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News and Notes: Ravens Developing Plan for Joe Flacco


Joe Flacco has yet to take a snap in training camp.

The Ravens quarterback has been sidelined with a back issue for the last week, and it's unclear exactly when he'll get back on the field. The plan was to rest him for at least a week and he's already reached that point.

Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Friday he had a meeting this week about developing a plan for Flacco and his return to action. 

"It must have been yesterday we had a little, a little bit longer than a brief discussion, about those types of things," Mornhinweg said. "The important thing is there will come a time where we have a plan for him and we're not quite there yet, and it may come pretty quick."

Head Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Flacco's improvement has been "very positive," but didn't give a new timetable for his return. Flacco hasn't talked with the media since last week, but he said during the press conference that he wasn't even thinking about the possibility of missing regular-season action.

Ryan Mallett has taken the first-team reps in Flacco's absence, and he finished the week with a pair of strong practices after struggling earlier in camp.

Here were some of the notes from Friday:

  • The Ravens dialed back the intensity in practice. After five-straight days in full pads, the players wore shorts and shells and there were no full-contact drills. The practice was more focused on assignment and technique than full-speed competition. Harbaugh also dismissed the veterans early and the younger players spent about an extra 30 minutes working on special teams.
  • It was a short-handed roster in practice, as cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (undisclosed) and Marlon Humphrey (undisclosed), wide receiver Breshad Perriman (hamstring), tight ends Maxx Williams (undisclosed) and Larry Donnell (hand) and left guard Alex Lewis (undisclosed) all didn't practice.
  • Wide receiver Keenan Reynolds made an impressive diving snag during seven-on-seven drills. He has shown major strides in his transition to wide receiver compared to where he was at this point last year.
  • Defensive lineman Carl Davis made one of the most impressive plays of the day by leaping to snag an interception at the line of scrimmage. The former third-round pick is having a strong training camp, and he'll carve out a nice role for himself if he continues to make plays like this.
  • With Humphrey and Smith sitting out, Robertson Daniel was taking first-team reps opposite Brandon Carr. Daniel made the most of his time with the starting defense by coming down with an interception in practice.
  • Tight end Benjamin Watson had a diving touchdown grab from Mallett. Watson did a nice job gaining separation from a pair of defenders and then made a tough catch for the touchdown. He's making strides in his recovery from a torn Achilles, and that play was a good sign of how he's developing. 
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