Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will not play in any preseason games but is expected to return for the team’s Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Friday.
The Ravens expected Flacco’s back injury to cost him “about a week of practice” at the start of training camp in late July, but said Friday that his “progress from a back issue is good.”
The 32-year-old quarterback is expected to return to practice at some point during the preseason but no exact timetable has been announced.
The Ravens have been decimated by injuries since the start of the team’s offseason workout program, but head coach John Harbaugh continues to have confidence with the players already on Baltimore’s roster.
“I thought he played winning football,” Harbaugh said of second-string quarterback Ryan Mallett following the team’s preseason win over the Washington Redskins. “He played good football, just what we asked him to do.”
Mallett completed nine of 18 passes for 58 yards, but Ravens fans are surely hoping they won’t have to see the seven-year veteran journeyman on the field for the start of the 2017 season.
Flacco is entering his 10th season in Baltimore and completed a career-high 64.9 percent of his passes for 4,317 yards in 2016.