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Harbaugh: Flacco’s Ankle “Not Major”

Baltimore’s second-year passer is not worried about his ankle injury, either.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Joe Flacco was not worried about an ankle injury that he aggravated in the Ravens’ 20-17 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Flacco had been dealing with it quietly for a few weeks, and he was noticeably limping during much of the second half.  The second-year passer had his ankle heavily taped midway through the game.

“I kind of re-rolled it in the beginning of the second half,” Flacco said.  “I just put some tape on it. It felt good the rest of the time.”

The Steelers got after Flacco to the tune of five sacks (28 yards) and eight quarterback hits. 

Whether the injury is affecting Flacco’s throws – as there were flashes of inaccuracy in his 23-of-35, 289-yard and one-touchdown performance – is unclear.

“I don’t know if there is a way to quantify [the effects],” said head coach John Harbaugh when asked about Flacco.  “I think Joe has done a heck of a job of fighting through a little bit of an ankle. It’s not a major injury, but I’m sure it’s bothersome for a quarterback, you know, to have that foot a little bit sore.”

Still, Flacco stood tall in the pocket as the night progressed.

“Joe is a courageous guy, and you see him standing in there and throwing in the face of some pressure sometimes, and taking some hits,” Harbaugh noted.  “He’s not shy about that, and that speaks to what kind of player he is.”

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