Report: Joe Flacco on track to only miss a game or two after offseason neck surgery
New York Jets backup quarterback Joe Flacco might only miss a game or two as he continues to recover from offseason neck surgery.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Flacco met with a specialist on Friday in Philadelphia, and it seems he is progressing well.
#Jets backup QB Joe Flacco spent yesterday in Philadelphia seeing a specialist to check in on his progress from neck surgery. Source says there were no issues, and he’s on track to miss just one or two games. He has his final checkup early in September, but so far so good.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 8, 2020
The Jets signed Flacco in May after the former Super Bowl MVP failed a physical with the Denver Broncos. Flacco began the 2019 campaign as the starter in Denver, but missed a number of games with a herniated disk and ceded the starting job to Drew Lock.
Flacco has struggled to stay healthy in recent years. However, the Jets desperately needed a backup quarterback, and there is some familiarity in New York.
Jets general manager Joe Douglas was a scout with the Baltimore Ravens when they drafted Flacco out of Delaware in 2008, and Douglas also knows the team nearly fell apart when Sam Darnold was out last year.
New York managed just 23 points in the three games Darnold missed early in the year, as Luke Falk struggled to move the ball effectively while also turning it over all too often.
The Jets are still relying on Darnold to make big strides in his third season. The former USC star won six of his last eight starts, and seemed more comfortable in spite of being rather lackluster in the play-action game.
But while Darnold figures to determine the kind of leap the Jets will or will not make offensively, New York can take a bit more solace knowing a veteran like Flacco should be available almost from the jump.