Joe Flacco will miss one week of practice with a sore back, coach John Harbaugh said Thursday.
Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sunreported on Flacco's sore back going into training camp. Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, reported Wednesday that Flacco was preparing to miss 3–6 weeks.
“With the back, you can always say, ‘We’ll see,’" Harbaugh said. "But all indications from the back specialist and Dr. [John] Carbone are that he should be fine in about a week. That’s what we’ll be hoping for and praying for.”
The Ravens have already been dealing with the injury bug before the start of training camp as running back Kenneth Dixon will miss all of 2017 following knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Flacco has been the Ravens starting quarterback since he arrived in 2008. He has only missed six games in his first nine years in the league, and they were all in 2015 after he tore his ACL.
In addition to Flacco, two other star quarterbacks are also sidelined to start camp. Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and Teddy Bridgewater of the Minnesota Vikings are starting camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Last season, Flacco threw for career highs in completion percentage and yards, but the Ravens went just 8–8. In 2012, he helped the team win its last AFC North crown, and was named Super Bowl MVP after they defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.