“It feels good to be back out here with the guys and be a part of everything again,” Flacco said, per a team statement. “Really, it’s been a weird situation the last few weeks, because it’s just something you have to wait out. You’re putting in all the hard work you can, but at the same time, it’s a waiting game. You definitely have to fight against not doing anything, but also keep your mind fresh.
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“But for today, it was awesome being back on the field — just like it always is — and to be with my guys. I feel excited about the season we have coming up.”
Flacco resumed throwing this past week and remains on schedule to take the field when Baltimore opens its season Sept. 10 on the road against the Bengals. Coach John Harbaugh told reporters after the practice session that Flacco looked good and that the team will continue to see how progresses in the days ahead.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero first reported in July that the 32-year-old starter was preparing to miss three to six weeks with the injury — and that timeline held true.
The Ravens never wavered in their optimism over Flacco’s return, but fans understandably grew concerned watching backup Ryan Mallett jersey nosedive hard during the preseason.
Baltimore was also connected to eternal free agent Colin Kaepernick jersey, but the former Niners passer looms as an unlikely addition with Flacco back at the controls.
The Baltimore Ravens running back had an additional two games tacked onto his suspension Friday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Dixon was already suspended four games in March for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. The latest two games come as a result of violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, Rapoport reported.
It’s been a rough six months for Dixon, beginning with the March suspension. The running back also suffered a medial meniscus injury in late July, requiring surgery that ended his 2017 season.
The silver lining for Dixon in all of this is he will serve his suspension while injured, meaning he’ll miss games in which he already wasn’t going to participate, but he won’t get paid for those games. It could cloud his treatment and rehab options, though the specifics of that are not known.
Watching the veteran play in the 20-0 shutout of a division rival, you would never guess he’s turning 35 in a month.
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“He has that Benjamin Button disease,” defensive tackle Brandon Williams jersey joked of Suggs after the win, via the team’s official website.
(For those unaware, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” was a 2008 Brad Pitt vehicle about a man who ages backward.)
The Ravens defense was every bit as good as we anticipated it’d be heading into the season. Baltimore got younger and quicker at every level. The ferocity with which the unit plays is like watching a hive of bees incessantly swarm an intruder.
While the youth movement in Baltimore is what makes the group so fun to watch, it’s the savvy vet that still leads the way.
“Terrell Suggs played great,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He was in the backfield pretty regularly. They had to hold him, had to grab him, had to tackle him. He was a huge factor in the game.”
Suggs, a Defensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and six-time Pro Bowler, isn’t interested in the praise that came from a simple Week 1 win.
“In Year 15, I’ve seen it all,” Suggs said. “I’ve had all kind of starts, all kind of finishes. It’s good to take one. We’re going to enjoy it right now. But tomorrow it’s on to Cleveland.”