Joe Flacco says he won't need knee surgery

December, 30, 2013
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco reiterated after Sunday's regular-season finale that his sprained left knee won't need surgery this offseason.

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"I’m not going to have to get anything done," Flacco said. "It was just my MCL and it will heal on its own."

It will be much-deserved rest, considering the amount of hits that Flacco has taken this season. Flacco was sacked 48 times in 2013, and only Miami's Ryan Tannehill (58) was sacked more.

This was the most sacks any Ravens quarterback has taken in team history. The previous high was 40 sacks, which Flacco set in 2010.

In Sunday's regular-season finale at Cincinnati, Flacco was sacked two times and hit seven times. He came off the field limping when he was hit in the end zone with about nine minutes left in the second quarter.

"Yeah, it just doesn't bend that well," Flacco said. "When the guy [Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap] landed on me, he just bent it all up into the top of my chest. It didn't do any more [damage] to the knee. It just hurt for a while, that's all. It actually probably loosened it up for a couple series after that, once it kind of settled down for a bit."

Flacco injured his left knee on Dec. 16, when he was hit by the helmet of Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy. Wearing a brace in his final two games, Flacco completed 59 percent of his passes (52-for-88) with one touchdown and five interceptions (passer rating of 52.8).

Flacco has never missed a game in his six-year NFL career. His consecutive games streak now stands at 109 (96 in regular season and 13 in playoffs), which is the eighth-longest in NFL history.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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