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Jacoby Jones getting his burst back

When Jacoby Jones' knee was mangled in a Week 1 collision, it wasn't likely that he'd be able to step right back on the field performing like the same dangerous speedster. He came back from the sprained knee in Week 6, but it wasn't until the last two games that the Ravens wideout looked quite as threatening both at receiver and returning kicks. In Sunday's

Where the Ravens stand entering Week(end) 13

This is usually a Monday feature, but thanks to Thursday night's game, here's a bonus edition to lay out just where the Ravens stand with most of the NFL still to play on Sunday. Baltimore's win over Pittsburgh was simply massive. Huge. Gargantuan. With nine teams within two games of the one realistically available AFC wild card spot, any win is big. But one against

J. Jones, others react to Tomlin being on field during long kickoff return

Perhaps the hottest topic after Thursday's game was a play that didn't end up factoring into the result of the Ravens' 22-20 win over the Steelers. However, it sure came close to making a difference. In the third quarter, Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff 73 yards to the Pittsburgh 27. It looked like he might break it for a touchdown, but Cortez Allen caught him,

Crazy finish to another Steelers-Ravens classic

If you ever needed to reverse the effects of your tryptophan coma, rewatching the last couple of minutes of Thursday night's Steelers-Ravens game might do the trick. A pretty normal, well-played contest went haywire as the hour hand approached midnight. The Ravens, who led 19-7 with less than 10 minutes remaining, were outscored 13-3 over the last 9:32 of the contest and had to use

Picking things right up in third quarter (Ravens win 22-20)

The Ravens experienced no dropoff on the first drive of the second half, increasing their lead to 13-0 on another Justin Tucker field goal after a beautiful drive. Baltimore moved 52 yards in 13 plays and 5:31, but stalled at the Steelers' 16 and had to settle for Tucker's 34-yard field goal with 9:21 remaining the third quarter. Joe Flacco went 5-for-8 for 42 yards

Ravens in good shape at halftime vs. Steelers

Remember when one of the biggest reasons for the Ravens' struggles was slow starts? Those early holes seem like a distant memory at this point. The Ravens lead the Steelers 10-0 at halftime at M&T Bank Stadium, and have outscored opponents 53-16 in the first half over their last four games. Those numbers look even better when narrowing it down to the first quarter, as

No turkey of a start for Baltimore (Ravens up 10-0)

The Ravens need a win tonight as much as they did Sunday in order to gain some measure of control over their postseason chances. And early on, they're playing like they know it. Baltimore forced a three-and-out on the Steelers' first possession of the night with Haolti Ngata swallowing Le'Veon Bell for no gain and Lardarius Webb tackling the running back for a two-yard loss

Pitta not added to Ravens' roster, Woodley out for Steelers

The Ravens had no surprises when they announced their inactives for Thursday night's Thanksgiving visit from the Steelers. Safety Brynden Trawick (ankle), safety Omar Brown, tailback Bernard Scott, offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, wideout Deonte Thompson, linebacker John Simon and defensive tackle Brandon Williams were deactivated for the contest. A name that doesn't appear on that list, however, is that of tight end Dennis Pitta. But

Playing on Thanksgiving a special experience for several Ravens

Thanksgiving traditions start with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and other belt-stretching foods. But just as much, they include football, especially afternoon tilts in Dallas and Detroit, and more recently, primetime contests in various cities. Baltimore has become a popular destination for that third contest, as the Ravens will play Thanksgiving night for the second time in three years - this time against the rival Steelers

Ravens set to host Steelers team on the rise (plus Harbaugh on Flacco)

On Thursday night, the Ravens won't be going up against the same searching Steelers team they saw in Week 7. Pittsburgh had started 0-4 and was coming off its first win before edging Baltimore 19-16 at Heinz Field on Oct. 20. The Steelers then lost their next two before getting on the roll they carry into M&T Bank Stadium. Pittsburgh has won three in a

Trawick out, Canty probable for Steelers-Ravens game (update)

The Ravens have maintained a pretty clean injury report for Thursday's visit from the Steelers. Safety Brynden Trawick is out because of an ankle injury suffered Sunday and defensive end Chris Canty is probable with a shoulder ailment. And that's it. Baltimore doesn't need to list tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) on the report, as he remains on injured reserve/designated to return. The team has

Justin Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month (also earns weekly honor)

Any concern that might have cropped up when Justin Tucker missed both of his field goal tries in Week 2 against the Browns has since been alleviated. The Ravens kicker hasn't missed a field goal in the nine games since, making 22 straight attempts for the league's longest active streak and the NFL is noticing. On Wednesday, Tucker was named AFC Special Teams Player of

Suggs not concerned about sackless stretch

When it comes to sacks, linebacker Terrell Suggs has quieted since a monster start to the season. Suggs recorded nine sacks in the Ravens' first eight games, only once being held without a sack. However, Suggs has been shut out in that department over the last three games and has slipped behind Elvis Dumervil for the team lead. Dumervil has four sacks in the last

Flacco on wildcat: "It makes you look like a high school offense"

In the latest edition of "Tell me how you really feel" in Owings Mills, quarterback Joe Flacco not only didn't backtrack from expressing his distaste for the Ravens' use of the wildcat - he went even further on Tuesday. Flacco isn't a fan of the unconventional formation in general and would rather see the team work on what it needs to be good at rather

Ravens begin shortened week leading up to Thanksgiving tilt vs. Steelers

The Ravens can forget their normal routine and their regular seven days' rest for one week. Baltimore will be back at it just four days after trouncing the Jets, as the rival Steelers will be coming to M&T Bank Stadium Thursday for a Thanksgiving night matchup. So no easy day Monday or day off Tuesday. The Ravens were back to work today and will be

Where the Ravens stand after Week 12

Remember that complicated scenario laid out here Saturday? The one that would end with a six-way tie for the AFC's second wild card spot? Well, it happened. The Ravens beat the Jets, the Dolphins lost, the Chargers won, the Steelers beat the Browns and the Titans beat the Raiders. So six teams are tied at 5-6 for the AFC's sixth playoff spot. The Ravens have

Ravens utilize Tyrod Taylor more, open up deep passing game vs. Jets

For a while Sunday, it looked like the Ravens were mimicking the Jets. Turning to the wildcat at times - like the Jets - Baltimore was able to get backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor more involved. With Baltimore being offensively challenged for much of the year, finding a way to open things up and get another talented athlete on the field seems like a no-brainer. Coach

Stifling Ravens defense keys complete win over Jets

The Ravens defense knew what kind of D it was up against. The Jets brought a top 10 unit to Baltimore, one that was No. 1 against the run and had all the characteristics of a traditional Rex Ryan defense. The Ravens were determined to be the better defense Sunday, and they succeeded in a big way. Baltimore's 19-3 win marked the first time the

Ravens riding Justin Tucker's leg (Ravens win 19-3)

The Ravens couldn't anything going on their first drive of the second half, going three and out. But Sam Koch pinned the Jets down to their own 2 with a season-long 64-yard punt. The Ravens forced a three-and-out and then got the ball back at the New York 33, already in field goal range. Baltimore couldn't move the ball from there, but added another three

Ravens use Jets' own tactics against them in first half

The Ravens have to feel pretty good about a first half where the game felt much more lopsided than the 9-3 score would indicate. Baltimore also has cause for discomfort, as one Jets touchdown could give the visitors the lead. Aside from the Ravens' inability to punch the ball in the end zone, it was a mostly positive start to today's game. They've outgained New

Jets jump out to early lead at Baltimore (Ravens up 9-3)

After both the Ravens and Jets punted on their opening possessions Sunday, New York put together the game's first scoring drive. Using their wildcat misdirection, the Jets drove 55 yards in nine plays with the last being a 27-yard field goal by Nick Folk for a 3-0 lead with 6:52 to go in the first quarter. The Jets have been most effective with Josh Cribbs

Ngata, Webb, D. Smith all active for Ravens vs. Jets

Haloti Ngata's balky left knee only kept him out for a week. After being listed as questionable for today's contest against the New York Jets, the Ravens nose tackle is active and expected to start. The same goes for Baltimore's other two players who were listed as questionable - cornerback Lardarius Webb (abs) and linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh). The Ravens have deactivated cornerback Asa Jackson,

Ravens get to see Ed Reed ... again (plus Ogden note)

Want perhaps your last chance to say goodbye to safety Ed Reed? Now wearing different colors, he might be playing his last game at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday. Oh, you already did that? I see. You already broke out your No. 20 jersey this season and saw his tribute video while chanting his name? Got it. Well, you get another chance Sunday, as Reed plays

Crunch time arrives for Ravens' playoff hopes

The AFC's muddled playoff picture will gain some much-needed clarity this week, making the Ravens' already important visit from the New York Jets all the more integral. Let's start with explaining what's at stake. One AFC wild card is within reasonable reach and nine teams are still in the race for that spot, all within 1 1/2 games of the conference's sixth postseason position. Six

Jets the perfect gauge for Ravens' progress in run game

The Ravens know Rex Ryan well. The Jets coach worked 10 years on Baltimore's staff, with his last four seasons spent as the team's defensive coordinator. So the Ravens know as well as anyone exactly what they're up against when taking on a Ryan-coached defense, especially when it comes to the running game. The Jets come to Baltimore Sunday possessing the NFL's top rush defense,

Ngata returns to practice, listed as questionable for Jets game

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata practiced Friday, marking the first time since Nov. 8 that he did so, and the Ravens listed him as questionable for Sunday's home game against the New York Jets. Ngata, who was a limited participant in practice, missed last week's game because of a left knee injury. Coach John Harbaugh told reporters that the team would need to see how Ngata

Ravens in the black in the red zone

The Ravens defense doesn't let teams get to the red zone much. But when opponents do, they're not likely crossing the goal line. Baltimore owns the top red zone defense in the NFL, allowing touchdowns just 32.1 percent (9-for-28) of the time they let teams inside the 20-yard line. The Ravens are permitting the 10th-fewest red zone attempts per game (2.8), but are locking things

Ngata misses practice for second straight day

Since missing Sunday's loss to the Bears, nose tackle Haloti Ngata has yet to practice this week. Ngata's left knee has made him the lone member of the Ravens to sit out practice at all this week, and he didn't participate on Wednesday or Thursday. Terrence Cody started in Ngata's place Sunday. We'll see if that has to happen again versus the Jets. Linebacker Daryl

Flacco assesses his season, not happy with interceptions

Joe Flacco is used to limiting mistakes, playing smart and keeping the ball in the Ravens' hands. This year has been difficult in that regard. Not that it's all Flacco's fault - because it isn't - but the Ravens quarterback isn't posting numbers befitting the second-highest paid player in the NFL. Flacco's 58.6 completion percentage would be the second-lowest of his career. His 13 interceptions

Art Modell shut out of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class

Former Ravens owner Art Modell, who moved the team from Cleveland to Baltimore in 1996, will not be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Modell was a finalist last year, but was not named a semifinalist for this year's class. The late Ravens owner, who passed away in September 2012, has twice since 2001 been a finalist for a bust in

Set to visit Baltimore with Jets, Ed Reed has parting shots for Texans

As Ed Reed prepares to return to Baltimore for a second time this season with a different team, his Wednesday conference call with the Ravens media wasn't whimsical or reflective about his time in purple and black. Reed, who kept most of his negative feelings toward the Texans to himself after signing with the New York Jets last week, unleashed some of his more honest

Tight end Dennis Pitta returns to practice, says he feels great

For the first time since suffering a gruesome injury to his hip July 27, tight end Dennis Pitta is back on the practice field. "It feels awesome to be able to get back and be in meetings with the guys and hit the field a little bit. I feel great," Pitta said Wednesday. "I'm going to take it slow, though, and make sure I can

Some morning leftovers from Harbaugh

Even though coach John Harbaugh spoke strongly Monday about the Ravens' need to clean up their turnovers, he wouldn't publicly admonish Joe Flacco for his second straight multi-interception game. Flacco has been picked off more than once in a game four times this season on the way to a career-high 13 through 10 games. On Sunday, he was intercepted twice, with one being returned for

Harbaugh on Newsome's health, Ravens' running game

Earlier today, the Ravens announced that general Ozzie Newsome was "feeling fine" and was able to return to work right away. Newsome was taken to a Chicago-area hospital Sunday after not feeling well following Baltimore's loss to the Bears. He didn't fly back with the team and returned this morning. "It's good to see Ozzie's here. He's working. He's been here all afternoon working, so

Harbaugh on turnovers: "We create too many opportunities for our opponent"

Now that the running game seems to be on the rise, coach John Harbaugh seems most passionate about fixing the Ravens' next-biggest problem: turnovers. Baltimore has a minus-5 turnover differential this season, having committed 18 giveaways compared to just 13 takeaways. The last time the Ravens finished with a minus differential was 2007, the team's last losing season. The Ravens entered the year having forced

Where the Ravens stand after Week 11

Even after suffering their fourth loss in five games (and fifth in seven), things could be worse for the Ravens when it comes to playoff posturing. The division race? That doesn't look good at all for Baltimore, as Cincinnati now leads the other three AFC North teams by 2 1/2 games with six weeks to go in the regular season. The Ravens have no separation

Ozzie Newsome taken to hospital after Bears game (Newsome "feeling fine")

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was taken to a local hospital after Sunday's game, leaving Soldier Field in an ambulance, according to multiple reports. The Ravens issues a statement about Newsome's condition: "Ozzie Newsome did not feel well after today's game and a team doctor recommended that Ozzie not fly tonight." WNST reported that the 57-year-old Newsome was "sweating really, really bad" after the game

Rice and running game break out in Ravens' loss to Bears

Let's start with the much-needed and impatiently awaited positive to take from Sunday's game: The Ravens were able to run the ball. Ray Rice reached triple digits for the first time this year, running 25 times for for 131 yards and a touchdown, to lead a season-best 174-yard rushing effort for the Ravens. But Baltimore still lost to the Bears, 23-20 in overtime. Yes, the

Ravens answer Bears' comeback (Bears win 23-20 in OT)

The Bears might have scored 10 points in 10 seconds, but that didn't rattle the Ravens offense. The unit continued its strong play by answering Chicago's pick-six with an impressive drive that returned the lead to Baltimore, 17-10 with 4:09 to go in the second quarter. The Ravens drove 80 yards in nine plays and 4:30 with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith wrapping

Rice, Ravens start fast in Chicago (all tied, 10-10)

Ray Rice entered this afternoon's game with just 289 rushing yards through eight games, having run for 45 yards or fewer in seven of those contests. The Ravens' star tailback surpassed that total on his first carry in Chicago. Rice found a hole on the left side of the line and sprinted 47 yards for his longest run of the year. His previous long was

Haloti Ngata, Marlon Brown inactive against Bears

The Ravens will be at a bit of a disadvantage this afternoon, as they'll be without their most disruptive force on the defensive line. Nose tackle Haloti Ngata is out today because of a knee injury he suffered last Sunday. He was able to return to the field after missing a few series against the Bengals, but he sat out practice all week and was

Ravens aim for road improvement in Chicago

Maybe there's another explanation for the Ravens' losing ways before last week's win over the Bengals. Playing at home can't be understated in the NFL, especially when the Ravens are concerned. During Baltimore's three-game skid and stretch of four losses in five contests, the team played on the road four times. The Ravens (4-5) are 1-4 away and 3-1 at home this season, as they

Ravens' vaunted pass rush needed vs. Bears' dangerous receivers

The most feared aspect of the Ravens' rebuilt defense has been a consistent pass rush that ranks among the NFL's best. With Elvis Dumervil slotting opposite of Terrell Suggs, Baltimore has one of the league's most effective edge tandems, which has the team tied for third in the NFL with 32 sacks through nine games. Suggs has nine sacks, bouncing back effectively from an injury-plagued

Five defensive starters questionable for Sunday at Bears

The Ravens have five defensive starters listed as questionable for Sunday's visit to Chicago, with two more probable. Safety James Ihedigbo (toe), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee), linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh), cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (groin) are questionable for the contest, along with wideout Marlon Brown (knee). Brown and Ngata are the only ones who did not practice Friday. Defensive end

Art Jones coming into his own along Ravens defensive line

Art Jones is living up to the pretty lofty standards set by his family. His two younger brothers have accomplished quite a lot over the last couple of years. Jon "Bones" Jones won the UFC light heavyweight championship in 2011 while Chandler Jones was a first-round pick of the New England Patriots last year. Art added to the set of accomplishments by winning a Super

Ravens special teams gearing up for special threat

When traveling to Chicago on Sunday, the Ravens will have more to worry about than keeping the Bears offense off the board. They'll have to also contend with the incredible return skills of Devin Hester. Hester owns the NFL record with 19 non-offensive touchdowns in his career - 13 punt returns, five kick returns and one return on a missed field goal. The four-time All-Pro

Ed Reed joins Jets, to face Ravens in Week 12 (plus four starters sit)

Free agent safety Ed Reed reached an agreement with the New York Jets this morning, meaning that his career won't be coming to a close and the one-day contract he'll eventually get from the Ravens will have to wait. It also means he'll be facing his former team for the second time in a matter of 10 weeks when the Jets visit Baltimore on Nov.

Ravens working toward improved pass protection (Tucker earns weekly honor)

To take the following numbers on the surface wouldn't be fair. Quarterback Joe Flacco's 30 sacks absorbed is tied for third-most in the league and his 11 interceptions are fifth-most. His 256.3 passing yards per game are tied for 14th while his 12 touchdown throws are tied for 12th. But in part because of the Ravens' inability to run the ball, and the repeated early

Harbaugh indicates Ravens won't pursue Ed Reed (plus injury report)

Ed Reed might be a free agent, but coach John Harbaugh gave a strong indication Wednesday that the longtime Ravens safety won't be back with his old team. Harbaugh did express warm feelings toward Reed, but said that there isn't a place for him on Baltimore's defense. "Ed's just a Raven. He'll always be a Raven. I'm sure he'll be in the Ring of Honor Continue reading ....

Texans to cut safety Ed Reed, reunion with Ravens unlikely

Ed Reed left the Ravens for a more lucrative deal with the Houston Texans during the offseason. Now just over halfway through his first season in Texas, he's out of a job. The Texans reportedly will release the future Hall of Fame safety today, 48 hours after Reed told the media the team was "outplayed and outcoached" in a 27-24 loss to the Cardinals. Reed,

Harbaugh on Rice: "His health has been a factor, no doubt about it"

Ray Rice's continued struggles seem to be deepening as the weeks pass. The Ravens tailback came out of the bye saying his hip injury was behind him, that he felt as healthy as he has since the beginning of the season and that he felt like his burst was back. But the numbers tell another story. Over the last two games, Rice has run for

Secondary continues to impress in win against Bengals

One of the biggest obstacles facing the Ravens this season was the seemingly impossible task of replacing two of the franchises' most electric and passionate leaders in linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed. Both Lewis and Reed were fixtures in Baltimore's defensive unit for more than a decade, but neither returned to Charm City for the 2013 season. Their departures meant losing two all-time

Defense leads the way in Ravens' overtime win

It's easy to wonder whether the Ravens were pleased with a 20-17 overtime win over the Bengals or frustrated the game even made it to overtime in the first place. After dominating Sunday's game through three quarters only to watch their lead disappear on a last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired in regulation, the Ravens didn't come unraveled. Justin Tucker's 46-yard field goal

Ravens upend Bengals 20-17 in overtime

The Ravens saw all of the momentum leave their sideline on the last play of regulation, as the Bengals tied it up on a last-ditch Hail Mary touchdown pass. But Justin Tucker's field goal in overtime lifted the Ravens to a 20-17 win in overtime Sunday. It was a 46-yard field goal by Tucker to seal a game that, for the first three quarters, was

Ravens grab early 7-0 lead (we're tied on Hail Mary TD)

Joe Flacco isn't known as a scrambler. You're not going to see him take off from the pocket at the first sign of trouble. That's not to say the Ravens quarterback can't shuffle around when he has to. In fact, it's his legs that are largely the reason why the Ravens hold an early 7-0 lead. Flacco completed a three-play, 53-yard drive with a 1-yard

Inactives for today's key divisional contest

The Ravens are 17-6 in November since 2008, including 8-1 at home during that stretch. Nothing like a little home cookin' to cure the blues. The Ravens certainly hope returning to Baltimore helps them right the ship. Over the past five weeks, the defending Super Bowl champs have seen their plan to climb to the top of the AFC North take a nosedive. They are

Talented Bengals come to Baltimore for major matchup

It's no fluke that the Bengals have emerged as the AFC North frontunner at 6-3. Cincinnati comes to town with the NFL's ninth-best offense and fifth-best defense. Offensively, there's no shortage of weapons for the Ravens to contend with, as quarterback Andy Dalton leads a unit with plenty of playmakers in both the running and receiving games. It starts with Dalton, who has passed for

Ravens defense restoring tradition, still seeking improvement

For all of the negative trends and causes for concern during the first half of the season, there's one area the team is definitely making its money. The overhauled Ravens defense might have hit some bumps, especially against the run, but even after undergoing so much change in the offseason, the unit begins the second half as one of the top 10 in the NFL.

Jackson to active roster, Osemele to IR (plus injury report)

The Ravens announced this afternoon that cornerback Asa Jackson has been added to the active roster after being suspended for the first eight games of the season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. To make room on the 53-man roster, guard Kelechi Osemele was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Osemele is expected to undergo back surgery soon. Osemele was the only Ravens player officially

Suggs, Graham join J. Smith, D. Smith on sidelines

Linebacker Terrell Suggs and cornerback Corey Graham were new additions to the Ravens' injury report Thursday, as both missed practice entirely. Suggs didn't participate because of a foot injury while Graham sat out with a calf ailment. Linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh), cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) and wideout Brandon Stokley (thigh) also didn't practice with all three missing for a second straight day. Receiver Marlon Brown

Pistol formation gives Ravens "a good change-up"

With the Ravens offense continuing to struggle in its traditional offense, the coaching staff added a little wrinkle Sunday in Cleveland. Baltimore began to employ the pistol formation - the same one used by such teams as the Redskins and 49ers in order to better capitalize on the running abilities of quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick. The Ravens aren't about to start rushing

Slow starts perhaps the lead factor in Ravens' close losses

One year ago, the Ravens won six of their first seven games decided by seven points or less. This year, the team is 2-4 in such contests. During their current slide of three straight losses and four in five games, the Ravens have lost each contest by six points or fewer with the four defeats coming by a combined 14 points. The fact that the

Ravens advise fans to plan gameday travel carefully because of road closures

The Ravens' game against the Bengals on Sunday will be the first at M&T Bank Stadium since there have been road and lane closures near the stadium. Access to and from the stadium has been impacted. The team issued a press release Wednesday detailing the affected streets to help fans plan the commute to the stadium. "Until our fans find new routes and make adjustments

Ray Rice still confident in himself, Ravens' run game despite lack of production (Ihedigbo update)

The Ravens are accustomed to being one of the best running teams in the NFL, not one of the worst. Ray Rice is used to being near the top of the league in rushing, not averaging the second-fewest yards per carry among qualified running backs (2.7). Rice has spoken many times about Baltimore's struggles in the ground game, but Wednesday marked his first chance since

Ravens' perspective on Dolphins situation, bullying and hazing in NFL

The hottest topic in the NFL is the situation in Miami - one that resulted in offensive lineman Jonathan Martin leaving the Dolphins because of bullying led by teammate Richie Incognito, who has since been suspended indefinitely. Incognito allegedly targeted Martin with racial attacks and threats of violence, begging the question: Is this happening elsewhere? Is bullying and hazing of that ilk commonplace around the

Some leftovers from John Harbaugh

Coach John Harbaugh covered a variety of topics Monday - from the tough spot the Ravens find themselves in to injury updates to more specific thoughts about the team's continued woes. Harbaugh also weighed in on the health problems of fellow NFL head coaches John Fox of the Broncos and Gary Kubiak of the Texans. Fox underwent heart surgery while Kubiak is believed to have

Osemele to be placed on injured reserve (plus notes on J. Smith, Jackson)

Last week, the Ravens announced that guard Kelechi Osemele would likely miss the rest of the season. On Monday, coach John Harbaugh essentially put that in stone. Harbaugh said Osemele will be placed on season-ending injured reserve and will soon undergo back surgery. "He's headed to IR. He's working right now with the doctors and with his representative to find what type of surgery he

Harbaugh: "We're in a tough spot, but I believe in our guys"

After weeks of seeming tense and uncomfortable in front of the media, coach John Harbaugh was far looser Monday. Maybe it's the fact that at 3-5, the Ravens have little to lose and can just go play for now as they try to get back into the playoff race. Maybe he's adopting a different persona with the team, as well - one which eases the

Where the Ravens stand at midseason

The Ravens have reached the official midpoint of the 2013 season in a position they haven't been in a long time. For the first time in eight years, they're under .500 after eight contests at 3-5. In coach John Harbaugh's first five seasons, the team experienced the occasional slump or lull, even last year when it lost four of its last five regular season games

Ravens fall to Browns for first time since '07

The Ravens had won 11 straight games against Cleveland and had never been under .500 at the midpoint of a season during coach John Harbaugh's tenure. Both stats were turned upside down Sunday by Baltimore's 24-18 loss to the Browns. Cleveland beat the Ravens for the first time since Nov. 18, 2007, riding a strong performance from quarterback Jason Campbell. Campbell passed for 262 yards

More of the same in second half (Ravens lose 24-18)

The Ravens have been unable to build on their late second-quarter surge, giving the Browns what might turn out to be an insurmountable margin. After a nice defensive stand near midfield, Baltimore forced Cleveland to punt. But return man Tandon Doss muffed it, and the Browns recovered at the Ravens' 11. Two plays later, Jason Campbell connected with Gary Barnidge for a 4-yard touchdown pass

Ravens continue trend of slow starts (Ravens cut it to 14-10 at half)

The Ravens continue to struggle out of the gates, failing to score first for the sixth time in eight games this season. Baltimore has taken the first lead just once since the opener - on Oct. 6 at Miami. This time, Jason Campbell went 5-for-6 for 68 yards and a touchdown to guide the Browns to a 7-0 lead on their second possession of the

Ravens readying for matchup with improved Browns

If these aren't the Ravens of old, then these aren't the Browns of Week 2. Their quarterback is different. Their running back is different. Their top receiver is healthy. Their young stud tight end continues to blossom. Jason Campbell is now under center as the third different quarterback to start for Cleveland this year. Former Ravens tailback Willis McGahee is the Browns' top rusher after

Maybe not Ravens of old, struggling team still has high hopes

Browns cornerback Joe Haden created a bit of a stir Thursday when hurling a dig at the Ravens. "The Ravens aren't the Ravens of old," Haden told reporters, according to The Plain Dealer. Haden backtracked from his original point, one which isn't necessarily wrong. The makeup of this Baltimore team is far different from those of the recent past. The Ravens have turned over 10

Osemele out, Stokley questionable for Ravens at Browns

As coach John Harbaugh told reporters earlier today, guard Kelechi Osemele (back/knee) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game at Cleveland. This will be the first game Osemele will miss in his first two NFL seasons. The Ravens also have listed wideout Brandon Stokley (thigh) as questionable and five others as probable: linebacker Josh Bynes (finger/thigh), defensive tackle Terrence Cody (knee), center Ryan Jensen

Osemele expected to miss rest of season with back injury (plus quotes)

Guard Kelechi Osemele will sit out this week's game at Cleveland and will unlikely play again this season because of a back injury, coach John Harbaugh told reporters today, the Ravens tweeted. Osemele, 24, has started all seven games this year and all 23 of the Ravens' regular season games since the team selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft. Against Miami

Doss starting to come into his own after being released, re-signed by Ravens

Just how far Tandon Doss has come since a nightmare of a preseason is pretty amazing. Doss has emerged as one of the Ravens' steadiest wideouts in recent weeks, but it sure didn't seem like that would be the case heading into the regular season. There had been high hopes for the 2011 fourth-round pick, and after trading Anquan Boldin to the 49ers in the

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