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J. Jones, A. Brown set to return to practice this week (other injury updates)

Ravens coach John Harbaugh provided a slew of updates on the team's injured players, including those playing while hurt. The highlights were that wideout/return man Jacoby Jones and linebacker Arthur Brown are expected to return to practice this week. Jones hasn't played since spraining his MCL in a collision with Brynden Trawick on a return in the opener at Denver. Brown has missed the last

Harbaugh on abandoning run game vs. Bills: "That's my call all the way"

When Joe Flacco attempts 50 passes and Ray Rice is nowhere to be found, it's a fair assumption that something's wrong with the Ravens offensively. On Sunday, Baltimore called just nine rushing plays with only two coming after halftime for the fewest total runs in a single game in team history. The previous low was 12. The Ravens finished with only 24 yards on the

Flacco sets dubious career mark in 23-20 loss to Bills

Joe Flacco will want to throw this one out, and hope the Bills don't catch it. The Ravens quarterback was intercepted a career-high five times and anytime that happens, it will be hard to beat any opponent. Buffalo made Flacco and the Ravens pay for the pile of picks by handing them a 23-20 defeat. The Ravens slip to 2-2, falling just short after mounting

Ravens get back in it in third quarter (Ravens trim it to 23-20)

The Ravens offense is again finding its groove in the second half, which is all of a sudden looking like a trend since it has happened each of the last three weeks. Baltimore put together its best drive of the game in the middle of the third quarter, needing just four plays and 1 minute, 31 seconds to move 80 yards for a score -

Forgettable first half for Ravens offense at Bills

That rhythm the Ravens offense has been seeking since the beginning of the season? The search is still on. The unit had a truly forgettable first half in Buffalo, recording just 121 yards and turning the ball over twice on a pair of Joe Flacco interceptions on the way to falling behind 20-7. Baltimore is widely considered a favorite to beat the Bills, especially after

Ravens keep Bills out of end zone, but off to slow start (Bills up 20-7)

After punting on their opening possession, the Ravens had yet another slow start on defense once the Bills got the ball. Much like last week when the Texans opened with a 16-play drive, Buffalo started with an 11-play, 64-yard possession, with EJ Manuel passing for 38 yards and C.J. Spiller rushing for 25. But also much like last week, the Ravens kept the Bills out

Rice, Canty active, Stokley inactive for Ravens at Bills

The Ravens get two key players back while another takes a seat for today's game at Buffalo. Tailback Ray Rice (left hip) and defensive end Chris Canty (thigh) are both active after sitting out last week's game. Both were listed as questionable for the contest. Baltimore will be without receiver Brandon Stokley, however. Stokley was listed as questionable because of a groin injury. He has

Ravens defense hopes to keep Bills, Manuel from going mobile

The Ravens won't be facing the same-old walkover Bills on Sunday in Buffalo. Buffalo is a team with renewed hope under the leadership of first-year coach Doug Marrone and with a rushing attack that rivals any team in the league. The Bills are off to a 1-2 start, but their first three games have been decided by a combined 10 points. Like with Robert Griffin

Ravens offense heads to Buffalo still trying to get in a groove

Ranking 30th in the NFL in total yards, 25th in rushing and 20th and passing, the Ravens still seem to be searching for any kind of an offensive groove. That's going to happen when you trade away a wideout the caliber of Anquan Boldin, have a center as established as Matt Birk retire and lose a vertical threat as dangerous as Jacoby Jones to injury.

Rice listed as questionable for Ravens' visit to Buffalo

Ray Rice returned to practice Wednesday and was able to participate in a limited capacity each of the last three days, but that doesn't guarantee he'll be on the field come Sunday. The Ravens have listed Rice as questionable for this week's game in Buffalo as the tailback works to return from a left hip flexor injury. "We're hoping (Rice will) get there. He's got

Rice expected to practice, Flacco on Lewis' comments and more (update)

After halting an impressive streak of 66 straight regular season games played Sunday, things are looking up for Ray Rice. The Ravens tailback is expected to return to practice this week. "I'm very hopeful. I would expect that," coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. "That's the plan right now. We're going to try to get him out there today and see what he can do and

Harbaugh "not very impressed" with Ravens party bus report

Coach John Harbaugh responded to a report that several Ravens were involved in a brawl on a party bus celebrating Bryant McKinnie's birthday early Monday morning. According to TMZ, a stripper hit Jacoby Jones over the head with a champagne bottle. While police were called to the scene after a fight ensued, no one was arrested. Harbaugh said Monday that Jones isn't hurt. "He's fine.

Ray Lewis overwhelmed and humbled to be inducted to Ravens' Ring of Honor

The Ravens weren't going to wait long to honor arguably the greatest player in team history. In just the second home game since he retired, legendary linebacker Ray Lewis was enshrined in the Ravens' Ring of Honor at halftime Sunday. Earlier this week, Lewis talked about becoming the eighth inductee. On Sunday, he spoke about the emotions of being back in Baltimore at his former

Ravens' new-look defense coming together quickly

After winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Ravens defense said goodbye to two key figures who were in the building Sunday - linebacker Ray Lewis, who retired, and safety Ed Reed, who signed with the Texans - as well as a host of other veterans. The unit was playing without two significant newcomers - defensive lineman Chris Canty (thigh) and second-round linebacker Arthur Brown (chest), who

D. Smith, Doss and Harbaugh on the returns that turned the tide

The Ravens don't care where the points and wins come from. That's been shown in their history, when defense and special teams outshined their offense for years. So consider Sunday's 30-9 victory over the Texans a bit of a throwback. While the offense could only come through for one touchdown, linebacker Daryl Smith provided one on defense and return man Tandon Doss added one on

No Rice, no Canty, no problem, as Ravens trounce Texans

Scan the pundits' predictions for this one and few had the Ravens topping the Texans at M&T Bank Stadium today, let alone doing it in a rout. But that's exactly what unfolded as Baltimore's defense perhaps topped its showing from last week's win over the Browns by holding a talented Texans offense without a touchdown in a 30-9 victory. The Ravens improved to 2-1 and

Daryl Smith, Tandon Doss making it a vintage celebration (Ravens up 27-9)

Anyone else feel like they're watching a mid-2000s version of the Ravens today? The offense hasn't found a rhythm and hasn't a produced a big play, but Baltimore's defense and special teams are making up for it in droves. Daryl Smith's 37-yard interception return for a touchdown and Tandon Doss' 82-yard punt return for a touchdown have given the Ravens a 17-9 halftime lead after

Ravens not made to pay for early mistake (Tucker cuts it to 6-3)

The Ravens had stalled the Texans at the Baltimore 23-yard line. After methodically working deep into Ravens territory, a big pass defense by Matt Elam on a throw intended for Owen Daniels forced fourth down. But with the Houston field goal team on, Baltimore made a terrible mistake, bringing 12 men on to the field. The flag was thrown, the drive stayed alive... and the

Rice, Canty, A. Brown inactive for Ravens, Reed active for Texans

The Ravens hoped that the seemingly short-term injuries suffered by several players last Sunday would allow them to get on the field today. Coach John Harbaugh called tailback Ray Rice (hip), defensive end Chris Canty (thigh), linebacker Arthur Brown (chest) and cornerback Chykie Brown (knee) gametime decisions. Only Chykie Brown is active among that group. Rice will miss his first game since sitting out the

Ravens set to welcome Lewis, Reed back to town

No longer centerpieces of the Ravens defense, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will both be back in Baltimore Sunday for vastly different reasons. Lewis returns to town to be enshrined in the Ravens Ring of Honor while Reed will be in town hoping to play his first professional game in a non-Ravens jersey, looking to help take down his former team. It makes for yet

Ravens look to make it a winning streak vs. high-powered Texans

Last week's 14-6 win over the Browns was a start. A victory to even the Ravens' record at 1-1. This Sunday, it'll be a bit more challenging with one of the NFL's top teams coming to M&T Bank Stadium. The Houston Texans visit Baltimore with a 2-0 record after becoming the first team since the 1970 NFL merger to win each of their first two

Ray Rice doubtful, Ed Reed questionable for Texans-Ravens tilt (plus tickets note)

Ray Rice is among a group of players coach John Harbaugh told reporters would be a game-time decision Sunday against the Texans. Rice, who hurt his left hip in the Ravens' win over the Browns last week, is listed as doubtful for the contest. So are linebacker Arthur Brown (chest), defensive end Chris Canty (thigh), defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe) and wideout Deonte Thompson (foot).

Flacco reflects on special Sunday (plus Rice note)

Athletes leave their teams all the time to be with their wives for the birth of a child. It would've been understandable if Joe Flacco got in his car to speed off to New Jersey when his wife, Dana, went into labor Sunday morning. However, there was no question in Flacco's mind how he would handle the situation. He was playing. "We had talked about

Lewis on being added to Ravens' Ring of Honor this coming Sunday

Ray Lewis will be back on the M&T Bank Stadium turf Sunday, just not as a member of the Ravens. The team will be adding the future Hall of Fame linebacker to its Ring of Honor before Baltimore takes on the Texans. Lewis was the second player ever drafted by the Ravens - Hall of Fame tackle Jonathan Ogden was the first - and he

Flacco, Ravens find stride in second half vs. Browns

To extend their winning streak against the Browns to 11, the Ravens needed a big second half from quarterback Joe Flacco. And they got it. Flacco went 10-for-12 for 102 yards and a touchdown while not taking a sack in the second half after a much weaker first two quarters (12-for-21 for 109 yards, two sacks). The Ravens ran the ball more with 27 rushes

Hearing from A. Jones, D. Smith, Elam, Suggs on Ravens' defense in win

Before looking deeper at the improved numbers and general performance of the Ravens' defense one week after it was shelled by the Broncos, let's start with an uplifting story. Art Jones was back to work, in uniform and starting at defensive tackle after enduring maybe the scare of his life. Jones missed Baltimore's first game because of a still mysterious illness - an unexplained racing

Harbaugh confident, optimistic Rice injury isn't serious (other injury updates)

The Ravens did not escape Sunday's win over the Browns unscathed, with several key players needing to be monitored this week. None stand out more than star tailback Ray Rice, who went to the ground in the fourth quarter without being touched because of what the team is calling a left hip flexor strain. For the moment, coach John Harbaugh said the team is hopeful

Ravens find a rhythm, up 14-6 (Rice, J. Smith, Weeden hurt in Baltimore win)

The Ravens defense kept the contest close enough to give the offense a chance to turn things on the Browns with one big drive. And Baltimore finally found it. The Ravens used a 12-play, 80-yard drive to take their first lead, 7-6 on a Bernard Pierce 5-yard touchdown run with 5:13 to go in the third quarter. Baltimore had just 122 yards of offense before

Ravens trail Browns 6-0 at half on two Cundiff field goals

The Ravens' opening series on offense and defense both produced mixed results, allowing the Browns to take an early 3-0 lead. Baltimore started badly on offense, losing three yards on its first two plays before gaining life to drive all the way to the Cleveland 32-yard line. However, the Ravens stalled there and Justin Tucker missed a 50-yard field goal attempt. The Browns started with

Art Jones, Michael Oher active vs. Browns (Flacco's wife gives birth)

Two starters who spent the week with uncertain statuses will be in uniform for the Ravens' home opener this afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium. Right tackle Michael Oher and defensive tackle Art Jones are both active after missing all or part of last week's loss to the Broncos. Oher is playing one week after suffering a sprained ankle and Jones returns to action after sitting

Reunited with Kruger, Cundiff and Ravens hope it feels so good

One side of the Ravens' defensive overhaul this offseason was letting a number of key veterans walk away. They get to see the first of those departed former teammates up close on Sunday afternoon. Linebacker Paul Kruger traded in his purple and black for Cleveland brown - oh, and a five-year, $40.5 million contract. Kruger recorded 15.5 sacks and played in 51 games with Baltimore

Ravens look to get defense on track, continue success vs. Browns

Following a disappointing Week 1 loss where the Ravens allowed more yards and points than anyone else in the league, they just might have the perfect remedy Sunday. The Ravens open their home slate with a visit from their own version of the Washington Generals - the Cleveland Browns. Baltimore hasn't lost to Cleveland since Nov. 18, 2007, winning 10 straight games to match Denver

Oher probable, A. Jones questionable, Thompson doubtful for Browns game

On the final injury report of the week, there were few if any surprises with wideout Jacoby Jones (sprained knee) the only player listed as out for the Ravens. Baltimore also listed center Ryan Jensen (foot), wideout Deonte Thompson (foot) and defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe) as doubtful. Defensive tackle Art Jones (illness) and running back Bernard Pierce (thigh) are questionable for the home opener

Ravens sign Shaun Draughn to return kicks (Mellette placed on IR)

The Ravens continued to work toward replacing Jacoby Jones by signing former Chiefs tailback Shaun Draughn on Wednesday, according to The Sun. Draughn, 25, was brought in to return kicks for Baltimore. On Monday, the team re-signed wideout Tandon Doss to help fill some of the multi-faceted role vacated by Jones, who is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. The

Ravens re-sign wide receiver Tandon Doss (update)

The Ravens have turned to a familiar face to add wide receiver depth following the loss of Jacoby Jones. Baltimore re-signed Tandon Doss on Monday, according to The Sun. The team cut him on Aug. 31. Doss, 23, was selected by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. He had a rough preseason, making several notable mistakes while also adding a handful

Jacoby Jones expected to miss 4-6 weeks with sprained knee

Having already lost tight end Dennis Pitta for the majority of the season, the Ravens' offense took another hit in the opener. Wideout/return specialist Jacoby Jones is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee, according to multiple reports. Jones suffered the injury when Brynden Trawick collided with him when losing track of where he was while backpedaling on punt

Manning's the man on opening night

If the Ravens were facing almost anyone other the Peyton Manning, it would be fine to pile on the defense. But considering it was Manning and the Broncos, it's more acceptable to be a little easier on the Ravens. Manning picked apart Baltimore's remade defense, matching an NFL record with seven touchdown passes (and no interceptions) on the way to a 49-27 Denver win Thursday.

Entertaining first half ends with Ravens up 17-14 (Broncos up 49-27)

The Ravens' final drive of the opening half produced three points instead of seven, but still ended with Baltimore headed to the locker room ahead 17-14. The 13-play, 77-yard possession was capped by Justin Tucker's 25-yard field goal with 7 seconds to go in the first half. But it was oh so close to being a seven-point advantage when Joe Flacco's well-placed pass went off

Flacco guides Ravens to early lead (J. Jones and Oher hurt, tied at 14-14)

Joe Flacco and the Ravens have struck first in Denver after both teams punted to end their first possessions. Flacco led Baltimore on a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ate 3:58 off the clock and culminated with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Vonta Leach, who stretched the ball across the goal line for a 7-0 lead about 8 minutes into the contest. Flacco went 5-for-7 for

Harbaugh agrees to new four-year deal with Ravens

Less than an hour before the 2013 season begins, news broke that coach John Harbaugh has agreed to a new four-year contract with the Ravens. The deal was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. Harbaugh had two years left on his existing deal, but got a significant raise on those remaining seasons and extended the contract by two years. He will be paid about $7

Dickson, McPhee active against the Broncos

Despite questions about their health, tight end Ed Dickson (hamstring) and defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee) are both active for the Ravens' season opener at the Denver Broncos. Inactive for the contest are wideout Aaron Mellette, wideout Deonte Thompson, defensive tackle Art Jones, defensive tackle Brandon Williams, linebacker John Simon, offensive lineman Jah Reid and center Ryan Jensen. The Broncos deactivated cornerback Champ Bailey, cornerback

Ravens release final injury report, Champ Bailey out for Broncos

The Ravens and Broncos announced their final injury reports for Thursday night's opener this afternoon. Defensive tackle Art Jones (illness) is the only player listed as out for Baltimore. The Ravens also reported center Ryan Jensen (foot), wideout Deonte Thompson (foot) and defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe) as doubtful. Tight end Ed Dickson (hamstring) and defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee) are listed as probable. The

Ravens designate Dennis Pitta to return, re-sign Billy Bajema

The Ravens announced Wednesday morning that they have placed tight end Dennis Pitta on injured reserve/designated to return and re-signed tight end Billy Bajema. Pitta dislocated and fractured his hip in practice less than a week into training camp. He was originally ruled out for the season, but the Ravens have since backtracked from that stance. Pitta will now be eligible to return to practice

Familiar foes Ravens and Broncos kick off NFL season

Pittsburgh Steelers. Cincinnati Bengals. Cleveland Browns. And Denver Broncos? All of a sudden, the Ravens seem to be building a brand-new grudge match, one that has been facilitated by a playoff classic and the NFL schedule-makers. When the Ravens and Broncos kick off the NFL season Thursday, Baltimore will be seeing Denver for the third time in eight games. Unless you're a division rival, that

Ravens set to begin life after Lewis and Reed

The reality that Ray Lewis is gone won't likely set in until a week from Sunday when someone else (Terrell Suggs, perhaps) is the last to emerge from the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium. Ed Reed's departure might not be felt completely until Michael Huff, James Ihedigbo or Matt Elam pick off a pass and choose the safe route over shimmying and juking all over

Art Jones out indefinitely; Ed Dickson likes his chances to play (update)

The reason for defensive lineman Art Jones being out of Thursday's season opener remains somewhat vague. Ravens coach John Harbaugh shed a little light on Jones' illness on Tuesday, but said the team doesn't yet know how long it will keep him out. "It's not life threatening or anything like that, but it's not football related," Harbaugh said. "We're just taking some tests on it

Art Jones out for opener at Broncos

On their first injury report of the week, the Ravens have ruled defensive tackle Art Jones out for Thursday's season opener at Denver. Jones, who appeared in all 16 games last year and started six, will miss the contest with an illness that is considered as a non-football injury. With fellow reserve defensive tackle Brandon Williams not participating in practice Monday because of a toe

Ravens shuffle practice squad

The Ravens shuffled their practice squad Monday afternoon, re-signing former Towson wideout Gerrard Sheppard and adding running back Jonas Gray. Tackle Jordan Devey was released from the practice squad to make room. Sheppard, an undrafted rookie, had been cut by Baltimore on Aug. 25. Gray, also an undrafted rookie, put together a strong preseason with the Miami Dolphins.

Ravens release LaQuan Williams, announce practice squad

The Ravens announced Sunday that they have waived LaQuan Williams, bringing their wide receiver count down to six. Baltimore appeared set to hold on to Williams, a strong special teams performer who gave the team an uncharacteristically high seven wideouts on the roster. Williams has been dealing with a hamstring injury, and was not likely going to be ready for Thursday's opener at Denver. The

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