Flacco out 4-6 weeks after second opinion


Flacco out 4-6 weeks after second opinion

Fangio added that Flacco could be placed on injured reserve with the injury.

During the second half of Sunday's 15-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Flacco spent much of his time in between Denver's offensive series getting his neck attended to by the medical staff. But this is where the Broncos are with Allen set to start in place of the injured Joe Flacco against the Browns on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS).

"I don't think I questioned (if it would happen)", he said.

If the Browns somehow find a way to lose to the Joe Flacco-less Broncos, at least they won't do it in front of the entire nation.

Fangio said he'll decide this week between two rookies as Allen's backup: second-round draft pick Drew Lock, who is on IR with a right thumb injury, or undrafted QB Brett Rypien, who is on the practice squad. The Broncos are 22-34 since then, having churned through Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum and Flacco, whom general manager John Elway insisted was still in his prime when he acquired him in a trade with Baltimore after the Ravens had moved on to Lamar Jackson.

Grossi said later on 850 that it was not the first time he had been at odds with Mayfield this season. Lock, a right-hander, sprained the thumb on his throwing hand in a preseason game against San Francisco on August 19 and hasn't practiced since. After redshirting his freshman year in 2011 and playing sparingly in 2012, he was named the starting quarterback for his sophomore year in 2013. Jay Feely is the sideline reporter and, good thing, because there could be a lot of field goals in this one. But in this case, the time is now, and Sunday might be the last chance. Struggling a bit in his first year under center for the Razorbacks, Allen began to flourish in his junior year, throwing for 2,285 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. Following the defeat, the quarterback did not shy away from voicing his displeasure with the conservative play-calling on offense.

Is it just me or is that contradictory?

"He's just frustrated, like the rest of us", Fangio said Monday.

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