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As first-time backup, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco set to enter new, uncertain phase of his career

As first-time backup, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco set to enter new, uncertain phase of his career

With his 34th birthday fast approaching and 163 NFL starts behind him, Joe Flacco has faced almost every dip, rise and curve professional football can throw at a man.

For more than a decade, he’s held the job thousands of athletes pursue and few ever attain — unquestioned leader of an NFL offense. He’s seen countless Baltimoreans wear his name and No. 5 on their backs. He’s appeared in ubiquitous television commercials as the face and voice of a Super Bowl-winning franchise.

On Sunday, however, Flacco will do something he’s never done in his 11 seasons with the Ravens; he’ll show up to M&T Bank Stadium eager and fit to play quarterback only to remain on the sideline as...

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