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Joe Flacco: Injured back isn't 100 percent, but no limitations

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was pleased with how his injured lower back held up in the season-opening 20-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, although he acknowledged that he isn't at full strength yet.

"I’m not going to say I’m 100 percent -- but there’s no limitations come Sunday," Flacco said before Wednesday's practice.

Flacco returned to the practice field only eight days before Sunday's opener, and he didn't have to do much in his first game. He completed 9 of 17 passes -- both of which were career lows in a full game -- for 121 yards.

Despite the few number of throws, Flacco took a handful of tough hits, including one that sent him to get evaluated for a concussion.

"I was definitely very happy with how I woke up the next day and on Tuesday and how I feel today standing here," said Flacco, who didn't wear any extra protection for his back. "I felt like I came out of the game great -- just getting better and better."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh refused to take credit for the decision to sit out Flacco for all of training camp and the preseason.

"My plan would have been to practice and that the quarterback practices all through training camp," Harbaugh said. "But I think that our doctors and our trainers did a great job and Joe did a great job and that was the target and he made it."

Flacco reiterated that sitting out nearly the entire summer wasn't ideal, but necessary.

"You come to realize that the best thing is to not play in the preseason," Flacco said. "While it’s not ideal, at the end of the day, it’s still the best decision out of all your options."