Joe Flacco played final series with torn ACL

AP

Philip Rivers became legendary for playing on a torn ACL in the playoffs.

What Joe Flacco did yesterday might not carry the same importance, but it was just as tough.

Flacco finished yesterday’s Ravens win after suffering a torn ACL and possible MCL, staying on the field to get them in position for a game-winning field goal.

After taking the ball late on Case Keenum’s concussion-aided fumble, Flacco dropped back to pass, but was rolled into by backup left tackle James Hurst, who could hear his quarterback scream as he went down.

I felt a lot of crunches and stuff like that,” Flacco said, via Jeff Zrebeic of the Baltimore Sun. “I felt a lot of stuff.”

But he stayed in the game, and handed off twice, before stopping the clock to put Justin Tucker in position for the game-winning field goal.

“I didn’t know what was wrong,” Flacco said. “The fact that I was able to hop up and head toward the sideline, I said, ‘Oh OK, let’s hang out here and see what I can do.’ I don’t know if that’s the best thing, but it’s just a reaction.”

Others viewed it differently.

“He completed the whole series with two completely torn ligaments and stayed on the field with the clock running, because he knew if he comes off, now we have clock issues,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He stays out there, gets the run that pops it, puts us in better field-goal range and then runs the clock down.

“I think it was a courageous performance by Joe at the end.”

Of course, it will now put him on injured reserve, alongside stars such as Steve Smith and Terrell Suggs, torpedoing what was left of the Ravens season (such that they hadn’t already).

The Ravens also lost running back Justin Forsett to a broken arm yesterday, adding him to the long list that includes Smith, Suggs, first-round pick Breshad Perriman and center Jerry Zuttah out for the year with injuries.

54 responses to “Joe Flacco played final series with torn ACL

  1. I wonder if Harbaugh regrets making that phone call to The Colts?

    Oh yeah, I forgot, he doesn’t know anything about it.

  2. Meanwhile Big Ben has been carted off the field 2 times with his head buried in his hands (as if he wasn’t seriously injured) while Flacco not only finished but deflected questions from the media about it instead of giving you the Big Ben “let me tell how hurt I am” spiel. Both are tough as nails and both are proven winners, but let’s be honest… one is known for his over the top theatrics and one is not.

  3. Probably not the smartest thing to do considering where they stand in the season. It may have made sense if it was a playoff game (emphasis on may have). But why risk additional potential damage to himself and the team?

    If anything, maybe the fact that another elite quarterback is seriously injured will convince Goodell that playing additional games is just too risky.

  4. ahuh, I think you mean Breshad Perriman. So yeah, between Suggs, Zuttah, Perriman, Flacco, Forsett, Smith, Pitta not coming back this year and even more crap like what the zebras pulled vs. Arizona and Jacksonville, the year is shot.

  5. Sounds about right…Flacco is one bad dude. Ravens fans knew it would take something like this to get him off the field after 6+ years. Amazing next week will be first time since 2007 Flacco hasn’t started at QB for Ravens. Hopefully by next year he will have somebody to throw to, worst receiving corps league has seen in a while.

  6. “He completed the whole series with two completely torn ligaments and stayed on the field with the clock running, because he knew if he comes off, now we have clock issues,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He stays out there, gets the run that pops it, puts us in better field-goal range and then runs the clock down.”
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    So which is it blow hard, I mean Harbaugh? Was it the whole series, or the last few plays? Surprised Harbaugh isn’t trying to tell us that he played the whole second half or something. Two handoffs and a spike isn’t on the same level as what Rivers did with two blown out knees

  7. If you are going to mention Rivers with Flacco you should also mention Logan Mankins. If memory serves me correctly he played almost an entire season with a torn ACL.

    That my friends……….is one tough SOB

  8. It sucks to lose your starting QB to an injury like this to end the season, but I guess if it has to happen these are the best circumstances to have it happen in. It’s not like they were in the race for a playoff spot or anything, the season was already lost. Now they can concentrate on evaluating talent for next season and maybe come back full strength in 2016. I just hate that YET AGAIN when they play my Steelers later this season key players will be missing.

    Get better Joe, you’re a tougher son-of-a-gun than most people give you credit for.

  9. Flacco was quite brave, and as a Ravens fan I admire him but now we are down to Matt Schaub as if things couldn’t get worse. We are in line now for a number 1 pick. What I do want to talk about is the fact that Keenum was clearly concussed, I saw it at home on the tv, he could barely stand up, had there not been a penalty he would have had to leave the field, yet that great NFL savior in the sky who was going to intervene and stop things like this, just conveniently disappeared in a tight contested game with a critical QB’s playing time in the balance. Someone’s head should roll, this concussion was diagnose by my 12 year old sitting beside me, yet a professional neurologist hired by the NFL with closed circuit cameras missed it. Must have been his bathroom break.

  10. Tough as nails. Joe plays QB the way its supposed to be played. No whining for flags, no TD dances, no first down chops.

    While he certainly has his moments, the guy is a winner. And he gutted out the W yesterday.

  11. Except maybe it wasn’t completely torn and maybe it was only an ACL when he first injured it. Also he is your highest paid player, the priority is to minimize damage and get him out as soon as possible, not to courageously finish a meaningless game when you are practically out of playoff contention.

  12. Unfortunate for them, but the Steelers have had a few season plagued with injuries very similar to this. It’s very disappointing.

  13. Flacco was the main reason I still had faith we could win out. The team has been decimated with injuries and just bad players and terrible playcalling. He wasn’t having his best season, but I’m not sure how much more he could do with the group that was around him. For every bonehead play he makes, he comes back with lasers and beautiful throws. He’s entertaining to watch, man this blows. And Forsett done too, my goodness smh. We’ll rally around Matt Schaub and hopefully he can pull off a Matt Cassell lol. Go Ravens!

  14. torn ACL – yet he didn’t curl up in the fetal position in the middle of the field like some certain AFC North starting quarterback. I’ve sure there are those talking heads however that will try to tell us a strain and a bruise are worse than a tear.

  15. Big Ben is about as a tough as it gets. I give Flacco credit playing through a acl tear but the guy will and always be over-rated. 1 superbowl his whole career and that came on a jumpball joe play where the denver defensive back fell asleep. Not impressive.

  16. Joe Flacco will come back from this and be better for it. He takes a lot of slack from people but wait till all those folks see matt schaub run this offense. I think they will immediately start sending get well soon cards to Joe.

  17. I’m sure the guys at ESPN are really looking forward to next Monday’s Baltimore at Cleveland game. I’m hearing reports the ACLU may try to have the game banned from being shown in prisons as having to watch it would violate the 8th Amendment, which bans cruel and unusual punishment.

  18. This was a totally meaningless game in a disaster of a season for the Ravens.

    Why stay in and risk further injury?

    Flacco not being ready for next season could ruin two seasons instead of just this one.

  19. I’m not so sure it was worth the risk of permanent damage to get a last-gasp win against the Rams in a lost season. Next week’s Browns game is going to be a total dumpster fire.

  20. arzcardinals says:
    Nov 23, 2015 8:51 AM

    That’s amazing!!! As someone who has torn his ACL it’s is a TON of pain!!!!!!!! That’s all footBALLS and heart! Impressed!

    Not always true. My sister just tore her ACL when she was taking her black belt test and her plant leg gave out. She heard a pop and then felt a warm tingly sensation but no pain. She even tried to continue the test.

  21. One thing is for sure.. A lot of hate out there for joe and the ravens. Which usually means the team getting hated on has been busting everybody else up..

    And for all you nerds who say “why’d he stay out there in a meaningless game,” you’ve obviously never played a game in a real, competitive environment.

    The guys a rock solid QB and a pro. Keep hating.. He’ll be back and so will the Ravens

    One last thing. Big Ben is a drama queen and the whole world doesn’t revolve around the cheating and deflating patriots

  22. Love the morons coming here and slamming Flacco…Not a Ravens fan at all, but as a football fan that guy has balls the size of planets.

  23. Had injuries not hit and a few bounces gone their way wouldn’t shock me if Ravens were one of the top AFC teams this year. Good football team just wasn’t meant to be this year.

  24. i couldnt believe it when i saw the news later. we were watching it and we all thought he just sprained his ankle.

  25. Remember when Bengals fans were talking about going undefeated and Red Ryder as MVP?
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    not really, Bengals’ fans are rightfully cautious – but I do remember a lot of national media saying that.

  26. I’m sure the NFLRAVENSCOLTS are working on a way to blame this on the Patriots. I can see it now, “NFLRAVENSCOLTS launch investigation on New England Patriots for watching the Ravens on TV while cheering for the opposing team. The NFL believes members of the Patriots were more probably than not had something to do with how horrible the Ravens and Colts are this season and for causing both starting QBs to have serious injuries through bad thoughts. The NFL will be hiring star attorney Ted Wells and pay him 10 Million dollars to make sure this story sticks”.

  27. arzcardinals says:
    Nov 23, 2015 8:51 AM

    That’s amazing!!! As someone who has torn his ACL it’s is a TON of pain!!!!!!!! That’s all footBALLS and heart! Impressed!

    Not always true. My sister just tore her ACL when she was taking her black belt test and her plant leg gave out. She heard a pop and then felt a warm tingly sensation but no pain. She even tried to continue the test.

    This guy tears his ACL and you try to discredit him with your sister? You didn’t even tear one. I too tore my ACL in a football game and it was excruciating not to mention very unstable.

  28. We’ll rally around Matt Schaub and hopefully he can pull off a Matt Cassell lol. Go Ravens!
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    Why do you want Schaub to throw interceptions at crucial points of the game? Are you trying for the 1st pick of the draft?

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