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Harbaugh: "It's a whole new season" (plus notes)

As the temperatures decline, the competitive heat rises in the NFL with the playoffs getting under way next weekend. The Ravens begin with a home date against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at 1 p.m., and coach John Harbaugh is excited about the prospect of a playoff atmosphere at M&T Bank Stadium. He's also keyed up for the feeling of everyone starting from scratch now

Ravens fall 23-17, will host Colts in wild card match-up

The Ravens won't have to wait on the Patriots' result to see who they'll play during wild card weekend. By virtue of Baltimore's 23-17 loss to the Bengals, the 10-6 Ravens will host Andrew Luck and the Colts, who beat the Texans on Sunday to finish 11-5. Indianapolis won five of its final six games while the Ravens dropped four of their last five. The

Full rest mode on for Ravens at Cincy (tied at halftime)

Coach John Harbaugh clearly went with the "rest up" side of the balancing act he faced today in Cincinnati. Quarterback Joe Flacco lasted two series at the Bengals and backup Tyrod Taylor has taken over in the first quarter. Wideout Anquan Boldin, linebacker Terrell Suggs, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, safety Bernard Pollard and guard Marshal Yanda aren't even in uniform. Today's contest is looking like

Momentum or rest more important to Ravens heading into playoffs?

For those people believing the Ravens should take the final week of the regular season to rest up and get ready for the playoffs, you might want to rethink your position. It's true that the Ravens own a 10-5 record and have nothing but the AFC's third seed to play for Sunday at Cincinnati. So logic would lead one to think it makes the most

Boldin, Ngata, Yanda questionable for Sunday at Cincinnati

After weeks and weeks of injuries being the story of the Ravens' season, the team has next to none to speak of heading into Sunday's finale at Cincinnati. Could the Ravens be getting healthy at just the right time? The playoffs are a little more than a week away, and Baltimore could have all key players other than Lardarius Webb and Jameel McClain available by

Ed Reed non-committal about his future in football

Ed Reed has put together a remarkable 11-year career with the Ravens, emerging as one of the greatest, hardest-hitting, play-making safeties of all time. Multiple times in recent years, Reed has hinted at retirement and at 34, that could become a reality once this season comes to a close. Last offseason, Reed made news by threatening to hold out and by saying he wasn't "100

Ray Rice named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Much has been made of the fact that Ray Rice's touches have been down this season. The Ravens running back reminded everyone what he can do with the ball in his hands Sunday against the Giants, and was rewarded for it with AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors today. Rice ran 24 times for 107 yards to go with six catches for 51 yards

Six Ravens voted to Pro Bowl, four named starters

The Ravens will be well represented in Hawaii on Jan. 27 with six members of the team selected to play in this year's Pro Bowl. Safety Ed Reed, fullback Vonta Leach, guard Marshal Yanda and return specialist Jacoby Jones were named starters while defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and running back Ray Rice were selected as reserves. Safety Bernard Pollard was named a first alternate to

Ray Lewis activated, but expected out until playoffs

The Ravens activated linebacker Ray Lewis this afternoon in what amounts to a procedural move. To create space on the active roster, the team placed LaQuan Williams on injured reserve. According to an NFL.com report, Lewis is still not expected to play this week in Baltimore's season finale, just as coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. The move to add Lewis to the 53-man roster will

Chykie Brown more than secondary in secondary

A year ago, Chykie Brown was a non-factor after being selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. He appeared in seven games, starting none. This season, Brown has begun rounding into a player the Ravens can rely on. The second-year cornerback out of Texas has steadily improved since being thrust into a more significant role because of injuries to Lardarius Webb and Jimmy

Harbaugh faces balancing act in regular season finale (plus notes)

With the AFC North crown and the home playoff game that comes with it wrapped up, the Ravens have little to play for Sunday at Cincinnati. That leaves coach John Harbaugh facing the dilemma of how to approach the regular season finale. It wouldn't be as much of an issue if the team hadn't faced such significant health problems all year with numerous major injuries

Ravens' offense returns to early season form

The Ravens' defense played well in keeping Eli Manning from getting going, limiting the offense to 186 yards. Baltimore's special teams did its part, too, with four Justin Tucker field goals. But above all, the offense carried the Ravens to the end of their slide with a season-best performance that reminded folks why the team began the year so well. The Ravens racked up season

Ravens clinch second straight AFC North crown (plus Ray Lewis' status)

It had been a while since the Ravens could hug each other on the sideline, high five and congratulate one another for a job well done. On Sunday, they could smile a little easier and relax a little more once they accomplished what they hoped would come much sooner - their second straight AFC North championship. A three-game losing streak, the team's first since 2009,

Boldin hurts shoulder, return doubtful (Ravens win 33-14)

Anquan Boldin's big day has likely been cut a little short. The Ravens wideout suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter and is doubtful to return, the team announced. One week after being held without a catch, Boldin responded today with seven receptions for 93 yards against the Giants. He had much to do with the Ravens taking a 27-7 lead into the fourth

Rice's first TD reception of year has Ravens in control at half (up 27-7)

The Ravens' offense can apparently do it all against the struggling Giants. Joe Flacco chose the risky route for his latest feat, completing a gorgeous slant pass to Ray Rice in the middle of three New York defenders. Triple coverage didn't burn Flacco, as Rice not only made the catch, but took the ball the rest of the way to the end zone for a

Flacco, Ravens drive for early lead vs. Giants (Ravens up 17-7)

Joe Flacco and the Ravens just might've found a team struggling worse than they are in the New York Giants. Flacco led Baltimore on an impressive methodical first drive that gave the team a 7-0 lead in the middle of the first quarter. Flacco completed six of eight attempts for 29 yards and a touchdown while Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce combined to run for

T. Smith, Ellerbe, Dickson, Yanda active, Pollard out vs. Giants

The Ravens will be getting plenty of help from the returns of several starters this afternoon against the Giants. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle) and tight end Ed Dickson (knee) both are back after missing the last three games. Offensive lineman Marshal Yanda returns after sitting out last Sunday with a sprained ankle. Both wideout Torrey Smith and running back Bernard Pierce are active after leaving

Ray Lewis unlikely to return before playoffs (Hamilton added to roster)

The Ravens filled linebacker Jameel McClain's spot on the roster Saturday, but not in the way some expected. McClain was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a spinal contusion and the team elevated linebacker Adrian Hamilton from its practice to the 53-man roster. So Ray Lewis won't be activated from injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Giants. In fact, the NFL Network is reporting

Ravens aim to secure AFC North crown in home finale vs. Giants

Every week in December, the Ravens have headed into Sunday with clinching the AFC North championship a possibility. They're hoping try No. 4 will get the job done. This time, as was the case last week, it's all on them. Baltimore doesn't need any help, just a victory - one that would snap a three-game losing streak, the team's longest in three years - to

Pollard doubtful, seven Ravens questionable for Sunday vs. Giants

While tight end Ed Dickson and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe appear closer to a return, Ravens tackles leader Bernard Pollard will likely miss his second straight contest with a chest injury. Before last week, Pollard hadn't sat out a game since the 2010 season finale. The Ravens have now listed him as doubtful for Sunday against the Giants. The team had already announced that linebacker Jameel

Flacco upbeat about working out extension with Ravens (Lewis' roster spot)

One topic that hasn't come up since right before the season is the contract status of Joe Flacco. There were rumors aplenty that the Ravens and their quarterback were working on a deal during the offseason, but it never came to fruition and Flacco went into this year, the final season on his rookie contract, without a secure future in purple and black. Flacco's fifth

Pollard says he's doing everything he can to return Sunday

Safety Bernard Pollard hasn't been one to miss games, even when hurting, since entering the NFL in 2006. In his first six seasons, Pollard sat out just four games, so that made his absence from Sunday's loss to the Broncos all the more noticeable. The Ravens safety sat out a game for the first time in two seasons, and he's working toward making sure his

Should Ravens hold Ray Lewis out until the playoffs?

Now that the Ravens have a playoff berth in tow, they might need to consider an interesting quandary: Is it worth keeping linebacker Ray Lewis out until the postseason? Lewis has made a speedy recovery from surgery to repair a torn triceps, putting himself in position to return from what had been perceived as a season-ending injury. He has been practicing with Baltimore and was

Jameel McClain out for the season (other notes from Harbaugh presser)

One day after suffering their third straight defeat, the Ravens announced that their already-depleted linebacker corps will be without a key piece for the rest of the year. Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Jameel McClain will miss the remainder of the season with a spinal cord contusion he suffered against the Redskins. "He's seen two specialists now," Harbaugh said. "He'll probably not have time

Pick-six at end of first half "changed the game" (plus injury notes)

The Ravens weren't passing off any responsibility for what took place at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. They suffered a damaging 34-17 loss to the Broncos and it was their fault. Turnovers, one in particular, made the difference between Baltimore making a game of it with the AFC West champions and letting Denver win its ninth straight contest pretty easily. After converting just one first

Harbaugh: Despite slide, Ravens' dreams still alive (playoff berth clinched)

Back-to-back losses, let alone three in a row, has been unheard of for the Ravens since 2009. And how about two straight home defeats? Also rare. But Baltimore is in the middle of its worst slide in three years - three consecutive defeats, including two straight at home for the first time since 2007 - and because of that, its once comfortable padding atop the

Ravens' T. Smith, Pierce out with concussions (Ravens lose 34-17)

The Ravens just announced that wideout Torrey Smith and running back Bernard Pierce will not return to today's game because of concussions. Smith had one catch for 14 yards and suffered the injury on the non-catch that Baltimore unsuccessfully challenged. Pierce ran five times for 20 yards before leaving the game. If their losses go beyond this afternoon, it'll be two significant hits to an

Another Flacco turnover sends Ravens into halftime reeling (Broncos score again)

The Ravens finally found a rhythm, moving the ball from their own 20 to the Broncos' 4 late in the second quarter. It seemed that all of a sudden Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense had gotten itself together after converting just one first down on its first five possessions. And then Flacco got a little greedy. Looking for Anquan Boldin just across the goal

Flacco fumble helps Broncos take early lead (Ravens trail 10-0)

Quarterback Joe Flacco might need to apply glue to his hands the way his last five games have gone. Flacco fumbled on his third snap of the game, trying to lean forward for a Ravens first down on third-and-1. That gave the Broncos the ball at their own 47-yard line, and set Peyton Manning up with a short field. Manning didn't waste it, driving Denver

Suggs to play, Lewis to sit (Dickson, Ellerbe, Pollard, Yanda inactive)

The Ravens won't have to take on the streaking Broncos without their top linebacker after all. Terrell Suggs is expected to play today after sitting out last Sunday's loss to the Redskins because of torn biceps, according to ESPN and the NFL Network. Ray Lewis will not suit up the first game he's eligible to return, however. The team did not activate him from injured

Scorching Manning, Broncos in way of Ravens snapping skid

The Ravens have lost two in a row for the first time in three seasons. The Bengals won Thursday night. The Steelers are a victory at Dallas away from matching Cincinnati at 8-6. To say that the Ravens are in dire need of a win Sunday is putting it lightly, and the timing couldn't be much worse with the hottest team in the NFL coming

Dickson doubtful, Suggs questionable for Sunday vs. Broncos

Terrell Suggs was nearly able to play last week before a last-minute decision to hold him out. This week, it appears he'll again have a chance to suit up and take the field, despite his torn biceps. Suggs was one of eight players listed as questionable on the Ravens' Friday injury report. Linebacker Jameel McClain (neck) had already been ruled out and tight end Ed

Matt Birk nominated for 2013 Bart Starr Award

For the 26th straight year, Athletes in Action will honor one NFL player for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community with the Bart Starr Award. And for the 2013 award, Ravens center Matt Birk has been named one of 10 nominees. The other nine are: * Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles * Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings * Matt

Ravens players react to the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron

Joe Flacco was "stunned" and "surprised" when coach John Harbaugh called to deliver the Ravens quarterback news that the team had dismissed offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday morning. That reaction was shared by several members of the struggling squad. Flacco admitted he feels somewhat responsible for Cameron losing his job. "No doubt," Flacco told reporters. "I think as an offense, we have to look

Ravens rule out Jameel McClain for Sunday vs. Broncos

The Ravens could now potentially be without four of their top five linebackers when quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos come to town for a key AFC match-up Sunday. Baltimore announced Wednesday that Jameel McClain has been ruled out because of the neck injury he suffered against the Redskins. "Nothing major there, but he will not make it to this game, and we're going

Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson suspended four games for PEDs

The NFL just announced that Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Jackson's suspension begins immediately and in he would be eligible to return to the active roster the day after the Ravens' first postseason game. The rookie Jackson has appeared in one game this season, recording one tackle.

Flacco needs to improve pocket presence

Since Joe Flacco's exceptional start to the season, the fifth-year Ravens quarterback seems to have slowly tailed off. The area that has been most noticeable is in the way he handles himself in the pocket. Notorious for holding the ball too long and being a little indecisive at times earlier in his career, Flacco seems to be struggling with that again. Flacco performed quite well

Suggs, Lewis might play Sunday

One game after playing without Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis for the first time since Suggs broke into the league in 2003, the Ravens could have a chance to get both back. Coach John Harbaugh said both injured linebackers might be available to play when the Broncos come to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. Harbaugh said Suggs was close to being able to play Sunday,

Harbaugh addresses decision to change offensive coordinators

One overtime loss and two tight defeats in a row weren't what precipitated the Ravens' decision to part ways with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday morning. Coach John Harbaugh made sure to get that message across when meeting with the media this afternoon. Harbaugh spent more time praising Cameron than he did providing specifics about why the change was made, with quarterbacks coach Jim

Harbaugh: Firing Cameron "the hardest thing I've ever had to do as a coach"

The Ravens just made it official - Cam Cameron is out as offensive coordinator and Jim Caldwell is in. Coach John Harbaugh released a lengthy statement about the decision: "I have made a coaching change, and Jim Caldwell will take over as the offensive coordinator, which includes play-calling duties. "My charge - our responsibility as a coaching staff - is to maximize the opportunities for

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron fired by Ravens (with Mason reaction)

The Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron Monday, according to multiple reports. Quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell, the former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, will take over for Cameron. Earlier this morning, buzz started to spread that a major change would be coming to the team's coaching staff when former ESPN personality Dan Patrick said as much on his syndicated radio show. But it now

Ravens' playoff position less comfortable after loss (plus injury notes)

LANDOVER, Md. - Whether the Ravens want to admit it or not, the fact that the Steelers and Bengals both lost Sunday had to make their late collapse at FedEx Field sting a little more. Had Baltimore been able to tack on one more score or kept the Redskins from reaching the red zone on the final drive of regulation, it would have the AFC

Crazy finish to wild Ravens defeat vs. Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. - Twice in two weeks, the Ravens have sustained a defeat on the last play of the game. Four weeks in a row, they have had contests decided by a field goal. This has been a difficult run for Baltimore, which had the Redskins trailing by eight points heading into the final possession of regulation, only to surrender the last 11 points of

Redskins start second-half scoring (Ravens lose 31-28)

LANDOVER, Md. - The Ravens had an opportunity to make it a two-possession game when they started the second half with the ball. Instead, their first turnover of the contest has let the Redskins pull to within 21-17 early in the third quarter. Washington linebacker Rob Jackson burned around the Ravens' line, sacking Joe Flacco, forcing a fumble and recovering it at the Baltimore 46.

Boldin, Ravens draw even with Redskins (Ravens up 21-14 at half)

LANDOVER, Md. - Joe Flacco and Anquan Boldin seem to be so in sync, it's as if they have a mind-meld going on at FedEx Field. The two have connected for two of Flacco's six completions, and both have gone for touchdowns. The latest was a 31-yard loft to Boldin that drew the Ravens even with the Redskins at 14-14 nearly five minutes into the

Redskins steamroll Ravens for early lead (End of first quarter)

LANDOVER, Md. - The Ravens have to hope the Redskins' first drive of the day isn't the tone-setter for today's contest. Washington put together a 10-play, 80-yard drive that took 5:22 off the clock on the way to taking a 7-0 lead right away. Robert Griffin III didn't need the option once during the drive, either, using his arm and letting rookie Alfred Morris handle

Terrell Suggs out for Ravens-Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. - Terrell Suggs' torn biceps will cause him to miss at least one game, as the Ravens' linebacker won't play today at FedEx Field. This will be the first game since Suggs joined Baltimore in 2003 that both he and fellow linebacker Ray Lewis are out. Suggs is joined on the Ravens' inactive list by cornerback Jimmy Smith, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, offensive lineman

Ravens look to bounce back vs. RGIII, unique Redskins offense

There will be nothing traditional or ho-hum about the Ravens' attempt to bounce back from last week's loss to the Steelers because their opponent is anything but. If Baltimore needed a look at a normal pro offense to get on track - one where the quarterback remains stationed in the pocket and the running backs scour the line looking for openings - it won't get

Ravens able to clinch AFC North, playoff spot Sunday

The Ravens might've missed a chance to clinch the AFC North or a playoff spot a week ago, but they'll get another opportunity Sunday against the Redskins. At 9-3, Baltimore can secure the division title with a win and a Steelers loss to the Chargers and a Bengals loss to the Cowboys. The Ravens can clinch a playoff spot with a win and either a

Dickson, Ellerbe ruled out vs. Redskins

There won't be any questions about the statuses of tight end Ed Dickson and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe as game time approaches Sunday. Dickson (knee) and Ellerbe (ankle) have been ruled out for the Ravens' visit to the Redskins on Friday's injury report. Dickson and Ellerbe will both will miss a second straight game. There were some positive developments on the report, however. Cornerback Jimmy Smith

Suggs returns to practice in limited capacity

Terrell Suggs' status for Sunday's game might remain in doubt, but in what can only be a good sign, the Ravens' star linebacker returned to practice Thursday. Yes, Suggs' participation was limited, but it's a step forward from Wednesday when he didn't practice at all. The fact that he practiced doesn't likely affect whether he'll be able to play through his torn right biceps. As

Suggs to try to play through torn biceps, should be game-time decision Sunday

On Wednesday, Terrell Suggs spoke with the media for the first time since being diagnosed with torn right biceps suffered in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. It is the Ravens linebacker's second major injury in less than a year, but this time, he plans to try to play through it. Whether that means Suggs will play Sunday at the Washington Redskins isn't yet known. "We

Ray Lewis returns to practice

Once thought to be lost for the season following surgery, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returned to practice Wednesday afternoon. Lewis suffered torn right triceps late in Baltimore's Oct. 14 win over the Cowboys. He was placed on injured reserve, but utilizing new NFL rules, the team designated him to return before the end of the season. Lewis is making strides toward getting back, but he

Suggs has upper arm injury, Harbaugh talks handshake (torn biceps for Suggs)

Although the Ravens escaped Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Steelers mostly unscathed outside of the win-loss department, they have one major player whose health is a concern. Linebacker Terrell Suggs suffered an injury to his upper right arm, coach John Harbaugh told reporters Monday, and the team doesn't yet know the extent of it. Suggs has already endured one long-term injury this season, missing the

Ravens fail to move to brink of AFC North title (plus Suggs non-update)

The Ravens had an opportunity to eliminate the Steelers from the AFC North race Sunday. They entered the game at 9-2 with a three-game division lead over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, and they'll end the day in a more tenuous position. Both the Steelers and Bengals won to each improve to 7-5. At 9-3, Baltimore now holds a two-game lead over both teams. Had the Ravens

Ravens let Steelers "off the hook" to see home winning streak snapped

The Ravens seemed to have this one in hand. A 10-point lead late in the first half and a seven-point lead with less than eight minutes to go. Third-string quarterback Charlie Batch playing for the Steelers one week after an atrocious effort. A reeling Pittsburgh team that seemed on its way to continuing its spiral because of turnovers and quality defense on the Ravens' side.

Rice returns lead to Ravens (Steelers win 23-20)

With less than five minutes to go in the third quarter, Ray Rice had been mostly invisible for this contest with 34 yards on his first 10 carries. The Ravens' star tailback reappeared in a massive way on his change-of-direction counter run for a 34-yard touchdown with 4:50 to go in the third quarter, returning the lead to Baltimore, 20-13. That doubled Rice's total to

Boldin, Ravens widening gap vs. Steelers (Tied again at 13-13)

Anquan Boldin has unquestionable talent and the back-to-back plays he just put together just might make the difference in what traditionally has been a low-scoring series between the Ravens and Steelers. Boldin first eluded defensive back Cortez Allen down the visiting sideline to slow up and make a 31-yard catch. One play later, he didn't play games, just burning Allen down the sideline for a

Steelers take early lead in Baltimore (Ravens move ahead 6-3)

The Steelers have struck first at M&T Bank Stadium, in large park because tailback Jonathan Dwyer is quite a handful, literally. The burly 5-foot-11, 229-lb. runner rushed five times for 25 yards to help Pittsburgh put kicker Shaun Suisham in range for a 46-yard field goal. Suisham drilled it and the Steelers lead 3-0 about eight minutes into the contest. The Ravens showed an interesting

Dickson and Ellerbe out, McPhee active for Ravens vs. Steelers

The Ravens and Steelers will both be a bit shorthanded for this afternoon's critical AFC North contest at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore will be without tight end Ed Dickson (knee) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, knee, finger). Dickson had played in all 11 games, starting nine, while Ellerbe is second on the team in tackles. Brendon Ayanbadejo is slated to start at linebacker in Ellerbe's

Much on the line as strengthened Steelers visit Ravens

Ben Roethlisberger might not be back in black and gold Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, but a wavy-haired safety and fleet-footed wide receiver could return for the Steelers. With Troy Polamalu likely back on defense and Antonio Brown probably back on offense, the Ravens will be hosting a healthier, stronger Steelers team than they saw at Heinz Field two weeks ago. And a more

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