Flacco's 2019-20 season has come to an end.
Updated on November 1, 2019, at 2:48 p.m.:
The Denver Broncos have placed Joe Flacco on injured reserve. Rookie quarterback Brett Rypien has been promoted up from the practice squad to back up Brandon Allen.
According to coach Vic Fangio, the herniated disc in Flacco's neck will require six weeks of rest, in addition to another two weeks of additional work before Flacco is in better shape.
Update from October 29, 2019, at 12:24 p.m.:
Joe Flacco could be out as long as five to six weeks, according to reports.
#Broncos QB Joe Flacco is getting a second opinion from Dr. Jack Kelley today, but based on the initial read he could be out as long as 5-6 weeks, source said. Surgery is unlikely, and his career is not in jeopardy. However, Denver does have a roster decision to make.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2019
Flacco is set to receive a second opinion today, October 29, with Dr. Jack Kelley on his beck injury.
Original story published on October 28, 2019, at 4:48 p.m.:
A mere day after Joe Flacco made his opinion known and criticized the Broncos coaching staff, accusing them as being "afraid to lose" and "afraid to be aggressive," he's slotted to miss Sunday's matchup against the Browns due to a herniated disc in his neck.
Flacco will be re-evaluated during the bye week, however, it is a possibility that he could be placed on injured reserve.
Broncos’ QB Joe Flacco has a herniated disk in his neck, per @Jeff_Legwold. Flacco is out this week vs. Cleveland and then he will he re-evaluated after the bye. At that time, IR would be a possibility if he hasn’t recovered.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2019
"Joe's not going to play this week. He's got a disk or neck injury," said Broncos coach Vic Fangio. "He'll definitely miss this week and then we'll reevaluate after the bye and see where it's at."
It's not known if Flacco will need surgery for the neck injury, but Fangio said that "those things are fluid" and "they don't know yet." So, at this time, anything could happen.
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Flacco will be replaced in the Week 9 game by Brandon Allen, according to reports. Then, it'll be decided if Brett Rypien will be signed and elevated to the roster from the practice squad, or if fellow rookie Drew Lock will be moved from injured reserve to be Allen's backup.
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