Flacco was injured on a vicious hit by Miami’s Kiko Alonso, and his injuries initially looked and sounded significantly worse. Bear in mind that he’s still in the concussion protocol, so he has not received full clearance yet, but the signals seem to be encouraging for Baltimore.
Joe Flacco suffered a concussion and needed to have his ear stitched up after he was hit in the head by Kiko Alonso Thursday night, but the Miami Dolphins linebacker insists he was not trying to commit a dirty play.
According to Alonso, Flacco was partially responsible for the hit because he went into his slide too late.
Alonso said there was “no way” he could have avoided the type of contact he made, noting that a player’s “target is very small” when he slides. The counter-argument for that would be that there is no target on a sliding player because you’re not supposed to hit him.
Joe Flacco suffered a concussion and needed stitches for his ear after being hit in the head by Kiko Alonso on Thursday night.
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback was nailed by the Miami Dolphins linebacker on a third down scramble late in the second quarter. Flacco’s helmet came off on the hit and his ear was cut. He was taken into the locker room for concussion protocol; it was clear that he had been concussed.
CBS later announced that Flacco indeed suffered a concussion. They also said he had stitches on his ear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.