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Joe Flacco says recovery from knee injury going 'really well' after signing new contract

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
The highest-paid player in the NFL again, Joe Flacco says all is well on his recovery from knee surgery.

While discussing a new contract extension Wednesday that makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco gave a positive report on his rehab from a torn ACL and MCL suffered last November.

“I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I feel like it’s going really well,” Flacco said. “I’m coming in here every day, doing what they tell me to do. I think that’s really all I can do at this point.

"I don’t have any real outlook on what the future’s going to bring, but I know that I’m attacking it 100 percent every day and doing the best I can. That’s going to be good enough. I’m going to be back out there, and I’m going to be healthier than ever, stronger than ever.”

Flacco hadn’t missed a start in the first 122 games of his NFL career before he suffered the knee injury late in the team’s win over the St. Louis Rams last year. He had surgery and remained rehabbing around the team as the season wound down. When the season ended, Flacco said he expected he’d be ready for the start of the 2016 campaign.

Coach John Harbaugh said last week at the NFL scouting combine that Flacco was “attacking his knee as well or better than anybody [doctors have] ever seen.”

On Wednesday, when announcing the franchise quarterback’s new deal, Harbaugh said that’s the type of trait that's important for someone they’re investing so much in.

“You see him in here every single day, when you’re faced with this kind of adversity, physically, to see him go to work as hard as anybody’s ever done with this injury, and have a smile on his face and just be excited and happy to be here and be a part of it, it just speaks to how motivated that he is going forward,” Harbaugh said. “I couldn’t be happier as a football coach. It’s just an exciting time for us.”

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