The Baltimore Ravens were able to escape last night’s game against the Detroit Lions with a win on another amazing game-winning field goal by Justin Tucker, who continues to produce wonders. They were also able to escape without a significant injury to franchise quarterback Joe Flacco, who went down hard in the fourth quarter after absorbing a nasty-looking hit to his left knee from Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy. Flacco was able to stay in for the rest of the game, and that was the first indication that nothing was amiss despite the scary-looking play.
Now, ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Flacco’s knee injury isn’t serious and that he won’t even need an MRI today following the game. This confirms that Flacco dodged a significant injury, which is obviously terrific news for both him and the Ravens. They are still locked in a huge battle with the Miami Dolphins for the AFC East’s final playoff bid, but following in the Dolphins footsteps and beating the New England Patriots this week would do wonders for a Ravens team that is finally starting to hit its stride.
Dennis Pitta’s return has made quite the impact on Joe Flacco, but that was to be expected. With a fully legitimate possession receiver in tote in the versatile Pitta, Flacco should turn in better performances. He had a bad game overall against the Minnesota Vikings but made plays when they were needed, and Flacco and the Ravens were also able to scrounge out a win yesterday. His yards per attempt numbers need to go up, but I think he’ll end up being solid the rest of the way.