Denver Broncos quarterback has been ruled out for his team’s Week 9 matchup against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a neck injury during their Sunday loss against the Indianapolis Colts.
Flacco, who was acquired by Denver from the Ravens during the summer in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, suffered a herniated disk in his neck after being hit hard in Sunday’s game.
After tests revealed the extent of the injury, the veteran quarterback received word from team doctors that he will not be allowed to play against Cleveland this weekend.
Depending on the speed of Flacco’s recovery, it’s possible that he will be placed on the injured reserve list after Denver’s Week 10 bye, effectively ending his season.
It’s a disappointing bit of news for the former Ravens signal caller, who has struggled in his first season in the Mile High City. He has thrown for only 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in eight games, accumulating fewer than 2,000 passing yards.
Flacco and the Broncos are 2-6 on the season, and the team could decide to cut bait with him after the season ends and move on.
Brandon Allen is expected to replace Flacco as Denver’s starting quarterback for the time being.