Quarterback Joe Flacco practices Thursday after missing Wednesday with illness

September 18, 2014|By Jon Meoli | The Baltimore Sun

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was back at practice for the abbreviated media viewing portion on Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice and appearing on the injury report as a non-participant due to illness.

"I feel better," Flacco said after practice. "Just a little virus, and [I] didn't want to get the whole team sick and get something running through here. ... It was definitely different not being out there. It was good that we had a long week coming off Thursday night's game."

The Thursday game meant the team practiced Tuesday, so Flacco will still end up with three days of work if practices on Friday.

Flacco, who rarely misses practice for any reason, said he "would have liked to be out there on the practice field," but he was able to attend meetings during the day. Neither he nor offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak believed the team's preparation was impacted by his absence

“We’re really not missing anything from a preparation standpoint when it’s all said and done of what he normally would get," Kubiak said. "The good news is that it’s probably good to get put in situations like Tyrod [Taylor] to have to run the football team for a day. Things like that happen in practice, and you got to respond on Sundays some time that way when something happens.”

Flacco was doing individual drills with Taylor and practice squad quarterback Keith Wenning to begin the session.

Left tackle Eugene Monroe, who missed Wednesday's practice and was listed on the injury report with a knee injury, also participated during the open portion of practice.

The lone player absent during the viewing portion of practice was defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who missed a second straight day and has a meniscus injury.

Cornerbacks Asa Jackson (concussion) and Lardarius Webb (back) were also present after being listed as full participants on Wednesday.

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