Broncos QB Joe Flacco Could Miss “Significant Time” With Neck Injury


Broncos HC Vic Fangio announced on Monday that QB Joe Flacco will not play this week against the Browns with a neck injury, per Ryan O’Halloran.

  • Backup QB Brandon Allen will start in Flacco’s place, according to Nicki Jhabvala.
  • Jhabvala adds that Flacco is specifically dealing with a herniated disc in his neck. 
  • Ian Rapoport reports that Flacco’s injury could cause him to miss significant time, meaning Allen could make multiple starts for Denver.
  • Fangio says injured reserve is a possibility for Flacco, but not immediately, per Mike Klis.
  • Klis adds the Broncos will make a decision between rookies Brett Rypien or Drew Lock, currently on injured reserve, as the new backup quarterback later this week. 

Flacco, 34, is a former first-round pick of the Ravens back in 2008. The Broncos agreed to trade a 2019 fourth-round pick to the Ravens for Flacco this past March. 

Flacco is currently in the third year of a six-year, $125 million contract that contained $44 million guaranteed and set to make base salaries of $18.5 million (2019), $20.25 (2020) million, $24.25 million (2021) over the remainder of the contract.

In 2019, Flacco has appeared in eight games and completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 1,822 yards to go along with six touchdowns and five interceptions for the Ravens. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 21 quarterback out of 34 qualifying players.

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