While the trade deadlines in baseball, hockey and basketball are exciting days full of wheeling and dealing, the NFL’s just isn’t the same.
Maybe it’s the salary-cap structure or the value of draft picks.
But movement is sparse at the NFL trade deadline, and that was again the case Thursday.
Baltimore isn’t without needs, especially after the slew of injuries to the defense. The team could’ve used help in the secondary or in the defensive front seven. The Ravens might’ve even benefited from an additional offensive lineman. But most teams have similar needs they didn’t address.
Trading is a bit more common on draft day and in the offseason, but the 5-2 Ravens stood pat as another deadline passed.
In a completely unrelated topic, the Ravens’ injury report has taken on a completely different look since the team was fined $20,000 for not including Ed Reed while he played with a torn labrum.
While the list included just a handful of players over the first seven weeks of the regular season, every member of the squad with a minor tweak or scratch appears to be on it now.
Thursday’s practice report included 16 players, four of which haven’t been able to practice fully:
* Defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) did not participate Wednesday or Thursday.
* Wideout Jacoby Jones (foot) was limited in practice both days.
* Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) did not participate Thursday.
* Cornerback Jimmy Smith (abs) was limited both days.
As for the ailing players who were able to fully participate both days: cornerback Chykie Brown (ankle), tight end Ed Dickson (hand), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hand), safety James Ihedigbo (hand), defensive tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu (knee), McKinnie (thigh), tackle Michael Oher (ankle), tackle Kelechi Osemele (ankle), safety Bernard Pollard (chest), Reed (shoulder/chest), linebacker Terrell Suggs (ankle), and guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder).
Whew. Try reading that list in one breath. Guessing this will satisfy the league a bit more.