“I could play today if we had to,” Flacco said Wednesday, the Ravens’ last practice before taking four days off for the bye. “It’s no big deal.”
Flacco hurt his right ankle in the first quarter of Sunday’s 33-31 loss at the Minnesota Vikings. After his left foot was stepped on by Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, Flacco said, he went to step back with his right foot and rolled it.
He played the rest of game and finished with a career-high 385 passing yards. In the fourth quarter, he rallied the Ravens from a 27-10 deficit by throwing for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
“I think he’s about four shoe sizes bigger right now than it was before, so it’s really swollen,” coach John Harbaugh said half-jokingly. “He should be back practicing Monday.”
Flacco has yet to miss a game in his NFL career, making 25 straight starts, including playoffs.
He tested the ankle Wednesday, taking a few dropbacks off to the side. He has flexibility in his ankle, according to Harbaugh, and he isn’t walking with a limp.
“I think I was a little bit limited if I tried to do a straight-ahead sprint,” said Flacco, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,674 passing yards. “Other than that, it feels pretty good. I’m going to give it some rest the next couple of days and come back ready to go.”
The second-year quarterback is taking some time to have fun during the bye, going with family to Philadelphia for Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday. Flacco, who grew up about a half-hour outside Philadelphia, said he is rooting for the Phillies to clinch the pennant over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I don’t know if I’ve always been a Phillies fan,” Flacco said, “but I admit I’m a little bit of a front-runner.”