The Baltimore Ravens have suffered in the standings this season, but their 2015-16 campaign just got remarkably worse. Though they beat the St. Louis Rams today, by a score of 16-13, the Ravens have lost quarterback Joe Flacco for the season due to a torn ACL, and possibly his MCL as well. Ravens running back Justin Forsett also broke his right arm in the game and could be out for the season as well.
While Forsett’s injury came in the first quarter, Flacco’s occurred late in the fourth quarter — possibly on the game-winning drive. The Associated Press report said, “Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Flacco ‘tore at his ACL and I think, his MCL as well,’ but did not disclose which knee.” Flacco will probably undergo an MRI within the next few days to confirm the severity of the injured knee.
The Ravens will now turn to veteran quarterback Matt Schaub to lead the offense, but Baltimore is probably wishing that they still had current Bills’ quarterback Tyrod Taylor instead. Schaub had a quality start to his career in Atlanta but it has all gone downhill in the last few seasons. With a record of 3-7 this season, the Ravens will look to stay intact for the remainder of 2015 and hope that Flacco and Forsett are both ready for the start of training camp next season.
How bad has it been for the Ravens’ roster this season in terms of injuries? A season that they would rather forget after injuries to Flacco (season), Forsett (season), wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (season), linebacker Terrell Suggs (season), first-round pick Breshad Perriman (season) and center Jeremy Zuttah.
No NFL team should have to endure a season full of injuries like the Ravens have in 2015, but there isn’t much they can do at this point other than show up on game day and play to the best of their abilities and hope for a win.