Flacco waits for heal­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BASEBALL/NFL -

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In­stead of play­ing foot­ball, Joe Flacco is play­ing the wait­ing game while his back heals.

The Bal­ti­more Ravens quar­ter­back missed the first two days of train­ing camp, and there’s no telling when he will suit up.

Coach John Har­baugh said it might be a week, and Flacco agreed af­ter his team­mates walked off the field Fri­day.

“That’s what we’re all hop­ing for,” said Flacco, now in his 10th NFL sea­son. “I want to be out there as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Backup Ryan Mal­lett (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) ran the first team, and the Ravens signed quar­ter­back David Ol­son on Fri­day.

Ol­son played un­der Har­baugh’s brother, Jim, at Stan­ford. He trans­ferred to Clem­son for his se­nior sea­son and most re­cently played in the Cham­pi­ons In­door Foot­ball League.

“We had to have an­other quar­ter­back to get through prac­tice and get through reps,” John Har­baugh said.

Har­baugh brought up the pos­si­bil­ity of sign­ing free agent Colin Kaeper­nick on Thurs­day. Whether that hap­pens might de­pend on Flacco’s sta­tus.

“It has to do with our need,” the coach said. “Joe’s day-to-day. Do we re­ally have to make that move or not? That’s the de­ci­sion that re­ally has to be made.”

Flacco in­sists his time on the side­line will be lim­ited.

“I feel great. I can hon­estly say that,” he said. “It’s so early in camp that it’s kind of use­less to push through and maybe hurt your­self even more.”

AP/PA­TRICK SEMANSKY

Bal­ti­more Ravens quar­ter­back

Joe Flacco, who is en­ter­ing his 10th sea­son, is out with a back in­jury and un­cer­tain as to when he will re­turn. Ryan Mal­lett (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) has been work­ing with the first team. The Ravens also signed David Ol­son on Fri­day.

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