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Suggs feeling back to his normal self

The bye week did everybody on the Ravens some good. Ray Rice remarked that he hasn't felt healthier all season, as did others. But the week off couldn't have meant more to Terrell Suggs. Baltimore's star linebacker made a surprise return to the starting lineup Oct. 21 at the Houston Texans, playing more than half of the defense's snaps less than six months after surgery

Hurricane Sandy not sending Ravens home from work

Hurricane Sandy is having an effect on everyone, including the NFL. Because of the weather, the league's trade deadline has been pushed back from Tuesday to Thursday. Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters during a conference call Monday - held in place of the regular press availability at the Under Armour Performance Center, yes, because of the weather - that football administration manager Jess Markinson

Ravens, Pollard receive fines from NFL

The Ravens were fined $20,000 on Friday for not putting safety Ed Reed on their injury report while he has played through a torn labrum in his shoulder. Both the Redskins and Bills recently received the same penalty for not adhering to league policies regarding reporting injures. Last Monday, coach John Harbaugh said he didn't expect any discipline and addressed reports that the NFL was

Could defense's woes lead to Ravens changing offensive philosophy?

So much was made of the Ravens' decision to go with a primarily no-huddle offense this season. Throughout mini-camps and the preseason, Joe Flacco and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron talked about how the faster tempo is something that could benefit the team. Flacco is more comfortable at that pace and the Ravens possess more than enough weapons to allow them to stretch the field and

No major defensive changes expected for Ravens

The Ravens reached the bye week with enough of a sample size to realize there's reason to be concerned about their once-vaunted defense. If the break came after Week 3 or 4, it might be easier to push aside the fact that Baltimore is 26th in the league in total defense, allowing an alarming 400 yards per game. But this year, the bye has arrived

Harbaugh on Ravens' loss to Texans: "It's on me"

One day after the Ravens suffered one of the three most lopsided losses in team history, coach John Harbaugh didn't do too much Monday quarterbacking about how the players could've done this better or that better at Houston. He pointed the finger right at himself for a 43-13 loss that sent Baltimore into the bye week with a 5-2 record and out of a tie

Not the right kind of history for Ravens at Houston

Even with Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, the Ravens might not have had a chance in Houston today. The Texans are good. Really good. Their defense is suffocating and punishing. Just ask Joe Flacco, who absorbed four sacks and seemed to be on the run on almost every passing play. Their offense has weapons all over, led by Arian Foster (98 rushing yards, two touchdowns),

Disastrous first half in Houston (Long field goal for Tucker)

The numbers in this one pretty much reflect reality. First downs: Houston 16, Baltimore 4 Total yards: Houston 258, Baltimore 84 Penalties: Baltimore 5-56, Houston 2-20 Turnover: Baltimore 2, Houston 0 Time of possession: Houston 20:53, Baltimore 9:04 The Ravens are getting crushed, mauled, humiliated. They'll need Joe Flacco to choose his Halloween costume early, and hope he goes with Frank Reich or Peyton Manning

Suggs back, Tucker puts Ravens on top (And it's 26-3)

So much for Terrell Suggs taking his time with his Achilles injury. The Ravens' star linebacker isn't just back for today's game at Houston. He started and appears to be set to play a key role in the match-up between the top two teams in the AFC. Suggs looked fine on the opening possession, a three-and-out forced by Baltimore. The Ravens proceeded to put Justin

Ravens-Texans a match-up between AFC's best (Suggs activated, Kindle cut)

In as odd of a quirk as you'll find, Sunday's game between the Ravens and Texans pits the only two AFC teams with winning records against each other. Of the 16 teams in the AFC, Baltimore and Houston lead the way with 5-1 records and then there's a glut of seven teams at 3-3, including the entire AFC East. Perhaps it's a statement on parity

Ngata, J. Smith probable for Ravens' visit to Houston

This week's Ravens injury report comes nothing close to being an accurate representation of the team's health situation. Baltimore lists defensive tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), tackle Bryant McKinnie (thigh), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (abs) as questionable, while tackle Ramon Harewood (head) is probable for Sunday's game against the Texans. That includes no mention of Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, both

Pollard has strong words for Ravens' struggling defense

Safety Bernard Pollard walked into the middle of a throng of reporters Wednesday and didn't hold back in the slightest. The seven-year veteran had strong language, perhaps the kind not for younger ears or eyes, when talking about the performance of the Ravens defense this season. Baltimore ranks 26th in the NFL in total defense (396.7 yards allowed per game), 26th in run defense and

Jacoby Jones named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Jacoby Jones' NFL record-tying 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown did more than make the difference in the Ravens' 31-29 win over the Cowboys Sunday. It brought Jones individual accolades, too, as the veteran wide receiver/return specialist has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. On Wednesday, Jones reflected on the return, the longest in Ravens history. He decided to take it out

Suggs back at practice, Lewis remains longshot to return

After spending the first six weeks of the regular season on the physically unable to perform list, linebacker Terrell Suggs is back at practice. The Ravens activated him Wednesday and Suggs participated in the morning walkthrough at the team's training complex in Owings Mills. Coach John Harbaugh cautioned that the team isn't looking too far ahead with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year as

Replacing Lewis and Webb by committee (Rainey promoted)

When building the Ravens defense, Ozzie Newsome certainly didn't establish equivalent contingency plans for losing the team's best cornerback and star middle linebacker six games into the season. There are no clones of Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis waiting to step in now that the talented duo is done for the season. So moving forward, starting Sunday at the 5-1 Houston Texans, the Ravens will

Ray Lewis has torn triceps, out for the season

This day just keeps getting worse and worse for the Ravens. According to multiple media outlets, coach John Harbaugh just told reporters that linebacker Ray Lewis has a complete tear in his right triceps and will miss the remainder of the season. Earlier today, news broke that cornerback Lardarius Webb was lost for the year with a torn left ACL. Now, Baltimore's defensive leader, a

Webb has torn ACL, done for season

News has trickled out this morning that coach John Harbaugh's worst fears about Lardarius Webb have been realized. Webb, the Ravens' top cornerback, tore the ACL in his left knee during the first half of Sunday's win over the Cowboys, according to multiple reports. The injury will cost Webb the rest of his first season since signing a six-year, $50 million extension. Webb had 25

Injuries make it harder on Ravens, run defense in win over Cowboys

The first Ravens defensive player to go down was cornerback Lardarius Webb. Then it was defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who later returned after a trip to the locker room. Later on, cornerback Jimmy Smith, linebacker Ray Lewis and nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu all spent time on the sidelines. It was so bad that Baltimore finished the 31-29 victory over Dallas with all but Ngata out

Another tight win for Ravens

Since winning their opener 44-13, the Ravens have had their last five games decided by a combined 14 points. Sunday's 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys was the latest anxiety-inducing, knee-rattling game in a string of them. And this one had a dynamite finish for those wearing purple. The Ravens might've allowed a team-record 227 rushing yards against them, lost several defensive starters and let

Jones' return nets NFL record, 24-13 Ravens lead (Ravens win 31-29)

If it hasn't been mentioned here before, Jacoby Jones is fast. Mighty fast. Cheetah fast. It has been an eventful game at M&T Bank Stadium and an especially active start to the second half. Dallas started by cutting the Ravens' lead to 17-13. Moments later, Jones took the ensuing kickoff eight yards deep in his own end zone, but clearly saw promising enough blocking in

Ravens turn to the pass to take 17-10 halftime lead (Now it's 17-13)

Yes, the Ravens trailed 10-3 as recently as the middle of the second quarter. Instead of literally limping into halftime, Baltimore goes roaring into the locker room having scored 14 straight points for a 17-10 edge. The latest score victimized the vaunted Cowboys pass defense as Joe Flacco turned to the air over and over and over and over and over and over again. Is

Webb hurts left knee (Ngata returns, Webb won't)

On top of the fact that the Cowboys rolled up 94 rushing yards and 141 overall to the Ravens' 68 in the first quarter, top cornerback Lardarius Webb is questionable to return. On the first play of this drive, Webb went down grabbing his left knee when covering Dez Bryant. Webb had to be helped off the field and has since been taken to the

Ravens stick to balance vs. NFL's top pass defense for early lead (Ravens tie it)

The Cowboys bring the NFL's top-ranked pass defense to M&T Bank Stadium this afternoon. What do Cam Cameron and Joe Flacco seem to think of that? Not a whole lot, so far. The Ravens balanced the pass and run well to jump out to a 3-0 lead on the opening drive of the game - five passes and eight runs to put Justin Tucker in

Harewood, Reid, Thompson among Ravens' inactives, B. Williams expected to start at guard

The Ravens' offensive line will take on a slightly different look against the Cowboys with Bobbie Williams expected to take over at left guard for Ramon Harewood, who started the first five games this season. Williams, a 12-year veteran who started every game he played in eight seasons with Cincinnati before signing with Baltimore, will make his first start in black and purple. Not only

Ravens' defense looks to get on track against Romo, Cowboys

As Jamaal Charles ran out of running room and the Ravens' defense began to resemble the stifling unit that has allowed the NFL's second-fewest yards since 2000, the second half of last Sunday's 9-6 win over the Chiefs might've marked a turning point. Without centerpiece Terrell Suggs and with aging key components on defense, Baltimore has allowed yards at an alarming clip entering Sunday's visit

Ngata, Reid probable for Sunday vs. Cowboys

Aside from uncertainty surrounding Terrell Suggs' return, the Ravens head into Sunday's visit from the Dallas Cowboys with pretty much their entire roster at their disposal. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) and offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) were both listed as probable on Friday's injury report while Baltimore had no one else listed. No one out, doubtful or questionable. Ngata was limited in practice all

Harbaugh: When Suggs will return still unclear

On Monday, ESPN reported that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs' most realistic return date is Nov. 4 rather than against the Texans on Oct. 21, when he's eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list. Suggs' return would be ideal by early November with a stretch of two games against the Steelers in three weeks coming between Nov. 18-Dec. 2. Suggs has been out

Although outplayed, Ravens improve to 4-1 with 9-6 win at K.C.

The Ravens made a living on winning ugly for years. So consider Sunday's 9-6 victory over the Chiefs a throwback. It might not have been the most thrilling or statistically sound offensive showing. But the Ravens don't likely care that no one broke the goal-line plane. All nine points came off Kansas City turnovers, so it didn't matter that Baltimore finished with an unimpressive 298

Ravens converting Cassel turnovers into points (Chiefs cut it to 9-6)

The Ravens dodged what appeared to be a sure Chiefs lead after fumbling the opening kickoff of the second half. Kansas City started with the ball at the Baltimore 29 and drove all the way to the 1. But as has been the Chiefs' bane all season, another turnover cost them points. Quarterback Matt Cassel fumbled a snap at the 1 and it tumbled forward

Points on the board for Ravens (Chiefs tie it up)

Six plays after Courtney Upshaw forced and a recovered a fumble by Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, the Ravens got on the scoreboard first at Arrowhead Stadium. Baltimore advanced all the way to the Chiefs' 10-yard line with the big play coming from Ray Rice - a 37-yard run to the Kansas City 12. The Ravens stalled after two more yards, and Justin Tucker came through

Ravens hope Charles not in charge for Chiefs

On paper, a meeting between the NFL's second-ranked offense (Chiefs) with the league's 23rd-ranked defense (Ravens) wouldn't seem like much of a match-up at all. Yet, one of those teams takes a 3-1 record into Sunday's game while the other is 1-3 and a significant underdog. The Ravens rode their high-flying offense and a defense with a penchant for stops at the right moments to

Ravens head to Kansas City with nearly empty injury report

Just as in recent weeks, the Ravens appear to be much closer to full strength than their opponent. Baltimore heads into this Sunday's game at the Kansas City with just two players on its injury report. Tackle Jah Reid (calf) is listed as questionable and wideout Torrey Smith (ankle) is listed as probable. Reid, who started 15 games last year, has yet to play this

Ravens' offensive start anything but

In recent seasons, game-planning for the Ravens' offense wasn't all that complicated - stop Ray Rice and the gears should stall. Watch Joe Flacco confidently spray the ball around the field now, and it's clear this unit is far from the same. Torrey Smith. Anquan Boldin. Dennis Pitta. Jacoby Jones. Vonta Leach. Ed Dickson. Weapons aplenty, so fantasy football owners can't be happy owning any

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