Many Jets fans have been waiting for this day to come. Joe Flacco is back on the field for the first time since October 2019. That’s right; the quarterback was about to show that even after a year off, his talents and dedication to football are still some of the best the field has ever seen.
Joining the team
Joe Flacco was one of the many players involved in a trade at the beginning of the 2019 season. The quarterback had been playing for the Baltimore Ravens for over a decade when he eventually moved over to the Denver Broncos. Flacco was here for just a year before he finally signed up to the New York Jets as a part of the 2020 season.
A premature finish
It was the middle of Week 8 when Jo Flacco’s career suffered a premature finish. The Broncos were losing to the Indianapolis Colts when the injury happened. Flacco had suffered one of the worst injuries an athlete can imagine: he’d injured his neck. At first, it was thought Flacco would be out of the game for a few weeks and that surgery was off the cards. However, it wasn’t long before the team learned that Flacco would need a lengthy recovery before he was able to get back on the field.
A long recovery
It turned out that Flacco’s dreams of avoiding surgery were about to become his worst nightmare as the quarterback was eventually taken in for a procedure to help recover from his injury. Joe Flacco signed up to the jets as a free agent, but things were rocky from the start. The quarterback was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list as soon as the training camp started in July. Flacco was on the list for two months before he was finally given the all-clear in September 2020. Just a few weeks later, Flacco was on the field for the first time.
Getting back on the field
The Jets were set to play against the Broncos on October 2, 2020, and Flacco found himself sitting on the bench. He was drafted in as Sam Darnold’s backup, but little did Flacco know that he would get his chance to shine on the field. It had been almost a year since Joe Flacco had played professionally, and all eyes were on the quarterback as he had a lot to prove thanks to his time away. Joe Flacco didn’t disappoint. Although he only played for five snaps, Flacco threw out some impressive moves, including a perfect 2-of-2 for 16 yards. It looks as though the Jets have a lot to boast about with the likes of Darnold and Flacco on their side.
Hopefully, this won’t be the last time we get to see Joe Flacco on the field. The quarterback has had a legendary career so far. Now, he is about to join the few that have come back fighting after a serious injury. A year to recover seems to be the best thing that’s happened in Flacco’s career.