Joe Flacco will again play with brace on knee

Joe Flacco will again play with brace on knee
December 24, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Harbaugh on Flacco: 'He's definitely not 100 percent'

Quarterback Joe Flacco said his injured left knee (sprained MCL) is doing well but he'll be wearing a brace on it once more in Sunday's big game at Cincinnati.

"It feels better," Flacco said after practice Tuesday. "It felt really good on game day, a little sore yesterday and today, but it feels a lot better."

Flacco hurt the knee late in the 18-16 victory over the Lions last Monday night and struggled in Sunday's 41-7 loss to the Patriots. He completed 22 of 38 passes for 260 yards and two interceptions in that game, appearing to having some trouble moving at times. He insisted after Sunday's contest that his knee didn't affect how he played, not wanting to make excuses. 

But even coach John Harbaugh agreed that Flacco wasn't at top form in that game.

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"He’s definitely not 100 percent on that knee," Harbaugh said at Monday's press conference. "But to say how much or to what degree is just impossible to say. I think he fought through it, he gutted it out, he battled, and that’s what you do this time of year. And that’s what makes Joe who he is. He’s a tough, hard-nosed competitor. So, we appreciate that about him."

So Flacco will take the field Sunday at Cincinnati wearing a brace once more. He said it's really the best situation for him at this time. 

And he'll be just fine doing it. 

"I really just want to make sure I can be as safe as I can moving forward so nothing crazy happens," Flacco said. "I'm pretty comfortable with it. It's not ideal, but it is what it is."