Joe Flacco will have no opportunity to knock off the rust in a game situation before the Baltimore Ravens’ regular-season opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 10.
The Ravens’ franchise quarterback has been sidelined throughout training camp by a back issue, and the team confirmed on Thursday that he will not see any action during the preseason. A re-examination showed that Flacco is making “good” progress in his recovery, and he is expected to practice leading up to the regular season.
Flacco reported the back issue when the full team reported to training camp on July 26, and doctors initially believed he would need about a week of rest. However, he still has not returned to the field and Ryan Mallett started the team’s preseason opener on Thursday.
Flacco has started all 16 regular-season games in all but one of his first nine seasons, but his lingering back issue combined with Mallett’s struggles in practice and on Thursday night has heightened concern about the Ravens’ backup situation. The team has considered signing Colin Kaepernick, but owner Steve Bisciotti is reportedly concerned about the fan backlash from bringing on the controversial free agent.
The Ravens have also lost starting left guard Alex Lewis (shoulder) and receiver-returner Tim White (thumb) for the season. Lewis, who played in 10 games last season, will undergo surgery next week. White is a rookie free agent out Arizona State who scored a touchdown against Washington on Thursday.