Flacco suffered mild MCL sprain during Lions clash.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will play with a knee brace against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
The 28-year-old was hit on the knee by the helmet of Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy during their meeting on Monday night, and an MRI scan has since revealed a mild MCL sprain according to league sources.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP didn’t have a noticeable limp when walking to the practice field and locker room on Wednesday, but he was wearing the brace and will wear it again for the Patriots game.
“It was uncomfortable a little bit,” Flacco said of the brace, as reported by ESPN. “If it protects it, it’s all good for me.”
Flacco conceded that his knee did feel stiff and it will require rest, but fortunately for the Ravens star he will not need surgery in the off-season to help it recover.
Nevertheless, he was left upset after the hit as it didn’t draw a flag despite falling under the “Brady Rule”, with coach John Harbaugh also insisting that it was perhaps the worst hit he has seen his player take to his lower body.
Flacco has never missed a game in his six-year career and his 94 straight starts is the third-longest current streak among starting quarterbacks behind Eli Manning (149) and Philip Rivers (126).
He isn’t expected to be at risk of missing the clash with New England, as the Ravens (8-6) look to make it five consecutive wins and continue to push the Cincinnati Bengals at the top of the AFC North.
The Bengals (9-5) currently lead the way and host the Minnesota Vikings this weekend.