OWINGS MILLS - Two days after Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hurt his left knee against the Detroit Lions, Flacco walked with a slight limp after practice Wednesday. It was slight enough, though, that it probably wouldn't have even been noticeable to someone that wasn't looking for it.
Flacco has a mild MCL sprain in that left knee, according to ESPN, but coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that he anticipates Flacco being able to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Flacco practiced Wednesday, albeit on a limited basis.
"It was pretty stiff. It's feeling better, though, today," Flacco said Wednesday. "It looks like it's getting better and better. Hopefully some of the swelling will go down and stuff like that.
"But it's getting better, and that's a good sign."
The injury could have been a lot worse based on the way Flacco was hit.
It happened during the fourth quarter Monday. Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy hit Flacco around the knee just as Flacco released a pass. Flacco's knee buckled, and he immediately fell to the ground and grabbed his knee.
"It was a little scary," Flacco said. "It's always scary when you get hit in the knee. I've never really had a severe knee injury or anything, so you don't know what is what, so when you feel something you definitely get a little bit scared."
Harbaugh said he winced Monday night at Ford Field when he saw the replay of the hit and then again when he saw the hit on film Wednesday morning.
"I remember a few shots that he's taken [to the] lower body and to the knee. I don't think I remember him taking one that bad, though," Harbaugh said.
But Flacco said he was at ease as soon as he got up and put pressure on the leg, and he never missed a play.
He did wear a knee brace on Wednesday, though, and he said that he plans to wear the brace on Sunday for precautionary reasons.
"Hopefully it will prevent anything really crazy from happening if I happen to get hit on it again," Flacco said.
Flacco has yet to miss a game during his NFL career. His 107 straight starts, including the playoffs, are the most consecutive starts to begin a career by any quarterback in NFL history.
"I'm definitely very proud of that," Flacco said. "At some point it may happen that I can't go out there and start a football game, but we're going to try to hold that off for awhile."