Joe Flacco says he will not need knee surgery in offseason

Joe Flacco says he will not need knee surgery in offseason
December 30, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Joe Flacco confirmed after Sunday’s game that he would not need offseason surgery on his injured left knee. After suffering a sprained MCL against the Vikings, Flacco wore a knee brace the last two games. The Ravens lost both, and Flacco was intercepted five times.

“I’m not going to get anything done,” Flacco said, as far as having surgery. “It was just my MCL and it will heal on it’s own.”

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Flacco’s body will need time to heal, after being sacked a career-high 48 times. Only Ryan Tannehill of the Dolphins (58 sacks) was sacked more. While he is healing, Flacco can also expect criticism for throwing 22 interceptions, the most of his career. That equaled Carson Palmer of the Cardinals for second most in the NFL, behind Eli Manning who threw 27 interceptions.

No matter how bad the offensive line was, Flacco must cut down on turnovers. Of the 12 starting quarterbacks that made the playoffs, Andy Dalton of the Bengals (20 interception) is the only one who threw more than 15 picks.

The Ravens need to give Flacco more help. But Flacco must also raise his game for the Ravens to return to the playoffs.