Peyton Manning’s historic Thursday night made many NFL fans forget about Jones’ peculiar injury, but the Ravens’ fan base surely remembers the embarrassing play. Jones was set to receive a punt in the second quarter, but Baltimore rookie Brynden Trawick slammed into into Jones and the electric wide receiver immediately grabbed his knee and was sent to the locker room, where he would stay for the entire game.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was bashed by many for giving Joe Flacco a hefty contract this fall, and now the Ravens’ signal-caller is forced to make good on his recent bump in salary. Flacco made Jones a household name during the team’s Super Bowl XLVII run, but Jones did more for this offense than just make the spectacular play.
Not to mention, Jones’ role was set to expand this year as the Ravens had to find a way to replace top targets Dennis Pitta and Anquan Boldin. However, this injury makes Flacco’s job even tougher and puts added pressure on the Baltimore front office to go out and trade for another play-making wide receiver or tight end.
Flacco looked lost on Thursday night as a depleted Denver Broncos‘ defense seemed to throw “Cool Joe” off of his game the second that Jones was sent to the sideline. Time will tell if Flacco can rise above the Ravens’ misfortunes or if the Jones’ injury keeps Baltimore away from the postseason for the first time since 2007, but I have my doubts when it comes to the reigning Super Bowl MVP.