Joe Flacco reportedly underwent surgery for neck injury
Joe Flacco was placed on injured reserve by the Denver Broncos back in November, and the ailment he was dealing with at the time was apparently serious enough that it required a surgical procedure.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Flacco, who was released by the Broncos with a failed physical designation in March, underwent a procedure to repair a disk last month. The 35-year-old is expected to be fully recovered at some point around the start of the 2020 season.
Free-agent QB Joe Flacco, whose 2019 season ended because of a neck injury, underwent a 45-minute disc repair in early April, source said. Timeline to be cleared is late August to mid-September, so right around the start of the season. (@caplannfl first noted the surgery)
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 7, 2020
Flacco played poorly prior to being placed on IR by the Broncos, throwing for just 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games. Denver’s offense looked completely inept with him under center, and Flacco openly ripped the team’s coaching staff after one loss.
Given that he underwent a neck procedure and did not play well last season, Flacco will be looking at a backup job if he’s able to find a team to sign him. There is still at least one far superior quarterback option on the free agent market, though Flacco would be a solid veteran backup if healthy.