Jets’ Joe Flacco Cleared For Full Practice

Joe Flacco‘s hopes of a Week 3 return turned out to be realistic. The veteran quarterback received medical clearance to participate fully in the Jets’ Wednesday practice, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).

While next to nothing has gone right for the 0-2 team this season — one riddled with injuries on offense — the Jets’ one-year Flacco contract looks set to give Sam Darnold a veteran backup for 14 games (health-permitting, at least). Flacco has not played since Week 8 of last season. He underwent neck surgery this offseason but received an opportunity to join former Ravens exec Joe Douglas with the Jets.

This will be the first season Flacco enters as a backup. A starter with the Ravens for 10 1/2 seasons and with the Broncos for the first half of the 2019 campaign, the former Super Bowl MVP has started all 171 games in which he has appeared. A hip injury ended Flacco’s Ravens QB1 run and began Lamar Jackson‘s ascent, and Flacco has searched for a fit since.

The Jets acquired Flacco after drafting James Morgan in the fourth round. It will be the 35-year-old veteran set to take snaps in the event of a Darnold absence this year. Darnold has missed time in each of his two NFL seasons. A foot injury cost him three games in 2018, and a mononucleosis bout sidelined him for three contests last season.

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21 comments on “Jets’ Joe Flacco Cleared For Full Practice

  1. Sponge

    I’m shocked that ProFootballRumors hasn’t posted a story about Gale Sayers yet. Maybe because its true and NOT a rumor. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. Everyone I know is talking about Joe Flacco being cleared for practice anyway.

  2. afsooner02

    Trying to decide which one to play….esp if you’re trying to tank….

    They’re both about the same… young n terrible vs old n terrible…..dealers choice.

  3. Yep it is

    Oh great can’t wait to see him quit on the team and mope around the sideline for another year. Ohh that’s right the Jets don’t play on National TV anymore.

    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

      Not cursed. Just have utterly clueless and terrible ownership.

      Same as the Browns.

      It’s almost impossible for a sports team to overcome bad ownership.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Successful sports ownership is all about making money. Nothing else matters.

  4. letmeclearmythroat74

    There are several back up qbs I’d rather have than Darnold….. Winston, Dalton, Mullens, K Allen …. to name a few , heck maybe even Flacco

  5. Ed "The Mythical One"

    Flacco hasn’t been the same since his shoulder injury and the two huge leg injuries he suffered while still in Baltimore. He lost his ability to finely place his deep ball and his decision making got really bad. He became a check down Charlie and would only throw 5 yard passes to his TE and the 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage FB screen. Then after that didn’t work he’d just heave it deep down field on 3rd down into triple coverage.

    He was elite at one time. That time has come and gone. It is a shame.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Maybe the Jets could use Joe as a WR threat. His 17.5 yard reception average tops all other pass catchers on the roster.

    • K3vin

      Flacco wasn’t the same since he signed his big contract, after the Super Bowl.

      • Ed "The Mythical One"

        Those injuries came after the Superbowl run. He was still pretty good for a year or so, but then the big change came. He lost something and that affected his confidence throwing the ball down field and when he did, he never delivered it on time or on the money like he used to.

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