Ravens confirm Joe Flacco tore both ACL and MCL

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After Sunday’s win over the Rams, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that quarterback played the final three plays of the game after tearing his ACL and added that Flacco likely tore his MCL as well.

On Monday, Harbaugh confirmed that both ligaments have been torn and that he’ll have surgery once swelling has gone down in the knee. That doesn’t change the short-term outlook for Flacco as his season was over whether the MCL was torn or not, but it could make for a more difficult rehab as Flacco prepares for the 2016 season.

Harbaugh said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, that he hopes Flacco will be ready for the start of training camp, although he acknowledges that it is “way early” to make any guesses on that front.

For now, Harbaugh will have to focus on getting Matt Schaub ready to start. It’s the first time anyone other than Flacco will start for a Harbaugh-coached Ravens team.

“It’s been a great blessing,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know how many coaches have had that kind of run with a quarterback. He’s been an iron man.”

Harbaugh also discussed the need to add a backup for Schaub. He said the team has made progress on that front and that they wouldn’t hold tryouts because they felt comfortable with what they know about the available options. One possibility could be Jimmy Clausen, who was waived by the Bears on Monday and played for Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman in Chicago last season. The team could also bring back Bryn Renner, who spent time with the team in the preseason.

53 responses to “Ravens confirm Joe Flacco tore both ACL and MCL

  1. If there’s a silver lining… he was never very mobile to begin with. If Carson Palmer can come back and play at a high level, nothing says Flacco can’t.

    Plus it’s not like the Ravens were going anywhere this season anyway.

  2. I guess Jeff Fisher has decided that since he can’t find another QB since Steve, guess he’ll just injure them all! Can’t lose if the league has no QBs left.

  3. Given the level of durability that Flacco has displayed I’m guessing he will recover quickly.

    I’m not an orthopedic surgeon but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  4. With the injury this late in the season it probably means he can play next year but the knee won’t be 100%. A lot of times its not till the 2nd season after an injury like this a player has his full strength back.

    The surgery and technology is so advanced these days as is the rehab for injuries like this that you can certainly fully recover if you work hard with rehabbing it.

  5. bassplucker says:
    Nov 23, 2015 4:51 PM
    If there’s a silver lining… he was never very mobile to begin with. If Carson Palmer can come back and play at a high level, nothing says Flacco can’t.

    Plus it’s not like the Ravens were going anywhere this season anyway.


    Comparing Palmers mobility or lack of to Flacco who is actually rather mobile, is silly.

    Is he russell wilson or newton? No but he isn’t a statue either.

  6. Whoa. I hope I’m wrong, but that sounds career-ending. Both ligaments. Damn.

    Flacco’s a tough MF, and this Bears fan is hoping he’s able to bounce back in 2016 ala Carson Palmer.

  7. “The ravens fans that keep blaming St Louis shows the level of ravens fans intelligence”


    I’m a Ravens fan, was at the game, and none of my fellow fans then or after the game blame the Rams at all. It was clear that a Ravens offensive lineman rolled into Flacco’s left leg. Stuff happens and so do injuries in the NFL. Joe had a great 122 game run.

    That said, one injury at that game was inexcusable.

    Rams fans should be complaining more about why their coaches, medical staff, and NFL independent spotters didn’t pull Case Keenum from the game when he was clearly concussed. One of his own lineman picked him up like a rag doll. His fumble directly led to the Ravens kicking the winning field goal.

    Once again, the NFL talks the talk, but refuses to walk it.

  8. logicalvoicepft says:
    Nov 23, 2015 4:48 PM
    Thank god im a redskins fan.


    Yes thank God cause I would not want you representing my team.

  9. .
    One QB playing on a totally shot knee. The other needing a standing eight count. However, the NFL wants you to know how much they care about player safety..

  10. Flacco’s a classy, hard-working guy. I wish him well in his rehab. And no, I’m not a Ravens fan.

  11. the answer we all need to know is whether he will still be able to throw his patented jump ball upon his return.

  12. Said this last night but I’ll say it again. Good luck to Flacco. He seems like a good guy and I truly hope he makes a full recovery. Both ligaments is tough but he’ll have the best care available. Welker tore his ACL the last game of the year and he was starting Opening Day the next year.

  13. 6xsteelers says:
    Nov 23, 2015 6:57 PM
    Ben would have played through…
    Steelers > Ravens

    If you are a real Steelers fan, why would you even throw bait out like that knowing how the public feels about Ben and his injuries?

  14. FlintBeastwood says:
    Nov 23, 2015 5:24 PM
    Rivers did this too, albeit in the AFCCG, but none the less you always gotta tip your hat to a guy that doesnt quit regardless of the situation.

    He handed the ball off and then spiked the ball. If tucker missed that kick, Flacco does not play in OT.

  15. No Ravens fan believes this was intentional. If you do you didn’t actually watch the game. Don’t blame us for that nonsense Rams fans, we usually attract a lot of Steeler and Patriot trolls on these stories. Sometimes Bengals trolls too but since they lost all four of their fans are in hiding.

  16. bdc4411 says:
    Nov 23, 2015 5:03 PM
    He’ll be back tossing ducks to draw pass interference flags in no time.

    I think Joe should apologize to your fanbase and give back his superbowl MVP because Torrey Smith was faster than your corners. These comments always make me laugh. You do realize that DB’s get flaggged for PI when they get beat and dont want to give up touchdowns right..

  17. I do not know the circumstances of this but tyrod should have been kept(unless he made it clear he wanted to leave of course). We now have our own turnover machine in matt schaub. Opposing defenses are going to get plenty of practice at doing the pick-6 dance now.

  18. Losing Joe was the straw that broke the camels back. The icing on the cake to a horrible year plagued with injuries. This has been a nightmare to endure, but in the end I can only look back at the years 1984 to 1995 when we had no football in Baltimore. The Ravens have 2 Super Bowl Championships in less than 20 years and have been perennial post season contenders. I’ll take the good and bad. Get well Joe and all the other guys hurting right now.

    Next man up!

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