet, but it would have been an indication that you just weren’t man enough to play the game.”

    At least he’s man enough to take a loss, without whining about sour grapes.

  18. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 17, 2013 3:01 PM

    By “strong” Joe obviously meant “mediocre.”

    That 70 rating he put up says it all.

  19. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 17, 2013 5:32 PM

    “…led his team to a last-minute game-winning…”

    Seems like this phrase is in every Flacco article lately.

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