Having an injury is hard, but even harder is recovering from it. The mental aspect of getting back into the game is the hardest hurdle any athlete can go through. That is what Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is going through right now with NFL rumors that he might never be the same player post-injury.
Flacco has been recovering from his torn ACL which he suffered last year. The injury shortened his 2015 season. The 31-year-old is trying to get back into the game once again despite the ride not being an easy one. Although the Ravens QB is recuperating, there are doubts regarding his present state, as reported by NFL.com.
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Flacco is currently on rehab going into the training camp. Despite being fairly active physically, the Ravens QB is struggling mentally. His biggest worry, according to NFL rumors, is getting hit again which could possibly recur the injury.
“I hurt it getting hit. I’m curious. It will probably be a little different the first time I take a couple drop-backs and feel a little bit of guys coming in my face. I’ll have to step and throw still.” Flacco said, according to Fox Sports.
The only way Flacco can overcome his mental obstacle is to take the field and surpass the challenges thrown towards him by the opposing teams. The Ravens are also expecting the same from their QB since he has just got a three-year extension worth $66.4 million from them. The amount itself is an indication that the man from Audubon, New Jersey needs to deliver.
Before suffering his season-ending injury, Flacco was struggling to perform on the field last year. He threw 2,791 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Ravens finished with a disappointing display of 5-11.
Will Flacco’s career be affected by injuries the rest of his career like what the NFL rumors are saying? Or will he return to being one of the top QBs in the league the next few seasons?
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