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Ravens-Browns: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 17 September 2017 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — The Ravens aim to continue their dominance over Cleveland that spans nearly two decades.

Playing their 20th home opener at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon, Baltimore looks to improve to 2-0 after a superb defensive performance in Cincinnati last week to kick off the 2017 season. Meanwhile, the Browns try to rebound from a close home loss to Pittsburgh and avoid an 0-2 start in head coach Hue Jackson’s second season.

Wide receiver Michael Campanaro (ankle) and outside linebacker Tim Williams (illness) are both active despite being listed as questionable on the final injury report of the week. Campanaro completed an early pre-game workout and showed no lingering effects from the ankle issue that surfaced during Friday’s practice. Williams’ availability is a positive development with outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith out after suffering a knee-ankle injury in Week 1.

The Ravens’ most notable healthy scratch was second-year wide receiver Chris Moore, who is listed as the primary kick returner on the team’s official depth chart. The 2016 fourth-round pick is coming off a disappointing training camp and did not play a single offensive snap in Week 1.

On Saturday, the Ravens promoted running back Alex Collins and cornerback Tony McRae from their practice squad, waived running back Jeremy Langford, and placed cornerback Sheldon Price (concussion) on injured reserve. Both Collins and McRae are active for Sunday’s game.

For the second straight week, the Ravens deactivated three of their eight defensive linemen on the 53-man roster, making one wonder how much longer they can continue to carry so many players in that positional group.

The Browns will be without the first overall pick of the 2017 draft as defensive end Myles Garrett remains sidelined with an ankle injury. He was officially declared out on Friday.

Sunday’s referee is Gene Steratore.

According to Weather.com, the Sunday forecast in Baltimore calls for mostly cloudy skies and temperatures reaching the low 80s with winds up to six miles per hour and only a 15 percent chance of precipitation.

The Ravens are wearing purple jerseys with white pants for their home opener while the Browns don white tops with white pants.

Sunday marks the 37th all-time meeting between these AFC North teams with Baltimore enjoying an overwhelming 27-9 advantage dating back to 1999. The Ravens are 16-2 against Cleveland in the John Harbaugh era.

Below are Sunday’s inactives:

BALTIMORE
WR Chris Moore
CB Jaylen Hill
DT Willie Henry
OL Jermaine Eluemunor
LB Za’Darius Smith
DE Bronson Kaufusi
DE Chris Wormley

CLEVELAND
QB Cody Kessler
WR Reggie Davis
OL Marcus Martin
OL Zach Banner
WR Kasen Williams
DL Myles Garrett
DL T.Y. McGill

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Ravens add two running backs to fill initial practice squad

Posted on 05 September 2017 by Luke Jones

The Ravens emphasized depth at the running back position in completing their initial 10-man practice squad on Tuesday.

Running backs Jeremy Langford and Alex Collins, offensive lineman Matt Skura, and cornerback Tony McRae were officially inked to the developmental squad, joining wide receivers Quincy Adeboyejo, fullback Ricky Ortiz, tight end Ryan Malleck, offensive lineman Maurquice Shakir, outside linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and cornerback Reggie Porter. The first six were signed on Sunday after being cut by Baltimore and passing through waivers over the weekend.

With the Ravens having just three running backs — Terrance West, Danny Woodhead, and Buck Allen — on their 53-man roster, the additions of Langford and Collins indicate that general manager Ozzie Newsome may not be satisfied with the personnel at the position. In contrast, the Ravens abstained from signing a quarterback to their initial practice squad, another sign of their confidence that starter Joe Flacco’s back is healthy after keeping only two quarterbacks on the active roster.

Langford played the last two seasons in Chicago, rushing for a combined 737 yards for the Bears and opening the 2016 campaign as the starter before suffering an ankle injury and losing his job to rookie Jordan Howard. The 2015 fourth-round pick out of Michigan State was cut by the Bears at the end of the preseason.

Collins was a fifth-round pick for Seattle in last year’s draft and rushed for 125 yards in 11 games. The Arkansas product was waived by the Seahawks at the end of the preseason.

Skura will begin his second year on the Baltimore practice squad and was waived on Saturday despite starting all four preseason games on the Ravens offensive line this summer. The acquisitions of interior offensive linemen Tony Bergstrom and Luke Bowanko presumably squeezed Skura off the 53-man roster.

An undrafted free agent from North Carolina in 2016, McRae spent this preseason with Cincinnati and was also a member of the Bengals’ practice squad last year.

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