FLACCO ON THE LIMP

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Ottawa Sun - - SPORTS -

Bal­ti­more Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco re­port­edly has a hip in­jury. And it might keep him from play­ing next week, and pos­si­bly longer. Flacco, Bal­ti­more's 11th-year starter, suf­fered the in­jury on the open­ing se­ries last Sun­day against Pitts­burgh. TheAth­letic.com was first on Fri­day to re­port the news. Flacco did not miss a play in the loss to the Steel­ers, but ap­peared both­ered by some­thing on the Ravens side­line, es­pe­cially in the first half, when he was seen stretch­ing a lot. NFL Net­work and oth­ers fol­lowed up by re­port­ing that Flacco is un­der­go­ing tests, and was spot­ted in a walk­ing boot late this week. Noted for­mer NFL team physi­cian Dr. David Chao, whose as­sess­ments via video are un­can­nily ac­cu­rate, tweeted that Flacco be­ing spot­ted on crutches “does not project to a post-bye start at QB.” The Ravens have a bye this week and re­turn to ac­tion next Sun­day at home against Cincin­nati. Rookie La­mar Jack­son, the fifth QB drafted in the first round last April (with the 32nd pick), would pre­sum­ably start in place of Flacco. The other passer on the Ravens ros­ter is Robert Grif­fin III, who has yet play in 2018. Flacco, 33, started the sea­son well but now has 12 TD passes against six in­ter­cep­tions, with an 84.2 passer rat­ing that ranks 26th in the league.

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Bal­ti­more quar­ter­back Joe Flacco is deal­ing with a hip in­jury that could keep him out of the lineup when the Ravens re­turn from their bye week.

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