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Joe Flacco to have MRI on neck, will make decision about retirement after

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco has a huge decision to make about whether to continue pursuing his NFL career or to opt for retirement.

The 34-year-old veteran has a herniated disc in his neck that landed him on injured reserve earlier this season.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Flacco revealed he will have an MRI in the next month or so to determine “what I do, or don’t, need to have done,” going forward, per Jeff Legwold of ESPN. He also said that he will make a decision about his future after gathering that information.

Legwold also shared that Flacco is open to a return to Denver even as a backup to young Drew Lock, but that the MRI was his priority right now.

Flacco was traded from Baltimore to Denver this past February after being supplanted by Lamar Jackson. He started eight games for the Broncos in 2019, completing 65.3% of his passes for 1,822 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions.

The veteran still has two years left on his current contract and is due to make $20.5 million in base salary next season.