Joe Flacco QB BAL 7 Months

Speaking Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh conceded Joe Flacco (knee) "definitely isn't 100 percent," and is dealing with swelling.

Flacco was severely limited in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, struggling to plant on his injured left leg, failing to drive throws as a consequence. It resulted in a pick and two missed deep connections with Torrey Smith. Flacco will be in for a long afternoon in this week's must-win game in Cincinnati.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 7 Months

Joe Flacco completed 22-of-38 passes for 260 yards, zero passing touchdowns and two interceptions in Baltimore's 41-7, Week 16 loss to the Patriots, adding a rushing score.

Flacco was as bad as the box score would indicate, and appeared to be majorly inhibited by his bum left knee. Flacco wasn't stepping into his throws, which directly resulted in his first pick and a botched deep ball to Torrey Smith that could have gone for a long score. Flacco's second pick was a horrendous throw to Dennis Pitta on a simple sideline route. The low point came when Flacco failed to plant his left leg, tripping himself up for a sack. The Ravens aren't going to have a prayer next week in Cincinnati if Flacco doesn't majorly up his game.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 7 Months

Joe Flacco (knee) and Ray Rice (thigh) are active for Week 16 against the Patriots.

Flacco is wearing a bulky brace, which figures to limit his mobility. The Ravens may try to focus on the short-passing game more than usual. That would bode well for Dennis Pitta. Inactive for the Ravens are CB Asa Jackson, S Omar Brown, ILB Albert McClellan, C Ryan Jensen, WR Deonte Thompson, TE Dallas Clark and DT Brandon Williams.

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ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Joe Flacco (knee) is dealing with some "pain and soreness" in his left knee but is fully expected to start against the Patriots.

Flacco isn't going to miss this start with the Ravens controlling their own destiny. His "mildly" sprained MCL will test his pain tolerance for sure, but Flacco will wear a brace and gut it out. Fantasy-wise, Flacco is merely a low-end QB2. Torrey Smith is a mid-range WR2, and Dennis Pitta is a back-end TE1.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 7 Months

Profootballtalk reports Joe Flacco (knee, questionable) "feels strongly" about his chances of playing Sunday against the Patriots.

Flacco has a "mild" MCL sprain and practiced on a limited basis this week. Barring a setback on Saturday, he'll be cleared to to start despite being listed as questionable. Flacco is just a low-end QB2 for the fantasy finals.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 7 Months

Joe Flacco (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 16.

Despite the "Q" tag, Flacco practiced in some fashion every day this week and will start Sunday's game against New England. He'll be a lower-end QB2.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 7 Months

Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed no concerns about Joe Flacco's mild MCL sprain following Friday's practice.

Flacco participated in practice in some fashion every day this week, and is in no danger of missing Sunday's critical tilt with New England. "He looked good," Harbaugh said of Flacco. "He looked pretty much the same all week. He got through all the practices, took his reps. He did well."

Joe Flacco QB BAL 7 Months

Joe Flacco ("mild" MCL sprain) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Flacco is going to suit up against the Patriots, but could have some mobility issues. As he is most weeks, Flacco is a low-end QB2 for the fantasy finals.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 7 Months

Joe Flacco did wind up undergoing an MRI on his knee, which revealed a "mild" MCL sprain.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Flacco will wear a brace on the knee when he starts against New England, as expected. Flacco practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, confirming he's on track to play. Flacco has been a fantasy QB2 throughout the season. That will not change in fantasy championship week.

Joe Flacco QB BAL 7 Months

Joe Flacco (knee) is practicing Wednesday.

Flacco didn't require an MRI for his knee scare on Monday night and wasn't limited during individual drills at practice. He'll be all systems go for Sunday's showdown with the Patriots.