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Flacco (illness) is probable for Sunday's game against the Browns, the Ravens' official website reports.

After missing Thursday's practice, Flacco was a full participant both Thursday and Friday. He merely had a cold, and should be back at full strength for Sunday's game.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 3 Days

Flacco (illness) returned to practice Thursday, reports.

Flacco missed practice Wednesday while dealing with a cold, but his return to the field Thursday confirms that he is on track to be good to go Sunday against the Browns.

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Flacco is dealing with a cold that caused him to miss practice Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

While Flacco sat out Wednesday's practice, the report notes that Flacco's cold isn't thought to be serious, so his status for Sunday's game against the Browns does not appear to be in peril.

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Flacco completed 21-of-29 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 26-6 win over the Steelers.

Flacco played far better than the passing yardage indicates, as he primarily attempted short passes, and was accurate on nearly every one of them, making a complete 180 from Week 1. He also only threw the ball 29 times, after going 35-of-62 for 345 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bengals. It seems that Flacco will still be a frustrating player for fantasy owners, as he typically lacks for volume when he plays well. However, the overall results in Gary Kubiak's offense have been solid, and the Ravens have been favoring the quarterback sneak in short-yardage situations, which should eventually lead to a few rushing touchdowns. Flacco actually had one called back Thursday night due to an offsides penalty, after he had come up just short on another sneak the previous play.

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Flacco completed 35-of-62 passes for 345 yards, with a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bengals.

The Ravens fell behind early and threw often, largely because of Flacco's awful play in the first half. He consistently misfired on short and intermediate passes early in the game, and then made a bone-headed mistake before the half that cost the Ravens a chip-shot field goal. Flacco's struggles continued through the middle of the third quarter, when he threw an ugly interception to Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur. Finally, Flacco got things going late in the game, turning a 15-0 deficit into a 16-15 lead, with the go-ahead strike an 80-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith. Though the overall performance was one of the worst of his career from a non-fantasy perspective, Flacco was accurate on the few deep throws he attempted, and he didn't get much help from his receiving corps. The Baltimore offensive line, a major problem last season, played reasonably well until the final drive of the game. Flacco won't have to wait long for a shot at redemption, as the Ravens face the Steelers on Thursday.

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Flacco completed 16-of-23 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins.

The Baltimore offensive line and running game struggled, but Flacco eventually found success by throwing to Torrey and Steve Smith. Even with Ray Rice suspended for two games, and Bernard Pierce possibly dealing with a concussion, Flacco has a much improved supporting cast from last season. While Owen Daniels (leg) has been a disappointment in training camp, Steve Smith has been better than expected, and Dennis Pitta is back at full health. Just as important as the additions at the skill positions, the Ravens overhauled an offensive line that was perhaps the NFL's worst last season. While all the pieces are in place for Flacco to have a bounce-back campaign, it's hard for fantasy owners to get too excited about a veteran quarterback who has never thrown for 4,000 yards or more than 25 touchdowns in a season. Even if he surpasses expectations, Flacco will likely be no more than a high-end backup in most leagues, given the excellent depth at quarterback.

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Flacco completed 4-of-5 passes for 52 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the 49ers, leading the Baltimore offense to a touchdown on his only drive of the game.

Flacco looked good in his brief bit of action, but he was facing a Niner defense largely comprised of backups. More importantly, the Ravens are completely healthy on offense, following a 2013 season that saw Flacco surrounded by some dreadful players. While it's unclear how much impact offseason acquisitions Steve Smith and Owen Daniels will have at this point in their respective careers, Flacco will surely benefit from having a healthy Dennis Pitta, and the offensive line projects to be much improved from last season.

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Ravens OC Gary Kubiak is expected to utilized bootlegs and moving pockets in order to keep Joe Flacco off the turf this season.

Flacco was sacked 48 times last season, so it makes sense Kubiak would make protecting his franchise quarterback a priority. In addition to keeping Flacco on the move, Kubiak will rely on a quick-hitting offense and an on-paper improved offensive line to keep Flacco upright this season. Even if it works, Flacco upside is limited to a low-end QB2 in fantasy.

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New OC Gary Kubiak is installing more quick-hitting passes.

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Ravens LT Eugene Monroe anticipates new OC Gary Kubiak utilizing a run-based offense in 2014.

Kubiak's Houston offenses were at their best with a run foundation, and taking deep shots off play action. "Last year, we were lining up in a lot of one-back stuff, a lot of empty stuff, tossing the ball out there, coming out throwing on first down," Monroe said. "I don't think that's the history with Gary. I think he wants to run the ball a little bit." It's bad news for Joe Flacco's pass-attempt stats, but should improve his efficiency. Flacco has the necessary arm strength to be one of the NFL's top deep-ball throwers. Torrey Smith is one of the NFL's top deep threats.