The Lede: Flacco Dealing with Back Issues

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Joe Flacco to Miss First Week of Training Camp

Remember everything I said yesterday about how the Ravens’ season wasn’t over as a result of losing Kenneth Dixon? Well, the injury bug just keeps on biting in Baltimore, and the latest mouthful consumed all of the team’s right arm: recent reports suggest QB Joe Flacco will miss at least the first week of training camp with a back issue.

Missing the first week of camp is actually the best-case scenario for the 32-year-old. There are whispers the disc injury could keep him sidelined for up to six weeks. The Ravens sound confident Flacco will be ready for their season-opener at Cincinnati. But take their proclamations to the media with a grain of salt.

With only two other QBs on the roster (Ryan Mallett and Dustin Vaughan), Baltimore is considering bringing in another arm. The name that has been floated, for obvious reasons, is Colin Kaepernick. The former 49er played for John Harbaugh’s brother in San Francisco (and against him in Super Bowl XLVII), and also has ties to Ravens assistant Greg Roman, who served as his offensive coordinator for the first four years of his career. There’s no doubt Kaepernick would be an upgrade over their current arms.

I know we all like to poke fun at Flacco once in a while and vehemently refute the claims of him being an elite QB, but the truth is, he’s a reliable pivot with the ability to win you a game every so often. And his value skyrockets when your next man up is Ryan Mallett. If this disc injury lingers, the Ravens can kiss their season goodbye.