Yet the signal-caller insists he feels “great.” Hmmm…
For the first time in Joe Flacco’s career, the Ravens endured a losing season, finishing with a 5-11 record. If they don’t want to make it two in a row, they’ll likely need their starting quarterback on the field and healthy.
The good news is Flacco hasn’t missed a snap during training camp and reportedly appears to be moving well after torn ligaments in his left knee ended his 2015 campaign prematurely. However, if there’s any reason to be concerned about his recovery at all, it might be the ninth-year veteran admitting the surgically repaired knee is still bothering him.
“My knee is not 100 percent, but it feels great,” Flacco said, via Jamison Hensley for ESPN.com. “I don’t think about it when I’m out there. It’s not perfect. I can feel it standing here right now a little bit. It’s not totally normal. But, as far as going out there and operating on the field, running around and doing things, I don’t pay attention to it.”
Flacco’s statement appears to be at odds with itself. If the knee is not 100 percent, if it’s not normal even when merely standing to speak to reports, can it really feel great?
Despite participating in a full camp, Flacco skipped the preseason opener and may only see action in one of Baltimore’s four preseason games. Until he plays behind a live pass-rush, it will be hard to gauge how far along his recovery truly is.
That’s not a real encouraging sign for the Ravens. Then again, Baltimore was 3-7 when Flacco was the starter last season, so it’s not like quarterback was the only issue.