OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco left practice early Friday to visit the training room due to a badly bruised right hip that has caused him to limp noticeably.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh downplayed the injury, which has Flacco listed as probable on the injury report while participating fully in practice all week heading into Sunday’s AFC wild-card game against the New England Patriots.
“He was done with his work, so he goes in and gets treatment,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve had that with different guys. We do that all year. He’s fine.”
Flacco has dealt with several injuries this season, including a sprained ankle and a sore shoulder.
The hip seems to be the most troublesome injury at the moment.
“It was stiff, but everything is good,” Flacco said. “I just got a little bruising. It feels great right now. I just have to make sure it stays that way on Sunday.”
“I’ve learned a lot,” said Sundberg, who played in the UFL this season and was signed by Baltimore recently to give Katula a break in practice. “It’s helped me more than I could have imagined. If I wasn’t here, I would be at home snapping by myself.
“It’s a situation where I need to be ready to play at all times. It hasn’t been a situation ever where the coaches are saying, ‘You need to be ready to play on Sunday.’”
Sundberg tried out for four teams before catching on with Baltimore.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.