The Ravens initially elected to give him a week of rest to aid the recovery process, but they've since re-evaluated and clearly aren't comfortable with risking further injury in any of their four preseason games. There was some optimism that it might be shorter, but with the preseason underway, the Ravens are choosing the route of caution.
Flacco had his injured back re-examined, which has given the Ravens a more definitive timeframe for his return, the team announced Friday afternoon.
Once he's back at 100 percent, Flacco will be looking to lead the Ravens back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 following a 5-11 finish in 2015 and an 8-8 effort a year ago. However, the plan remains for the veteran quarterback to be ready when the Ravens open the regular season on Sept.10 against the Cincinnati Bengals. At this point, the team did say they're encouraged by the progress the DE product has made.
The Ravens play their next preseason game on August 17 against the Miami Dolphins.
The Ravens also announced guard/tackle Alex Lewis will have season-ending shoulder surgery, while wide receiver Tim White will have season-ending surgery on his thumb.
A disc issue has been causing Flacco discomfort since before the start of training camp.