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Back with Ravens, Vonta Leach feels like he never left

Vonta Leach's road from the Ravens ... well, to the Ravens hasn't been the easiest one. The All-Pro fullback visited the Miami Dolphins after being released by Baltimore on June 11 and considered multiple other teams before deciding to return to the Ravens on a more cap-friendly contract. No matter what it was like shopping for the right job, Leach is glad to have his

Notes on the new Pro Bowl format, McKinnie, Harewood, Anthony, Yanda

The NFL announced Wednesday that it will be utilizing a new Pro Bowl format, doing away with an AFC-NFC showdown in favor of a fantasy draft. Among the other changes is no more kickoffs - perhaps to address player safety - with a coin toss determining initial possession. The ball will be placed at the 25-yard line after scores and at the start of each

Ravens re-sign Vonta Leach

The Ravens never closed the door on bringing All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach back for a third season with the team. And Leach clearly didn't move on from them. Baltimore re-signed Leach on Monday afternoon, coach John Harbaugh told reporters. Leach's return will certainly make star tailback Ray Rice happy after two years of running behind perhaps the most effective lead blocker in the NFL. The

Ravens sign veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe

The Ravens have acted quickly following the season-ending injury suffered by tight end Dennis Pitta, a prognosis confirmed by the team Sunday. Baltimore signed tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to a one-year contract this afternoon, bringing the 10-year veteran back to his home state. The 33-year-old was born in Laurel, Md., and played his college ball for Morgan State. Shiancoe expressed excitement to join the Ravens.

Pitta dislocates hip in practice, expected to be out for the year

The Ravens' offense took a significant hit this afternoon when tight end Dennis Pitta was carted off the practice field with a dislocated hip, according to multiple media reports. Pitta suffered the injury in a collision with safety James Ihedigbo, and coach John Harbaugh told reporters that he will miss at least the Sept. 5 season opener at Denver. The 28-year-old Pitta is entering his

Notes on Leach, McKinnie, Ngata, Ogden, more

On the second official day of Ravens training camp, left tackle Bryant McKinnie made it back onto the practice field ... but he didn't last the whole time. Coach John Harbaugh told reporters that McKinnie, who's listed at 6-foot-8 and 360 pounds, is still too heavy to make it through a whole practice after sitting out the first day entirely. "He's carrying a little too

McKinnie sits out of first full-squad workout (Webb, McClain notes)

After an upbeat offseason that saw Bryant McKinnie be a regular participant in team activities, the Ravens left tackle was held out of the first full-squad workout of training camp. The reason? The same one that has hampered McKinnie in recent years. "Bryant is just too heavy right now. He needs to lose weight," coach John Harbaugh told reporters Thursday. "My guess is he lost

Jacoby Jones passes conditioning test, to be activated for start of camp

Jacoby Jones' stay on the non-football injury list will end up a brief one. Jones, the Ravens' No. 2 wideout entering training camp, has passed his mandatory conditioning test and will be activated to participate in the first full-squad workout of training camp today, according to The Sun. Jones had failed the conditioning test over the weekend, leading to his placement on the non-football injury

Dumervil: "I want a ring. ... That's one of the reasons I chose to come here"

Elvis Dumervil wasn't wearing purple when the Ravens were taking down the 49ers in New Orleans. His season was over, thanks to a heartbreaking decision in Denver three weeks earlier. Well, it was heartbreaking to the star linebacker and his Broncos teammates at least. Dumervil has since changed sides after a contract snafu with Denver that led him to the Ravens' laps. And he came

Suggs happy and healthy as veterans report to training camp

At this time last year, linebacker Terrell Suggs was preparing to be more of a bystander than an active participant in Ravens training camp. An offseason Achilles tendon injury sent him under the knife and cost him the first six games of the season. Torn biceps later limited him during the team's stretch run and sprint to the Super Bowl. So reporting to camp on

Flacco: "Our expectations are high. ... We expect to win"

Joe Flacco has watched several mainstays he knew as Ravens fixtures move on or retire. He has seen his own stock rise to the point that he won Super Bowl XLVII MVP and earned a $120 million contract that was the richest in NFL history at the time he signed in March. (It has since been surpassed by Aaron Rodgers' $130.75 million pact with the

Jameel McClain's slow-to-heal spine an early red flag? (Webb, Yanda, J. Jones updates)

Perhaps the Ravens' biggest question heading into their first training camp without Ray Lewis is how to replace the longtime face of the franchise. As for who assumes the leadership role, that seems like less of an issue with quarterback Joe Flacco, tailback Ray Rice, linebacker Terrell Suggs and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata still in place. But when it comes to his on-field role as

Jacoby Jones placed on non-football injury list, early camp roster taking shape

The Ravens made several roster moves Monday - ones typical of teams about to get training camp under way - with the headliner being wideout Jacoby Jones placed on the non-football injury list, according to The Sun. The move means Jones either suffered an injury off the field or didn't pass his conditioning test. The same happened with left tackle Bryant McKinnie when he arrived

Flacco jumps five spots to No. 4 on Ron Jaworski's QB countdown

The debate before and during the 2012 season was whether Joe Flacco was one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks. No one's making much of an argument to the contrary anymore, certainly not ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski. Flacco made a significant jump in Jaworski's quarterback countdown, as the Ravens' franchise passer was unveiled today as No. 4 on the list, behind only the yet-to-be-ranked Tom Brady,

First-rounder Matt Elam agrees in principle to rookie contract with Ravens

The Ravens have finished getting their entire draft class under contract with their most important pick coming last. This morning, first-round safety Matt Elam agreed in principle to a four-year rookie contract, which includes a fifth-year option. The deal is worth $6.767 million and includes a $3.301 signing bonus, according to The Sun. Elam is expected to officially sign his contract when he reports to

Ray Lewis to join Ravens' Ring of Honor on Sept. 22

Ray Lewis' remarkable career was honored by his teammates with the Ravens' Super Bowl run. The city of Baltimore threw its goodbye party at his final home game - a playoff win over Indianapolis - and the championship parade. Now the organization will be immortalizing the future Hall of Fame linebacker by bestowing its highest honor, inducting him into the Ravens' Ring of Honor on

A fans' guide to seeing Ravens in training camp

Oh, where has the time gone? Football season is almost here again. Just nine days from now, the Ravens report to training camp to gear up for their "Don't call it a Super Bowl defense" season. With Baltimore holding their preseason practices at the Under Armour Performance Center rather than a local college or the like, fans' ability to watch the team gear up for

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