Months after celebrating his then-NFL-record contract by stopping for chicken nuggets at McDonald's, quarterback Joe Flacco will appear in a national commercial for the fast-food giant, the Baltimore Business Journal first reported. The commercial is set to debut over the next 10 days. Flacco told The Baltimore Sun that he's appearing in the spot with a celebrity. "Am I allowed to say who it is?" Flacco said. "You guys are just going to have to wait to figure it out." Say what you want about Flacco, but the guy knows how to cash in whether it's at the Super Bowl or at a drive-through. If you don't remember, here's the pic of Flacco after ordering a 10-piece McNuggets meal, with fries and an unsweetened iced tea for $6.99.
For four years, Paul Kruger couldn't lay a finger on Flacco because they were teammates. Now, after signing with the Cleveland Browns in free agency, Kruger is ready to get a shot or two on the Ravens quarterback this Sunday. “He’s a big guy,” Kruger said, via Comcast SportsNet. “I’ve got to hit him hard to take him down." What does Flacco think about this? “Hopefully, he doesn’t get to me, and if he does, hopefully I can shake him off and talk a little trash to him afterwards,” Flacco said.
Has the turnover at receiver and tight end made Flacco's job tougher? “I’m sure it has, but what are you going to do?” Flacco said, via the team's official website. “It’s the way it is. That’s the way this league is. You just have to embrace it and take it on as a challenge and try to make it work the best you can.” Flacco's job would be a lot easier if his receivers held onto the ball, too.
Wide receiver Deonte Thompson didn't practice again Wednesday, but he indicated he's working his way back to the field after injuring his foot in the preseason opener. “We’re definitely getting closer,” Thompson said, via the team's website. “I’m feeling better every day, working and trying to get out there.” With only four healthy receivers on the roster, the Ravens are banking on Thompson returning soon. There's a feeling that he'll try to practice next week after the Ravens placed rookie Aaron Mellette on injured reserve Wednesday.
Undrafted rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown is expected to get more opportunities Sunday, according to the Carroll County (Md.) Times.
If the Ravens win the Super Bowl again, they again won't be able to host the NFL kickoff game. As The Press Box noted, the Orioles announced their 2014 schedule Wednesday and the baseball club will play at Camden Yards on Thursday, Sept. 4. I'm guessing the Ravens would welcome the schedule conflict again if it means hoisting another Lombardi Trophy. In case you're already wondering about the Ravens' 2014 schedule, they can play at home in Week 1 (Orioles are away that Sunday and Monday) but would have to go on the road in Weeks 2 and 3 (unless it's a Monday night game in Week 3).