OWINGS MILLS — Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hopes to play Sunday against the New York Jets, despite soreness in his throwing shoulder that prevented him from practicing Wednesday. Flacco did not go into specifics about his MRI results but remained optimistic that he would be not be sidelined for Week 7, with the Ravens (3-3) riding a three-game losing streak.
“I have a little shoulder soreness, so we thought it would be best to take a day off, see how I feel tomorrow,” Flacco said Wednesday. “I did not feel it during the game.
“I think a little bit of rest right now is probably the best of thing. I’m not nervous. It’s not about being pain-free. You can deal with a little pain. It’s just about making sure you can throw the ball good enough to go out there and help your team.”
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Flacco suffered the injury during Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants, but he could not remember exactly when the injury occurred. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he expected Flacco to play, but would have confidence if backup quarterback Ryan Mallett was pressed into action.
“We think [Flacco] has a chance to play,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know what the percentage is.
“Ryan has started in this league. That will not be a problem if he plays. I feel very confident if Ryan Mallett’s out there. I’m going to want Joe out there. Everybody knows that, Joe knows that. Joe will be out there if he can be. There’s no tougher guy than Joe. And to me, he will be out there. It’s my belief he’ll be out there. But the way it heals is the way it heals. We’ll see.”