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Doss, Rainey, O. Brown among cuts as Ravens set 53-man roster

The Ravens made eight cuts Saturday to meet the NFL's deadline for setting their 53-man roster. Baltimore cut safety Omar Brown, wideout Tandon Doss, tight end Matt Furstenburg, defensive tackle Cody Larsen, guard Antoine McClain, running back Bobby Rainey, tackle J.J. 'Unga and veteran tight end Billy Bajema. Cornerback Asa Jackson and safety Christian Thompson automatically shifted to the reserved/suspended list. Perhaps the biggest surprises

Pitta could be designated to return, Harbaugh on receivers and roster

Ravens coach John Harbaugh covered a number of topics when meeting with the media Friday, only hours after the team made 12 roster moves. For one, he revealed that Gino Gradkowski has won the starting job at center, but the team thinks highly of A.Q. Shipley. He also told reporters that James Ihedigbo will start at strong safety as he has throughout the preseason, but

Ravens announce second round of cuts, yet to settle on receivers

The Ravens have until 6 p.m. Saturday to get their roster down to the regular season-mandated 53, and they got a jump on that today with 12 moves today. Baltimore announced it has waived running backs Anthony Allen and Delone Carter, offensive linemen Jordan Devey, Rogers Gaines and Reggie Stephens, linebackers Nigel Carr and Brandon Copeland, cornerback Marc Anthony, quarterback Dayne Crist and tight end

Receiver decisions won't be easy after this one (Ravens lose 24-21)

Marlon Brown, Aaron Mellette and Tandon Doss are not making this easy on the front office. The decisions at receiver are going to be highly difficult and haven't been cleared up tonight - but in a good way. All three have been productive with Brown's latest - a 50-yard touchdown reception with some nice speed after the catch - giving the Ravens a 21-17 lead

Bobby Rainey, Marlon Brown off to good starts (Mellette, too; Ravens down 17-14)

Tailback Bobby Rainey and wideout Marlon Brown are the kind of guys who have something to play for tonight, and both are performing well early on in St. Louis. The Ravens have made this a pretty typical fourth preseason game with few starters and veterans participating. If you were hoping to see Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, Elvis Dumervil, Lardarius Webb and Terrell Suggs,

What to watch in Ravens' preseason finale at Rams

As little as tonight's preseason finale matters to the Ravens' veterans, it certainly means a lot to younger players looking to realize their dream of making an NFL roster. Quarterback Joe Flacco won't play at St. Louis and backup Tyrod Taylor might not after undergoing concussion protocols all week. The fact that those two won't likely be on the field already colors the performances of

Jameel McClain to PUP list, Kapron Lewis-Moore to non-football injury list

On the heels of Sunday's first round of roster cuts, the Ravens have officially sidelined linebacker Jameel McClain and defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore for at least the first six weeks of the regular season. McClain was placed on the physically unable to perform list with a spinal cord contusion that has bothered him since late last season. Lewis-Moore, who was selected in the sixth round

Shiancoe, Berry, Harewood, Streeter among Ravens' first cuts

The Ravens announced their first round of cuts among a slew of roster moves Sunday, parting ways with 12 players, placing another on injured reserve and signing one. The biggest standout among those removed from the roster was tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, an 11-year veteran out of Morgan State who signed early in training camp. Shiancoe was clearly deemed repetitive since the signing of Dallas

Progress and mistakes made in Ravens' loss to Panthers

For a game the Ravens lost, whether it counted or not, coach John Harbaugh seemed to be in a good mood. At the end of the day, the team escaped the 34-27 defeat relatively healthy with only backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor a concern. Both the first-team offense and defense had their best showings of the preseason - even if it was tainted a bit by

Yanda and Webb on getting back in action

The Ravens welcomed back two of their most important players Thursday against the Carolina Panthers, and both were noticeable. Guard Marshal Yanda saw his first game action since shoulder surgery and cornerback Lardarius Webb saw his first since knee surgery. With Yanda in the game for the first quarter, Baltimore's offensive line received a clear boost both with improved run blocking and plenty of time

Promising start dulled by mistake-prone finish to first half (Ravens lose 34-27)

It's always good to think positively. Find the silver linings. Look for the encouraging signs so the discouraging ones don't feel so bad. For Ravens fans, you have the first-team defense. It has looked exceptional tonight, allowing just three points on Graham Gano's 54-yard field goal with 37 seconds to go in the second quarter. The unit has surrendered just five first downs and 67

Ravens' first-team offense starts with statement (Panthers up 21-7)

Now that's more like it. After a choppy, uneven and unsightly start to the preseason, the Ravens' first-team offense started its night by moving right down the field with easily its best drive in three exhibition contests. Coach John Harbaugh had called out the run blocking and running game overall. So Ray Rice opened the drive with a 13-yard scamper, nearly doubling the 17 yards

Webb, Yanda to make preseason debuts, McPhee out vs. Panthers

The Ravens welcome two of their top players back to action tonight in their preseason home finale. Cornerback Lardarius Webb and guard Marshal Yanda return to play after sitting out Baltimore's first two exhibition contests. Webb was out as the team eased him in coming back from knee surgery. Yanda was limited at the start of training camp coming off of offseason shoulder surgery. As

Ravens acquire running back Delone Carter from Colts

The Ravens have made their second trade with the Indianapolis Colts in a matter of four months, acquiring running back Delone Carter for wideout/return specialist David Reed, the team announced this afternoon. Carter is heading into enters his third NFL season after being selected by Indianapolis in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. The 5-foot-9, 232-pound rusher has appeared in 26 games, making three

What to watch in the all-important third preseason game

As is the case every year, the third preseason game is the real tune-up. The starters see their most extensive playing time, as coaches often rest the key players to keep them from getting hurt in the fourth preseason tilt. And that means it's the last chance for the players teams count on to gear up for when the games start to count. The Ravens'

Ravens cut cornerback Chris Johnson

The Ravens have cut cornerback Chris Johnson after the veteran had difficulty getting on the field so far during training camp, the team tweeted this afternoon. Johnson, 33, has been dealing with migraines that kept him from practicing and left him scratched from last week's preseason win over the Falcons. The 2003 seventh-round draft pick appeared in four games for the Ravens in 2012, forcing

Hearing from Mellette, Taylor, Jackson and Shipley

Aside from the rough performances from the players that matter most, there were plenty of reasons to walk away from Thursday night's win feeling good about the Ravens as they improved to 2-0 in the preseason. Wide receiver Aaron Mellette might just be a seventh-round pick out of Elon, but he's making it awfully difficult for the team to cut him loose. Mellette made a

Ravens' first units show they have plenty of work to do

Whether it be a penalty, a missed assignment, a poor block or a flubbed tackle, the Ravens' top offense and defense didn't leave coach John Harbaugh with much reason to be encouraged. Yes, the Ravens won, but as Harbaugh said, the first-teamers owed the backups a big high five for bailing them out. For the players that matter most, Thursday was a night to forget,

Ravens come back to take down Falcons 27-23

If there's anything to be taken from the Ravens' two preseason games so far, it's that their backups appear to be pretty good. The first-team offense and defense haven't generated a whole lot of excitement so far, and in Thursday night's 27-23 win over Atlanta, the units were downright awful. But backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor clearly has a grasp of the offense, and the front

Harbaugh: "That first half was as poorly as we could play" (Ravens take 27-23 lead)

If the fans were unsatisfied with seeing the Ravens beaten up in almost every area during a woeful first half, think of how coach John Harbaugh felt. Harbaugh didn't think much of his team's performance over the first 30 minutes against Atlanta, one which saw the Falcons walk off the field with a 20-7 lead and the Ravens make just one memorable play on offense.

Undisciplined Ravens fall behind early, take lead right back (Ugly first half)

Before tonight's preseason visit from Atlanta is even nine minutes old, the Ravens have already been flagged four times for 40 yards, including two 15-yard penalties. The defense is responsible for three of the infractions, and that helped the Falcons take a 3-0 lead. But just one play after Matt Bryant's 45-yard field goal, quarterback Joe Flacco connected with Torrey Smith for a simple slant

Webb, Yanda, Thompson, Dickson, Spears among Ravens' scratches vs. Falcons (Clark, too)

Lardarius Webb took the field for warmups in full uniform, but the Ravens continue to ease their top cornerback into action, announcing he will not play in tonight's preseason home opener against the Falcons. Webb, who is coming back from knee surgery, also did not play in the team's first preseason game. Also scratched for the Ravens are: cornerback Chris Johnson, linebacker Jameel McClain (spinal

What to watch in Ravens' preseason visit from Falcons

The Ravens have had a busy week, beginning with last Thursday's 44-16 victory over Tampa Bay in the preseason opener and continuing with the signings of veteran receivers Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokley. Baltimore is now a day away from its preseason home opener - Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against the Atlanta Falcons. Earlier this week, the team sent out a reminder about the new

Ravens yet to place Dennis Pitta on IR (plus Spears and center battle)

Although the Ravens have repeatedly said tight end Dennis Pitta is out for the year with a dislocated hip, the team isn't yet ready to make that official. Baltimore hasn't placed Pitta on season-ending injured reserve yet and on Tuesday, coach John Harbaugh addressed the lack of such a move. "Well, it's not procedural. We'll put him on IR when we're certain that he's out

Dallas Clark on coming to Ravens: "It was kind of an obvious, fortunate decision"

Dallas Clark met with the Baltimore media for the first time this afternoon, getting a chance to address signing with the Ravens on Sunday. Clark brings a lengthy pedigree as the security blanket for one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, Peyton Manning. The two spent Clark's first eight seasons in the league on the same offense, and the veteran tight end provided Manning with

Ravens agree to sign veteran tight end Dallas Clark

The Ravens made another significant addition to their offense Sunday, agreeing in principle to a deal with tight end Dallas Clark, the team tweeted. This marks the second veteran receiver to join the team in as many days, both of whom played under Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell when he was with the Indianapolis Colts. Clark, 34, has played 10 seasons in the NFL, the

Ravens reportedly plan to sign wideout Brandon Stokley

The Ravens appear to be on the verge of bringing back one of the heroes of their first Super Bowl victory in 2001. In need of some receiver help, Baltimore plans to sign veteran wideout Brandon Stokley, according to The Sun. Stokley, 37, is entering his 15th season in the NFL and his second stint with the Ravens, the team that drafted him in 1999.

Ravens thump Buccaneers in preseason opener

It wasn't perfect. John Harbaugh had reason to be annoyed at moments. But there was far more good than bad when the Ravens began the preseason with a 44-16 win over the Buccaneers. Tyrod Taylor had a nice game, passing for 154 yards and two touchdowns. LaQuan Williams stood out above all with a team-high 32 receiving yards, two touchdowns, a fumble recovery and a

Pierce gives Ravens lead, hurt on TD run (updated again)

The Ravens might've suffered their first casualty of the preseason opener. In a driving rain, backup running back Bernard Pierce hurt his left leg when taking a helmet off it at the end of a 20-yard touchdown run that gave Baltimore a 7-6 lead on its second possession of the second quarter. The Ravens forced their first turnover, recovering a muffed punt before Pierce scored

Ravens' first-team defense looking solid, but Bucs score first (TB up 6-0)

There's a lot to like about the performance of a very different Ravens defense, but the Buccaneers have struck first in the teams' preseason opener. After Baltimore stood up Tampa Bay for a three and out on the game's first possession, the Bucs drove 56 yards in 11 plays and 5:55 following former Raven Danny Gorrer's interception of Joe Flacco. Derek Dimke booted a 29-yard

Ravens' depth chart heading into preseason tilt with Tampa Bay (plus tonight's scratches)

A look at the Ravens' first depth chart of 2013 reveals a lot of things one would expect. Joe Flacco is No. 1 at quarterback. Ray Rice is No. 1 at tailback. Vonta Leach is starting at fullback. Linebacker Terrell Suggs, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, offensive tackle Michael Oher and safety Michael Huff are also with the first team. But who else is listed among

What to watch in Ravens' preseason opener

The preseason opener is just a day away, meaning it's time to see the Ravens take the field for the first time since winning the Super Bowl - no matter how vanillafied it may be. It's more than possible, quite likely even, that you won't get much of a feel for the new-look squad until Sept. 5 in Denver. But this is an important preseason

Ed Dickson expected to miss "a week or so"

While some teams or sports have an injury du jour that seems to crop up with a number of players in a short period of time, the Ravens' injury woes seem to mostly be coming at a single position. After losing Dennis Pitta for the season to a dislocated hip, fellow tight end Ed Dickson will be sidelined for at least a week with a

Baltimore Colts great Art Donovan dies at age 88

One day after the Ravens celebrated their first draft pick being enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Baltimore lost a football giant Sunday night when Colts great Art Donovan passed away at age 88. Donovan played 120 of his 138 career games in Baltimore with two different incarnations of the Colts. The 6-foot-2, 263-pound defensive tackle appeared in five consecutive Pro Bowls from 1953-57, was

Newsome set to watch his first Ravens draft pick enshrined in Canton

The Ravens have had reason to be excited about the Pro Football Hall of Fame's past induction ceremonies. General manager Ozzie Newsome has been in attendance when three players to suit up for Baltimore, Rod Woodson, Shannon Sharpe and Deion Sanders, took their places among the greatest to play the game. But this weekend will be a little different. Newsome will be presenting his first

Ogden proud of playing "consistent football" as he heads into Hall of Fame

It's not easy to quantify the success of an offensive lineman. You can look at rushing stats, sacks allowed and the like, but more than any other position, the best judge is the eye test. And Jonathan Ogden passed in ridiculous fashion over his 12 seasons with the Ravens. Ogden didn't make too many mistakes, often bullying opposing linemen in creating holes for Baltimore rushers

Asa Jackson suspended eight games for violating NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy

Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended for the first eight games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Friday. Jackson, 23, is a second-year pro who was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. He appeared in three games as a rookie, but was also suspended four games last year for a violation of the

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