Joe Flacco: Johnny Manziel's middle finger not a big deal

Tuesday August 19th, 2014

Johnny Manziel's extended middle finger during the Browns' Monday Night Football game against the Redskins has drawn reactions from players around the NFL. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is the latest to weigh in, saying Manziel's gesture didn't bother him, according an report

"I think we've all seen the middle finger before and we should get over it," Flacco told ESPN NFL Nation. "When people say stuff to you, what do you do? You react, and you usually react in a way that you might not necessarily want to or not necessarily always react that way. I hate to say it, and you don't want to make it that way. But a football field is a place where there is a lot of emotion. Sometimes, those things happen. Obviously, you want to limit to the point where no one else sees it."

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Flacco admitted that even he is not above flipping the middle finger on the field. When asked if he ever had, Flacco said, "Yeah, I flipped [Ravens defensive end Terrell] Suggs off the other day in practice."

Manziel switched with Brian Hoyer every two series during the game as the quarterbacks compete for the Browns' starting job. Manziel completed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. 

- Alex Hampl

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