OWINGS MILLS — Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who missed two practices this week with a sore right shoulder, returned to the practice field on Friday, increasing the likelihood that he will play against the New York Jets on Sunday.
Flacco made his usual throws in the brief period of practice open to the media, warming up and then making throws of 10 to 15 yards. He didn't show any discomfort and appeared to have plenty of velocity from his arm.
Coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal about Flacco's availability for Sunday, and the official injury report will come out later Friday.
"We'll see," Harbaugh said after Friday's light workout. "We'll see how he responds tomorrow. He was out there running around a little bit, throwing the ball a little bit, so we'll see what happens."
After missing Wednesday's practice, Flacco said he just needed to rest his sore throwing shoulder but hoped to play on Sunday. He also sat out Thursday's workout.
“It is not about being pain free," Flacco said Wednesday. "You can deal with a little pain. It is just about making sure you can throw the ball good enough to go out there and help your team.”
Flacco was receiving treatment after practice on Friday and not available to the media.
Tight end Dennis Pitta said after practice Friday that Flacco "looked good. He was throwing the ball well and didn't seem to be in any kind of pain. ... We're excited to have him back out there for sure."
Pitta, who customarily warms up with Flacco early in practice, said, "It was walkthrough tempo, but just throwing with him, he had good zip on the ball, good velocity, so we should see the same old Joe Flacco."
Behind a Ravens offensive line that has started four different combinations in the past four games, Flacco has taken a pounding this year. He has been sacked 13 times and hit 42 times. Flacco played the entire game against the New York Giants last week and said he felt the shoulder injury afterward.
If Flacco is not able to play, Ryan Mallett would be in line to start. He started the final two games for the Ravens last season after Flacco suffered a season-ending knee injury, going 1-1 in those games.
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