Three days after saying that he expected starting quarterback Joe Flacco to be ready for the team’s regular season-opener, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that Flacco has resumed throwing.
This development moves Flacco one step closer to a return to the practice field in preparation for the upcoming campaign. Flacco has been recovering from a disc issue in his back, with Ryan Mallett and Josh Woodrum seeing the majority of the snaps in his absence. In total, the Ravens currently have four quarterbacks on the roster, with Thad Lewis being signed earlier this month to replace the waived Dustin Vaughan.
Entering his 10th NFL season, Flacco has started all 16 regular-season games in eight of his prior nine years in the league. In 2016-17, Flacco completed 64.9 percent of his passes, throwing for 4,317 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Flacco is one of two key offensive contributors that Harbaugh expects to be on the field when the Ravens face the Cincinnati Bengals September 10, with wide receiver Breshad Perriman being the other. Perriman has been held out of practice since suffering a hamstring injury early in training camp.
Perriman’s had multiple injury issues since being selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. After missing the entire 2015-16 season due to a torn PCL, suffered a partially torn ACL during organized team activities last June. Perriman would not miss any regular-season action as a result of that injury, finishing the year 33 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns.
With the hope being that he’ll emerge as a quality pass catching option for Flacco, Perriman’s health will be key as the start of the regular season approaches.