Joe Flacco avoid injury against Lions after low hit

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Joe Flacco and the Ravens avoided disaster on Monday night, when the QB took a direct hit to the knee.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went down with an apparent knee injury in the fourth quarter of the team's Week 15 game on Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions. But after getting some attention from the Ravens medical staff on the sidelines, he returned for Baltimore's next offensive series -- the Ravens last of the game.

With the Ravens up 12-10, Flacco took a low hit on third down and appeared to be in pain limping off the field. The Ravens settled for a fifth Justin Tucker field goal, and Flacco got some attention on the sideline.

Here's a look at the hit on Flacco via GIFd Sports:


The hit was a nasty one, but Flacco appears to have avoided serious injury. The Ravens orthopedic doctors examined Flacco, who had ample time to recover while the Lions put together a go-ahead touchdown drive. He returned to the field the very next series, which was a crucial one for the Ravens.

Injury aside, Flacco was having a forgettable night in Detroit. Before the hit, he hadn't thrown a touchdown as Baltimore repeatedly settled for Tucker field goals. He also hadn't accumulated 200 yards passsing.

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