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Joe Flacco in concussion protocol after hit from Kiko Alonso (Video)

Joe Flacco hit

Joe Flacco exited Thursday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins after getting crushed in the head by a shot from Kiko Alonso in the second quarter.

Flacco was scrambling on a third-and-ten play in Miami territory. He was getting ready to slide and clearly was giving himself up when Alonso went in flying and nailed the Ravens QB in the head.

Flacco’s helmet came off and he looked woozy immediately. He was taken off the field and into the locker room for concussion examination. The team said he was in concussion protocol.

Batimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh got into it with Alonso after the hit. Alonso was penalized 15 yards for the hit but not ejected.

Ryan Mallett entered the game for Flacco with Baltimore up 13-0.

15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 4

Amari Cooper

Week 4 featured a few surprises — hello Houston! — while some teams continued impressive trends of winning or disappointing trends of losing. You had the Titans get blown out, the Dolphins’ offense fail to produce once again, and four teams slipped to 0-4. Some team units had abysmal performances on Sunday, and some star players had down days.

Here’s a look at the 15 biggest disappointments of Week 4 in the NFL.

Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders

The Oakland Raiders’ offense was anemic for the second week in a row, and Cooper was at the center of the disappointment. Cooper had just two catches for nine yards on eight targets. He dropped a pass in the fourth quarter, giving him an NFL worst seven drops on the season. Then when the Raiders were making a final effort late in the game to try and take the lead, a pass intended for Cooper was intercepted. One could argue he could have done more on the play.

After consecutive 1,000-plus yard seasons to start his career, Cooper has been a total disappointment this season with just 12 catches for 110 yards and one touchdown. That’s the kind of stat line fantasy football players were hoping to see weekly from the receiver!

New England’s defense

The Patriots were hoping that Dont’a Hightower’s return would help stabilize one of the NFL’s worst defenses, but it was not to be as New England once again struggled to stop an opponent at home. Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers entered the game looking like an inferior opponent, having struggled with inconsistency during the season. But they came into Foxboro and posted 444 yards on a comparatively modest 60 plays. New England forced two turnovers, but it wasn’t enough, as they still lost 33-30. There has to be serious concerns about how bad this unit has been all season.

Nick Folk, K, Buccaneers

Let’s give some credit to where it’s due: yes, Nick Folk did make the game-winning kick for the Bucs on Sunday to help them win 25-23. But the game wouldn’t have come down to that kick if Folk hadn’t made so many errors earlier in the game. The 32-year-old missed a 46-yard field goal early in the second quarter, a 49-yard field goal attempt early in the third quarter, and he missed an extra point in the first quarter. That’s seven points he left on the table that he is expected to convert. “It’s probably the worst you can feel after a game-winner,” Folk said of his feelings following the game.

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Joe Flacco after latest loss: I sucked

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco was pretty frank about his poor performance on Sunday in the Baltimore Ravens’ home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Flacco said flat out that he “sucked” in the game.

Flacco went 31 of 49 for 235 with one touchdown and two interceptions in the 26-9 defeat.

The Ravens are now 2-2 after starting off the season 2-0. Flacco hasn’t been stellar statistically, and it can be argued the defense carried the team in both of its wins. The only positive is at least Flacco wasn’t as bad this week as he was last week in London. Maybe the back issue he had in the preseason is still bothering him. He’s now thrown an interception in 10 straight games dating back to last season.

15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 3

Joe Flacco

Week 3 of the NFL season featured some extremely close games, including three awesome finishes to conclude the early slate of action. Despite those fun endings, there were a few blowouts, as well as teams, players and position groups that disappointed … and even referees.

Here’s a look at the 15 biggest disappointments of Week 3 of the NFL season.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

Philip Rivers was just brutal in the first half of the game, and his mistakes put the Chargers in an insurmountable hole. Rivers was intercepted on his team’s first two possessions of the game. The first came on his half of the field, setting up a short field for the Chiefs. The next one was returned 38 yards to the Chargers 34. Kansas City capitalized on both turnovers and cashed them in for touchdowns to go up 14-0. Two possessions later, Rivers was picked off again, giving KC another short field. They turned that into a field goal — 17 points total off turnovers.

As if the interceptions weren’t bad enough — and they were — Rivers also took a bad sack late in the game.

On a 3rd-and-10 from their 43 with 3:43 left down 17-10, Rivers took a sack that forced the Chargers into a 4th and long. Anthony Lynn decided to punt, and that pretty much sealed the game as the defense allowed a 69-yard touchdown.

Referees in Lions-Falcons game

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Joe Flacco returns to practice for Ravens

Joe Flacco

Cutdown day is usually a day full of difficult news across the NFL. The opposite was true for the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday.

Quarterback Joe Flacco returned to practice on Saturday. The team shared video of Flacco stepping onto the practice field:

Flacco has been out since camp opened in July because of a disk issue in his back. All along Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Flacco would be ready for Week 1.

With the longtime Baltimore QB back to practice on Saturday, fans should feel comfortable about seeing their top arm under center next weekend at Cincinnati. That’s a much better feeling than they had watching Ryan Mallett quarterback the offense in Flacco’s absence.

Flacco has played all 16 regular season games in all but one year during his nine-year NFL career.

Joe Flacco resumes throwing, close to practice return

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has not played in the preseason due to a back injury, but it sounds as though he is on track to be ready for Week 1.

On Wednesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced that Flacco has resumed throwing and is close to making a return to practice.

Flacco injured his back in late-July, and the initial timetable for his recovery was three to six weeks. If he returns to practice this week or next week, that would put him right on schedule.

It’s always a concern when a quarterback misses time, but the situation with Flacco is not the same as the one the Indianapolis Colts have with Andrew Luck. Harbaugh has already made a very strong guarantee about Flacco being ready for Week 1, so we can only take his word for it.

Each NFL team’s worst contract

Ndamukong Suh

NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.

With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team.

Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, tight end

The Cardinals put an emphasis on re-signing tight end Jermaine Gresham and as a result, may have drastically over-paid for him. He hasn’t had over 460 yards receiving since 2012, has seen his catch rate hover around 60% in each of the previous two seasons and hasn’t scored more than two touchdowns since 2014. Those are mediocre numbers at best for a player signed to a four-year, $28 million contract with $16.5 million guaranteed.

Atlanta Falcons – Brooks Reed, defensive end

Brooks Reed is not exactly a bad player — he’s a high-motor guy who plays a very defined role. Of course, when the Falcons signed him to a five-year, $22 million deal in 2015 they expected much more. Instead, what they’ve gotten for $9 million guaranteed is 42 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in 28 games.

Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco, quarterback

When the Ravens signed Joe Flacco to a monstrous $120.6 million deal in 2013, many foresaw potential issues looming. However, at the time, Flacco was coming off of a magical postseason run that culminated with a Super Bowl XLVII victory. He had earned his money. But in 2016, facing a massive cap number, Baltimore was forced to extend Flacco with a three-year, $66.4 million deal. Now under contract through 2021, Flacco has cap hits above $24 million beginning next year and throughout the remainder of his deal, large dead cap numbers that render him uncuttable and guarantees that make him untradeable. Arguably, it’s the worst contract in the NFL.

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John Harbaugh: ‘I promise’ Joe Flacco will be ready for Week 1

Joe Flacco

There’s still no sign of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco anywhere near a football field, but coach John Harbaugh is steadfast in his belief that there will be no issue once the regular season starts.

Harbaugh said Saturday after Baltimore’s preseason win over Buffalo that Flacco is definitely going to be ready for the regular season opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 10.

“I’m not going to stand up here and answer that question every single day,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “He will be back for the Bengals game, I promise you that.”

Harbaugh said that Flacco will not practice this week but is “on schedule” to return for the regular season.

The Ravens have made it clear all along that their quarterback will not feature during the preseason, but will play the season opener. At no point have they deviated from that.

Joe Flacco to miss preseason games but expected to start in Week 1

Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco is not expected to play in any preseason games this year, but the Baltimore Ravens expect to have him available in Week 1.

The Ravens shared an injury update on several players Friday, including Flacco. Their starting quarterback has been out with a back injury.

The Ravens say Flacco’s back rehab is going well and that he should return to practice with the team in the preseason, although they’re not expecting him to play in any preseason games. They are not definitively saying yet that he will play in Week 1, but it sounds like the QB will be ready by then.

Without Flacco available, the Ravens have been using Ryan Mallett as their top QB. They don’t have many good in-house options beyond that.

Flacco has been extremely durable during his NFL career. He’s played in all 16 games in eight of his nine seasons.

Ravens owner teases Joe Flacco over injury

Joe Flacco

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti doesn’t appear to be all that concerned about starting quarterback Joe Flacco’s injury.

In an appearance Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bisciotti poked fun at the back issue that has forced Flacco to miss the entirety of training camp so far.

“He looks about as sick as I do when I used to tell my mother I had a cold when I really had a spelling test that day,” joked Bisciotti, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.

Bisciotti did get heat for how he handled things in the wake of Flacco’s injury. But his lighthearted mood seems to suggest that the former Super Bowl MVP’s health is nothing much to worry about, so Flacco should be back soon enough.