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John Harbaugh on one of Joe Flacco's best games, trade deadline, Matt Elam suspension

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Ravens notes on one of Joe Flacco's best games ever, the trade deadline, and Matt Elam's drug suspension.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco “had one of his best games” that coach John Harbaugh has seen Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, with touchdowns on the ground and through the air, a 67.5 percent completion rate, and 319 passing yards in the 29-26 win over the San Diego Chargers.

“He carried us in so many ways,” Harbaugh said. “Guys made plays, absolutely. Kamar Aiken came up with some big plays, I thought Justin [Forsett] had some big runs in there, Buck Allen had a catch and a run, a big third-down conversion. Guys made plays, but Joe was the guy that made it happen.”

Flacco lost top receiver Steve Smith Sr. to a torn Achilles in the third quarter, and was taking snaps from backup center John Urschel late in the game, but had just two incompletions in the fourth quarter in leading the Ravens on two late scoring drives to win the game.

“He made throws when he had to in the clutch at the end,” Harbaugh said. “He scrambled and made plays when people weren’t open. There were plenty of times when the protection was really good and nobody was open. Joe moved out of the pocket, and our guys did a good job getting open in the scramble drill. To me, Joe carried the thing. He made it happen. That’s what you hope Joe will do for you, and he did it.”

Little expected at deadline

Despite an early flurry of trades in the NFL, one in which the Ravens acquired wide receiver Chris Givens and cornerback Will Davis, Harbaugh doesn’t expect much action around the league’s Nov. 3 trade deadline.

“There’s always a lot of talk, and a lot of nothing happens,” he said. “I’m interested if somebody calls [in] how we could get better, but usually, nothing comes of it.”

Elam owned up to drug violation

Third-year safety Matt Elam’s one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy stemmed from an incident over 18 months ago, Harbaugh said, and stemmed from “a situation that he got involved in down there in Florida.”

Otherwise, he did not provide any details, other than commending Elam for reporting the incident himself.

“What I do know is he brought that to the league’s attention through the Ravens, and went to the league and let them know that,” Harbaugh said. “This was the result of doing that. But I give him credit for stepping up and talking about the situation, whatever it was, and taking responsibility for it.”

Elam, the team’s 2013 first-round draft pick, is on injured reserve after tearing his biceps in training camp, and the suspension cost him one game check. Players on injured reserve are paid while they are out.

End zones

Harbaugh admitted he “might have gotten a little greedy” in challenging the third-quarter incompletion to tight end Crockett Gillmore, but still feels like it was a catch. … M&T Bank Stadium was a “great scene” Sunday, Harbaugh said. “We didn’t do everything perfect, and even with our record being the way it was, there was really no negativity heard that I heard from our crowd, which it wouldn’t have been surprising if there had been. Our fans care.”

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