Cleveland Browns Sign Joe Flacco to Practice Squad
Rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson to Start Week 12 Against Denver Broncos
After losing starting quarterback Deshaun Watson to a season-ending shoulder injury, the Cleveland Browns turned to rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson to lead them to victory against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. And they succeeded. However, the Browns have also made another significant addition to their quarterback roster.
Joe Flacco, a seasoned quarterback who has played for the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, and New York Jets, recently worked out for the Browns and subsequently signed to their practice squad. The team made the announcement on Monday, following their win over the Steelers.
Despite Flacco’s arrival, Thompson-Robinson will continue as the starting quarterback for Week 12 when the Browns face the Denver Broncos. Head coach Kevin Stefanski expressed his confidence in Thompson-Robinson’s abilities and emphasized Flacco’s role as a supportive presence for the team.
“Joe’s role is to support this team. We’re fortunate to add a player with extensive experience like Joe. He will be a valuable asset to the team and the quarterback room,” Stefanski stated.
Flacco, who spent the first 11 years of his career in Baltimore and won a Super Bowl along the way, had a brief stint with the Denver Broncos for one year and then played for the New York Jets for three seasons. During the 2022 season, he started four games, resulting in a 1-3 record. Flacco completed 57.6% of his passes, averaging a career-low 5.5 yards per attempt. He threw five touchdowns and three interceptions. The 38-year-old quarterback has been out of the league throughout this season.
When asked about Flacco signing with the Browns, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who coached Flacco for his first 11 NFL seasons, expressed his support.
“It’s great for Joe. I have no doubt in Joe’s abilities. He’s the ultimate competitor. We’ll see what happens,” Harbaugh commented during his Monday press conference.