Flacco will play, barring a Saturday setback

AP

Despite being listed as questionable — technically, 50-50 — to play on Sunday against the Patriots, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco remains expected to play despite a knee injury suffered Monday night in Detroit.

Per a league source, Flacco “feels strongly” about playing, and he won’t play only if “something happens” to the knee on Saturday.

It’s possible, but not likely, that Flacco could twist or wrench or bang the knee in a way that exacerbates the mild MCL sprain.

So why list him as questionable and not probable?  Apart from the fact that “probable” technically means that it’s virtually certain the player will be available for normal duty, there’s a chance that the Ravens have opted to try to out-Patriot the Patriots.

New England routinely lists multiple players as questionable.  Some believe that the Patriots know which of the players who are listed as questionable will play and won’t play, and that the Patriots use the “questionable” designation to keep the opponents guessing for as long as possible about a player’s availability.

28 responses to “Flacco will play, barring a Saturday setback

  1. If the Patriots are messing with the injury reports to keep their opponents guessing, the very same thing is being done right back to the Pats. Through game 14, there is no difference between the Pats and their opponents in the likelihood that an injured player will miss a game depending on Friday injury status: doubtful = 97% likely not to play, questionable = 27% likely not to play, and probable = 3% likely not to play. This is quite a bit different from the 75%, 50%, 25% that is commonly associated with these labels, but is exactly the same for the Pats and their opponents.

  2. considering the great games these two teams have played the last few years, and with so much on the line, this one should be another great matchup. good luck to the pats and their fans and go ravens!

  3. Flacco is too tough not to play, he wouldn’t miss this game for anything, too important.

    This from a Patriots fan

  4. If Flacco doesnt play Pats will lose. Pats record against unknown QBs is worse. Pats play best when the other side is really really good

    However, whether a player plays or not does not change the way you do things at practice.

  5. I see no evidence of this happening with the Patriots. It’s something that has grown legs based on the juvenile need of some teams and reporters to find SOME reason their team lost a game, or just simply an effort to discredit them for their continued success. It’s basically a result of Brady being on the report for a loong time, and Belichick’s known disdain for the injury report rule changes, that were probably geared towards betters and fantasy football marketing efforts. He thumbed his nose at the league a bit. So what. Look at what Harbaugh did last season with the injury report. It was ridiculous, but not a word is said about it. Instead, it is turned around as if some how the Patriots are responsible. Remember when Harbaugh whined about this last season on the radio, yet flagrantly violated the rules all season long? A MAN doesn’t do something, and then seek someone else to take the blame. The entire Harbaugh family is one big collection of ultra-maroons if you ask me.

  6. Yeah, Tannehill looked pretty good last week. Why would the Flacco apologists think he’s gonna do better. Tannehill has better passing stats all across the board. Except for an exceptional post season last year, Flacco has been nothing more than an above ave QB on a well coached, balanced FB team that usually had a good D and running gm(just like Eli Manning). This year Flacco’s back to normal; only he’s being paid like an elite QB that he’ll never be. The Raven’s offense stinks. They didn’t even score a TD against the Lions Mon nite, one of the worst def in the league. Pats win tomorrow. Ravens miss the playoffs.

  7. I’m sure flacco will find a way throw a bunch of hail Mary’s and a pass interference call in them, as per usual.

  8. Ryan Tannehill Statistics (w/ crappy offensive line):

    3627 yards – 86 QB rating

    23 td – 14 int – 9 fumbles

    62% completions

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    “ELITE” joe flacco Statistics:

    3460 yards – 76 QB rating

    18 td – 17 int – 8 fumbles

    58% completions

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Tannehill’s terrible offensive line has given up the most sacks in the NFL.

    Yet… Tannehill’s statistics are still better than joe flacco’s statistics.

  9. Which NFL QB, with an elite QB contract has:

    Never passed for 4000 yrds.
    Never thrown more than 25 TDs.
    Only has one season with a QB rating over 90.
    Only cracked the top 10 in QB rating once(9th).
    Was 5-4 in the playoffs and had a 52% completion percentage before last yrs great run.

    *hint* He has no leadership skills either.

  10. Which NFL QB, with an elite QB contract has:

    Never passed for 4000 yrds.
    Never thrown more than 25 TDs.
    Only has one season with a QB rating over 90.
    Only cracked the top 10 in QB rating once(9th).
    Was 5-4 in the playoffs and had a 52% completion percentage before last yrs great run.

    *hint* He has no leadership skills either.

    Uhm… the current reigning Superbowl MVP who has won playoff games every year in the league?

  11. I often wonder if the Flacco haters that throw out his stats all the time even watch football.

    Guys like rivers, Stafford and Romo always trump Flacco when it comes to stats. But what about how many games those guys have lost at the end of a 3 TD 350 yard game and game deciding int? How many times has flacco made all the big throws in the 4th during a 0 TD 2 int 150 yard game?

    Seriously dudes, learn what’s important in the end.

  12. Flacco, the reigning SB MVP, plays on a better team than Stafford, Romo or Rivers, with a better defense. Much better. Not to mention far superior coaching. If Flacco was on SD, Dallas or Detroit he wouldn’t have won anything either. Although Romo does seem like a choker, sometimes these guys have to throw it up there because their D’s left them in the lurch. The Ravens could make the playoffs with any of those QBs

    Flacco still couldn’t get over the top until what I have already said was an historic run in last yrs playoffs. This yrs performance by Flacco tells me that was a fluke.

  13. People seem not to realize that when you are consistently good year to year you have a consistently harder schedule because the way the schedules are made. It’s bogus to compare qb numbers without looking at common opponents.

  14. Some QBs set their goal at winning at least one playoff game every year. Others are just happy to let Tim Tebow end their season on the first play in OT.

  15. stats stats stats. great for fantasy football. but in the nfl there is only one stat that matters and flacco is up there with the best. playoff appearances? 5 in 5 years. playoff wins? 9 (same as peyton) . superbowl wins? 1. has it occured to anyone that maybe the ravens have a better team in part because of joe flacco? so keep on throwing out stats. flacco and the ravens will just keep winning

  16. Good points Scoobie. Fantasy stats have clouded fans minds. Fantasy football is for fans that know nothing about real football. Joe plays real football.

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