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Flacco expected to miss 3-to-6 weeks

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco may miss the entire training camp. It was revealed on Wednesday night that he had a disc issue in his back.

The time frame is expected to be three-to-six weeks. If it’s the six-weeks mark, then the team will go into the start of the season without him as the starter.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco being tackled by a Pittsburgh Steelers player (Getty Images)

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco being tackled by a Pittsburgh Steelers player (Getty Images)

Doctors have informed the team, along with Flacco, that a week of resting could calm down the issue, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He reportedly hurt his back while lifting weights and underwent an MRI.

Ryan Mallett, the Ravens back-up, will get first-team reps until Flacco is able to return, whether that’s during training camp, or during the season. Dustin Vaughan is the only other quarterback on their roster at this time.

This is yet another injury for the Ravens, who lost Kenneth Dixon on Wednesday to a season-ending injury. He underwent season-ending knee surgery on Tuesday — and he was expected to push Terrance West for the starting job before his injury.

Long-time tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a hop injury during the off-season workouts. Cornerback Tavon Young tore his ACL during an off-season practice. Pitta’s injury is likely going to be a career-ender, as he has been dealing with injuries throughout the past several years.

Flacco will be entering his 10th season with the team. He previously had a streak of a 122 straight starts, before suffering a season-ending injury with two tore ligaments in his knee. He’s only missed six games over the past decade.

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