Flacco wearing brace, but at practice Wednesday

Flacco wearing brace, but at practice Wednesday
December 18, 2013, 6:30 pm

Some people taking fantasy football a bit too seriously

Joe Flacco plans to play Sunday against the Patriots wearing a brace over the left knee he injured Monday night. Flacco wore the brace during Wednesday’s practice, in which he participated on a limited basis. He believes the brace might protect him from further injury.

“Uncomfortable a little bit,” Flacco said of the brace.  “If it protects it, it’s all good with me. Hopefully it will prevent anything really crazy from happening if I happen to get hit on it again.”

The injury occurred when Flacco took a hit just below the left knee from DeAndre Levy of the Lions, after Levy was knocked off balance while by Ravens guard A. Q. Shipley.  Flacco’s leg bent awkwardly after the hit, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he spoke with the NFL office about Levy making contact with Flacco below the knee. No penalty was called on the play.

“I winced when I saw it on the board up there,” Harbaugh said. “I tried to talk to the referee about it, explain to him what happened. I wasn’t sure he saw it. He didn’t tell me if he winced or not.

“Then I winced when I saw it on tape again this morning.  It’s a pretty tough hit. I got an explanation on the field, I got a different one from the league office this morning. They’re going to send it up for discipline. We’ll just have to see.”

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Flacco said any fear that the injury might be serious quickly subsided.

“It was a little scary,” Flacco said. “I felt something obviously when I got hit down there. Ray (Rice) came over and wanted me to get up, but he really didn’t help me. I wasn’t really ready to get up yet. I didn’t want to get up, test it out, and have myself collapse to the ground and look like an idiot.

“It’s always scary when you get hit in the knee. I’ve never really had a severe knee injury or anything, so you don’t know what is what.  My mind was at ease as soon as I got up.”

Flacco said he would definitely wear the brace Sunday. He threw passes to Dennis Pitta during the early portion of practice showing no discomfort.

“I don’t know if it will be a necessity or not, but I’m going to wear it,” Flacco said. “There’s no reason not to. 

“It’s feeling better today. It looks like it’s getting better and better. Waiting for some of the swelling to go down. That’s a good sign.”

Flacco has never missed a start in six seasons, and wants that streak to last much longer.

“Very proud of that.” Flacco said. “Listen, at some point it may happen that I can’t go out there and start a football game. We’re going to try to hold that off for awhile.”