Joe Flacco had to come out of Steelers game for an unusual reason

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Joe Flacco’s equipment on Sunday was not elite on a scramble.

The Baltimore Ravens quarterback took off on a third-and-12 play in the third quarter and actually ran 14 yards for a first down in a 21-14 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which was shocking enough. But at the end of it, Flacco crumpled awkwardly in what appeared to be a knee injury.

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He didn’t hurt himself — at least not badly. But Flacco’s knee brace, which he has worn since suffering a torn ACL last season, broke on the play. Yes, this supposedly sturdy piece of fancy equipment just snapped. Flacco is lucky his knee didn’t go with it.


Upon first glance it looked like a body part that exploded out of his knee, but it turned out to be the brace, thankfully. Check out this screen shot, via CBS.

That’s not Joe Flacco’s knee exploding — it’s his brace, thankfully. (CBS screenshot)
That’s not Joe Flacco’s knee exploding — it’s his brace, thankfully. (CBS screenshot)

He came out of the game for a few plays, replaced by backup Ryan Mallett, and even had to go into the locker room. But Flacco appeared to be fine upon returning to the game a few plays later.

His brace, however, was immediately ruled out for the game. And it gave us an official scoring notation on NFL.com that we don’t often see.

Not often you see this scoring notation for an NFL game. (NFL.com)
Not often you see this scoring notation for an NFL game. (NFL.com)

Flacco could stand to work on his sliding for sure. And maybe having his knee brace snap will remind him of this.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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