By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson
9:49 PM EST, December 17, 2013
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco walked to the interview room following the Ravens’ 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions with a slight limp but looking significantly better than he did after he took a helmet to his left knee about midway through the fourth quarter.
“It wasn’t really bothering me once the initial hit,” Flacco said. “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 may need more testing on his left knee, Flacco said, “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.”
A day later, the Ravens still don't appear to be particularly concerned with Flacco's knee. While team officials will monitor the quarterback closely throughout the week, there was no immediate plan for Flacco to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test or any further testing as of Tuesday morning, according to sources.
Flacco is expected to take it easy over the next few days and be fitted for a protective brace, according to a source. The knee injury isn't regarded as anything that would cause him to miss the Ravens' Sunday night game against the New England Patriots.
Flacco has started every game in his NFL career, a streak that reached 107 on Monday night. It’s far too early to speculate on his availability for Sunday’s showdown against the New England Patriots, but nobody around the team voiced any concern that he may miss that game.
“That was tough,” Ravens head coach John 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.”
Flacco was hit in the knee by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy as he delivered a second-down pass to rookie Marlon Brown. The play, which should have been penalized because Levy went low, resulted in minus one yard. Flacco was slow to get up and ultimately needed running back Ray Rice to come lift him up.
The quarterback stayed in the game and threw an incompletion the next play before Justin Tucker’s 53-yard field goal gave the Ravens a 15-10 lead.
Flacco jogged gingerly off the field, where he was met by team doctors. Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor started warming up, but ultimately Flacco went back in the game and led the game-winning drive that ended with Tucker kicking a 61-yard field goal.
Flacco finished the game 20-of-38 for 222 yards, no interceptions and no turnovers. He had a quarterback rating of 70.3.
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