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.