Joe Flacco Practicing, But Wearing Knee Brace

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Joe Platania

OWINGS MILLS -- For a second straight indoor practice, quarterback Joe Flacco reported to the field and was present during the 20-minute media-viewing period Dec. 19.

Flacco appeared relaxed, smiling and joking with the media, stating at one point, "You guys are probably here three minutes too long."

Flacco was listed as having been limited during the week's first practice Dec. 18, not an unusual step for a durable, sixth-year quarterback who, for the first time at this level, will likely wear a knee brace during a game.

Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy hit Flacco's left knee during a Week 15 game at Ford Field.

The sweats-and-shells session was held about two hours earlier than the week's first workout, as the team is being allowed a bit more downtime on the late end of the day to get rested for the showdown with the New England Patriots Dec. 22.

Once again, the Ravens are fortunate to be as healthy as they are this late in the season.

Two of the four players that did not practice during the first session, running back Ray Rice (thigh) and tight end Dallas Clark (illness), were on the field for the second workout, though it was not immediately clear how high their participation level was.

With 505 career catches, Clark needs one more for sole possession of eighth place on the all-time tight end list, breaking a tie with Frank Wycheck, who went to the University of Maryland.

Two other players that didn't practice as the week began, cornerback Asa Jackson (hamstring) and linebacker/special teamer Albert McClellan (neck), were not seen on the field for the second workout.

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MEDIA NOMINEES: The annual media voting for the Ravens' 11th-annual Most Valuable Player and Good Guy Award winners has begun.

Voting is carried out by media members who cover the team on a regular basis. Balloting will conclude Dec. 23 and the winners will be announced later that week.

The MVP nominees are Flacco, Justin Tucker, Torrey Smith, Daryl Smith and Jimmy Smith.

The Good Guy nominees are Flacco, James Ihedigbo, Chris Canty, Ed Dickson and Torrey Smith.

Here is a list of the previous winners of the two awards. The Team MVP for each year is listed first, followed by the Good Guy honoree.

2003 -- Jamal Lewis, Gary Baxter
2004 -- Ed Reed, Anthony Weaver
2005 -- Adalius Thomas, Jamal Lewis
2006 -- Steve McNair, Bart Scott
2007 -- Willis McGahee, Derrick Mason
2008 -- Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs 
2009 -- Ray Rice, Jarret Johnson 
2010 -- Haloti Ngata, Chris Carr
2011 -- Ray Rice, Bernard Pollard
2012 -- Ray Rice, Arthur Jones

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JOEY P'S TRIVIA TIME: Today's question:

Before the Ravens won last year's prime-time meeting with New England, the Patriots had beaten Baltimore during each of their first six regular-season meetings.

What other team accomplished that same feat: the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars or Miami Dolphins?

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's column.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Flacco described what happened on the Ford Field turf after Levy hit him.

"… I felt something, obviously, when I got hit down there," Flacco said. "Then, Ray [Rice] came over and wanted me to get up, but he didn't really help me.

"I wasn't really ready to get up yet, because I didn't want to get up and test it out and have myself collapse to the ground and look like an idiot."

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JOEY P'S TRIVIA TIME ANSWER: Here's the question we asked earlier in this column:

Before the Ravens won last year's prime-time meeting with New England, the Patriots had beaten Baltimore during each of their first six regular-season meetings.

What other team accomplished that same feat: the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars or Miami Dolphins?

ANSWER:  

Because the Ravens had moved from Cleveland with a roster that was too old in some spots and too young in others, the team's early years featured frequent losses to some of the game's marquee franchises.

During four meetings between 1997 and 2003, the Dolphins were undefeated against the Ravens, capped off by a 9-6 overtime game, during which Ravens running back Jamal Lewis' fumble set up the winning field goal.

Pittsburgh won six of its first seven games against the Ravens, with the only blemish being a 31-17 Baltimore win in rain-soaked Memorial Stadium Dec. 1, 1996, the team's second lifetime meeting.

Although the Dolphins and Steelers came close to being the answer to our question, the correct choice would be the Jaguars.

In fact, Jacksonville's series-opening streak against the Ravens was two better than New England's. The Jaguars won their first eight games against Baltimore before the Ravens rallied for a 39-36 win during the 2000 home opener.

Joe Platania is in his 20th season covering professional football.

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