Ravens QB Flacco out for the year


Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Justin Forsett have been ruled out for the rest of the NFL season.

Not only did Forsett leave the game early with a broken right arm, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said  following the 16-13 win at M&T Bank Stadium that Flacco was done for the year with a serious knee injury.

Harbaugh said Flacco suffered a torn ACL and possibly a torn MCL late in Baltimore's victory.

He said the injury occurred on an incomplete slant pass intended for Chris Givens on Baltimore's final series, which ended in a game-winning 47-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. 

"He finished the whole series with two torn ligaments. He stayed on the field with the clock running because he knew if he comes off, now we've got clock issues," Harbaugh said.

"He stays out there and we get the [Buck Allen] run that put us into field-goal range. We ran the clock beautifully.

"It was a courageous performance by him at the end."

Flacco, the team's first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and MVP of Super Bowl XLVII, has started every game since the Ravens selected him eighth overall.

His streak of 122 consecutive starts was fifth-longest in NFL history.

Even with the win, the play-offs are unlikely for the 3-7 Ravens, but Harbaugh said his team will "step up and rally" for Flacco "just like he has done for so many other guys".

"It's been a great blessing to have Joe every single game for eight and a half years," Harbaugh said.

"He's an iron man, an absolute iron man, warrior-type of a player."