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Update On Joe Flacco's Recovery


Joe Flacco's recovery is still on schedule.

The Ravens expect Flacco to be on the field at full strength when they begin training camp next year in late July.

"I guess you never say never, but everything I've been told is that he's going to be ready for training camp, 100 percent ready to go," Head Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday.

The 30-year-old quarterback had knee surgery on Dec. 8 after tearing his ACL and MCL against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 22. A return for the start of training camp would put Flacco about seven months out from the surgery.

Flacco has already started the work to get himself back on the field. He returned to Baltimore about a week after the surgery to begin his rehab at the Under Armour Performance Center.

Predicting an exact return date after a serious knee injury is somewhat tricky so far in advance, but the early signs are encouraging for Flacco.

"The key with all these injuries is that you get the most out of every day, but you don't have a setback," Harbaugh said. "If you don't have a setback then you should be fine."

If Flacco's recovery did extend into training camp, the Ravens do have quarterback Ryan Mallett under contract for next season. He will likely be the top quarterback during offseason workouts and practices, and is expected to be Flacco's backup going into the season.

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