IRJoe Flacco
QB DEN (10)
1 month ago

Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that Flacco plans to treat the herniated disc in his neck with rest and rehab rather than undergoing surgery, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since Flacco is expected to be withheld from activity for six weeks before being re-evaluated by the Broncos' medical staff and other physicians, Denver made the decision Friday to place him on injured reserve, spelling an end to his first season with the team. Fangio noted that Brandon Allen will step in as the Broncos' new starting quarterback "for now," with the fourth-year pro slated to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Browns. Rookie Brett Rypien was promoted from the practice squad Friday to offer a depth option behind Allen.

IRJoe Flacco
QB DEN (10)
1 month ago

The Broncos will place Flacco (neck) on injured reserve Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Flacco due to miss at least 4-to-6 weeks after he was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his neck, the 2-6 Broncos determined the veteran wasn't worth keeping on the 53-man roster for the slim possibility of a late-season return. Flacco's placement on IR almost certainly spells an end to his tenure with the Broncos, who will turn to Brandon Allen as their new starting quarterback Sunday versus the Browns. Allen's performance in that outing will likely dictate whether he sticks atop the depth chart coming out of the team's Week 10 bye, as could the health of Drew Lock (thumb). The rookie second-round pick is expected to resume practicing with the Broncos in Week 11 and could be activated from IR that same week or shortly thereafter to provide a challenge to Allen's starting role.

IRJoe Flacco
QB DEN (10)
1 month ago

Flacco is expected to be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks after receiving a second opinion on the bulging disc in his neck, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Meanwhile, Mike Klis of 9News Denver relays that Flacco is likely to need the full six weeks to recover from the injury.

EDGE Analysis

Before the Broncos clarify Flacco's timeline, he'll have his injury assessed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles and Dr. Jack Kelley in Connecticut, a source tells Schefter. The initial opinions Flacco has received leave the Broncos optimistic that he won't require surgery, but that won't be confirmed until Watkins and Kelley have a chance to examine him. In any case, since he's likely to miss all of the Broncos' November slate and perhaps a portion of the December schedule, too, Flacco looks like he could be at risk of landing on injured reserve. Brandon Allen is slated to get the first crack at replacing Flacco as the Broncos' starting quarterback Sunday against Cleveland.

IRJoe Flacco
QB DEN (10)
1 month ago

Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday that there's "a chance" that Flacco (neck) will be placed on injured reserve, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Flacco is tending to a neck injury that could force him to miss as much as 5-to-6 weeks. While the veteran quarterback doesn't seem to be dealing with a career-threatening issue or one that is likely to require surgery, his ability to play again this season remains in flux. The deciding factor of whether to place Flacco on IR could come down to how well Brandon Allen shows in his first career start Sunday versus Cleveland. Additionally, the potential return of second-round pick Drew Lock (thumb) from IR could also influence the Broncos' decision on Flacco.

IRJoe Flacco
QB DEN (10)
2 months ago

Flacco will receive a second opinion on his neck injury, but he could miss as much as 5-6 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Flacco has likely avoided surgery and a career-threatening issue, but a trip to injured reserve isn't off the table, given the timeline and the Broncos' current record. Brandon Allen is expected to handle the starting duties under center, at least until second-round pick Drew Lock (thumb) is ready to return.

IRJoe Flacco
QB DEN (10)
2 months ago

Flacco (neck) could be placed on injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The precise nature of the injury is unknown, but coach Vic Fangio termed it "a neck or disc issue," according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. If Flacco eventually lands on IR, the Broncos likely will be without the veteran for the rest of the season. In Flacco's place, Brandon Allen will run the offense, at least until 2019 second-round pick Drew Lock has completed his recovery from a sprained right thumb.

IRJoe Flacco
QB DEN (10)
2 months ago

Coach Vic Fangio said that Flacco won't play Sunday against the Browns due to a neck injury, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Flacco took a massive hit on the last play of this past Sunday's loss at Indianapolis, which may have aggravated a minor neck strain he's been dealing with of late, per Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com. On Monday, Fangio clarified Flacco's injury, telling Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic that it's "a neck or disk issue." While Flacco is set for a period of rehab, perhaps for multiple weeks, Brandon Allen will take over under center for the Broncos.

IRJoe Flacco
QB DEN (10)
2 months ago

Flacco completed 20 of 32 passes for 174 yards and added a nine-yard run during Sunday's 15-13 loss in Indianapolis. After the game, Flacco revealed that he has been dealing with a minor neck strain, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

During that same press conference, Flacco seemed throw offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello under the bus for running the ball on third down and five to go with less than two minutes left in the game and Denver leading 13-12. The veteran quarterback said that he would like for Denver to play a little more aggressive, but that's been hard to do with a banged-up offensive line and immobile quarterback. Flacco has gone without a touchdown in three consecutive games and has topped 200 yards passing just once in that span. He seems destined to find the bench if and when rookie Drew Lock (thumb) is ready to go later this season.

IRJoe Flacco
QB DEN (10)
2 months ago

Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that Flacco would remain the Broncos' starting quarterback Week 8 in Indianapolis, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Through seven starts, Flacco is completing a career-best 65.6 percent of his passes for a respectable 7.2 yards per attempt, but he's seen those efficiency marks drop down to 62.9 percent and 6.3 YPA the past two weeks while accounting for no touchdowns and turning the ball over twice. Though the Broncos are now sitting at 2-5 and probably don't view the 34-year-old as part of their long-term future, he should have a decent hold on the starting job at least until second-round rookie Drew Lock (thumb) is available. Lock is slated to resume practicing next Wednesday but isn't eligible to return from injured reserve until the Broncos' Week 9 game against the Browns.

IRJoe Flacco
QB DEN (10)
2 months ago

Flacco completed 21 of 34 passes for 213 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Broncos' 30-6 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday. He also committed three fumbles, losing one.

EDGE Analysis

Flacco escaped with just one official turnover, but he lost the handle on three occasions while taking a beating in the form of eight sacks. The veteran quarterback once again honed in on a very tight circle of pass catchers, with 11 of his completions going to Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders and another four to running back Royce Freeman. Flacco has now gone back-to-back games without a touchdown pass and has just a 6:5 TD:INT on the campaign. He'll look to make much more of an impact than in the last two games when the Broncos face the Colts in a Week 8 matchup, a week from Sunday.