Joe Flacco expected to miss 5-6 weeks, getting second opinion

AP

The Broncos are going to be without quarterback Joe Flacco for several more weeks, and he’s getting checked to see how many.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Flacco is getting a second opinion from Dr. Jack Kelley today on the herniated disc in his neck.

The Broncos have already announced that Brandon Allen will make his first start this week and that Flacco is out, but the early expectation is that the veteran quarterback could miss five to six weeks.

Coach Vic Fangio said yesterday Flacco doesn’t need surgery, and it isn’t considered career-threatening.

But the 2-6 Broncos have to decide if it’s worth keeping a roster spot open for Flacco in the short term. They’re expected to promote Brett Rypien from the practice squad this week so Allen will have a backup.

36 responses to “Joe Flacco expected to miss 5-6 weeks, getting second opinion

  1. Broncos will trade for CJ Beathard today. Niners will get that 4th round pick back. Rich Scangarello is the Broncos offensive coordinator and he was CJ’s QB coach the last few years in SF. Just watch, this one goes down.

  2. Flacco got yoked on that last play of the game. Completely blindsided from behind by the Broncos defender and you saw his head snap. I’m not surprised he is injured.

  3. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why the Broncos wouldn’t release Flacco with an injury designation. Their season is going nowhere fast; they have a chance to see their young QBs in real games, and this can help them to make an informed decision on how to move forward.

  4. Knowing Elway, they will probably keep a roster spot open for him. They don’t wanna see Lock this year. Which is why they aren’t gonna start his clock off the IR until after the bye week. Yet again, more questionable QB handling(s).

  5. Flacco is just entering his prime according to Elway lol I bet he signs Eli or a Ryan Fitzpatrick type of qb next year still thinking their elite. Elway reminds me of the great Al Davis and the thinking he always had was were not rebuilding we just sign former pro bowlers draft athletes not the position players you really need. It might get you a playoff appearance but it will hurt a franchise for years if you think that way rebuilding is what’s necessary sometimes. I’m glad Gruden and Mayock rebuilding us unlike the broncos and Elway were only gonna get better.

  6. “I can’t, for the life of me, understand why the Broncos wouldn’t release Flacco with an injury designation.”
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    His contract has $44 million fully guaranteed and injury guarantees of $62 million. Releasing him would mean still paying him. They’re effectively tied to him for the next couple seasons.

  7. I don’t root for injuries. However, as a Broncos fan, this is a great development because it will force Elway to play Drew Lock. Barring Lock being a superstar and winning games, the Broncos are going to have a top 10 draft pick and need to see if Lock is worth developing. If he is, great, then that pick can go to a pass rusher or OL. If not, then a QB will need to be drafted.

  8. All you posters saying Flacco can be released or “retire due to injury” need to brush up on his contract. Spotrac is your friend!

    As someone else said, he has $44MM guaranteed over three years. After this season, he would count for $13.6MM as dead cap money. After 2020, he’d count for just over $10MM in dead money. In other words, they’re tied to him until 2021.

    Nice move, Horseface Elway!

  9. “Flacco got yoked on that last play of the game. Completely blindsided from behind by the Broncos defender…”

    Unhhhh, What was a Broncos defender doing on the field while the Broncos were on offense? Furthermore, why was a Broncos defender trying to sack his own qb?

  10. mogogo1 says:
    October 29, 2019 at 11:06 am

    His contract has $44 million fully guaranteed and injury guarantees of $62 million. Releasing him would mean still paying him. They’re effectively tied to him for the next couple seasons.
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    Not true. You’re looking at the contract he signed with the Ravens years ago. Broncos can cut him next year and he’s owed nothing, because his salary for those years was never guaranteed. The dead money hit would depend on whether he is designated a pre or post June 1, 2020 cut. And whatever money they roll over from the cap savings created this year when Broncos converted $17M of his 2019 salary into a bonus would offset most if not all of that dead money. Broncos can walk away from Joe anytime.

    Check the numbers at Over The Cap (OTC) https://overthecap.com/player/joe-flacco/1383/

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