The Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback situation is not looking so hot right now.
Starting QB Joe Flacco injured his back lifting weights Thursday, which will keep him out of training camp for at least a week. In the meantime, backup quarterback Ryan Mallett is taking first-team reps at practice, and it quickly has become a disaster.
Mallett threw “at least” five interceptions and was nearly picked off twice more at Baltimore’s training camp practice Friday, ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reported. After his last interception, the 29-year-old (literally) threw his towel in the air in surrender.
Mallett’s play apparently was bad enough that linebacker Terrell Suggs openly mocked the former New England Patriots backup in front of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
“Hey, Marty, tell Mallett to throw to the guys wearing the purple (offense) jerseys,” Suggs said, per Hensley.
Flacco believes he’ll only be out for the week, but NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the veteran QB could be sidelined three to six weeks.
The team signed former Arena Football League QB/realtor David Olson on Friday despite reports that coach John Harbaugh was talking to Colin Kaepernick. If Flacco does have to miss significant time, the Ravens definitely will want to consider bringing in Kaepernick over what they currently have.
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