Veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin is considering an NFL comeback only a few months after announcing his retirement to focus on social activism. Meanwhile, Boldin's former quarterback Joe Flacco has been placed in the concussion protocol after taking a vicious hit in the Baltimore Ravens blowout victory over the Miami Dolphins last night.

Boldin returning to the NFL?

On August 7th, Anquan Boldin signed with the Buffalo Bills but announced his retirement from the NFL less than two weeks afterward on the 20th. The receiver said that “his life's purpose is bigger than football” and that he was leaving the sport to focus on social activism.

On Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported a letter had been obtained showing that the 37-year-old has expressed interest in playing again. The Bills, who own his rights, have given his agent Tom Condon permission to shop Boldin around in a trade. This letter also mentions that the receiver has a desire to be in close proximity to his family and home in Florida.

The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday, so there is a limited amount of time for Boldin's agent to strike a deal. Buffalo has also reserved their rights to have the final say on trade compensation and the designated club that he is traded to. When asked about all of this Bills head coach Sean McDermott said, “I'm aware that he was interested in returning.

Other than that, I'm not gonna get into any specifics.”

Flacco in protocol following vicious hit

With just over three minutes left in the second quarter of Thursday night's game against the Dolphins, Joe Flacco ran for the first down, coming up one yard short.

However, as he was in the act of sliding down, linebacker Kiko Alonso came in and delivered a vicious hit to the Ravens quarterback.

Flacco lost his helmet due to the hit while center Ryan Jensen went to defend his quarterback. After the play, he was helped off of the field and into the locker room. Soon afterward the team announced that Flacco had a concussion and had been ruled out for the rest of the game.

After the game, head coach John Harbaugh said that in addition to the concussion, Flacco also required stitches on a cut to his ear. The quarterback will now be placed in the concussion protocol. It is unknown when he can play next as he must first be cleared by the team and an independent neurologist. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also reported that the NFL is in the process of reviewing Alonso's hit.