Ravens’ Joe Flacco has MCL Sprain; Ray Rice Talks Retirement

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Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) passes during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens expect quarterback Joe Flacco to start Sunday against the New England Patriots, despite an injured left knee he suffered towards the end of Monday night’s win over the Detroit Lions.

Flacco will wear a protective brace on his knee Sunday for the first time in his NFL career after being fitted for the equipment and started using it Wednesday

"“I don’t know if it will be a necessity or not, but I’m going to wear it,” said Flacco after practice Wednesday. “There’s no reason not to. The brace isn’t a big deal. It has been pretty stiff. It’s feeling better, though. It looks like it’s getting better and better. Hopefully, some of the swelling will go down and stuff like that.”"

It may be a bigger deal than he’s letting on to, as the injury is actually an MCL sprain:

Flacco has started every game in his NFL career, a streak that reached 107 on Monday night. If he can help lead the Ravens to a win Sunday, they and the Cincinnati Bengals will face off in Week 17 for the AFC North title and the rights to host a playoff game.