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Orioles OF Jones to participate in All-Star trip to Japan

Posted on 22 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Cano, Jones, Puig, Pujols to participate in All-star Series 2014

Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington to Lead MLB All-Star Squad; Tickets for Five-Game Series Available on September 13th

 

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that MLB All-Stars Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be among the group of accomplished Major Leaguers who will travel to Japan this November to play a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team) in “All-Star Series 2014.” The MLB All-Stars will be led by Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, who led the Rangers to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011.

The 2014 renewal of the event will mark the 11th All-Star Series and the 36th time overall that a team of Major Leaguers has toured Japan for exhibition games, dating back to 1908. The current five-game format was first played in 2006, which was the last time the MLB All-Stars faced off against the Japan All-Stars. MLB’s 2006 roster – which included All-Stars such as Bronson Arroyo, Ryan Howard, John Lackey, Joe Mauer, Joe Nathan, Jose Reyes, David Wright and Chase Utley – went 5-0 in the All-Star Series.

All-Star Series games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome). Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).

Tickets for All-Star Series 2014 will be available at http://l-tike.com/mlbjp/ beginning at 10:00 a.m. (Japanese time) on Saturday, September 13th.

 

All-Star Series 2014 Schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 11th:                  Exhibition Game vs. Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants at Koshien

Wednesday, Nov. 12th:            Game #1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka

Thursday, Nov. 13th:                Travel Day

Friday, Nov. 14th:                     Game #2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

Saturday, Nov. 15th:                Game #3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

Sunday, Nov. 16th:                   Game #4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo

Monday, Nov. 17th:                  Travel Day

Tuesday, Nov. 18th:                 Game #5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo

Wednesday, Nov. 19th:            Travel Day

Thursday, Nov. 20th:                Exhibition Game vs Team Japan, Okinawa

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J. Smith, Jackson, Webb missing from practice, won’t play Saturday

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J. Smith, Jackson, Webb missing from practice, won’t play Saturday

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens are expected to take the field for Saturday’s all-important third preseason game against the Washington Redskins without three key members of their secondary.

Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (chest), Asa Jackson (ankle), and Lardarius Webb (back) were all missing from the open portion of Thursday’s practice and will miss Saturday’s game, which is viewed as the final tuneup for the start of the regular season. Head coach John Harbaugh had already ruled out Webb for the remainder of the preseason while expressing optimism that Smith and Jackson might be able to play against Washington.

“Our top three corners are going to be out,” said Harbaugh, who added that Smith would probably be able to play if it were a regular-season game. “It’s going to be an opportunity for those [backups] to go against the best for a long period of time. Those guys are among the best receivers in football and have a great quarterback. The whole offense is very well stocked with talent. It’s going to give us a good chance to evaluate where we’re at and give those guys an opportunity to prove they can play with the best.”

Starters are not expected to play in next week’s preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints as a season-opening matchup with All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals only 17 days away.

Against Washington, defensive coordinator Dean Pees will likely turn to fourth-year veteran Chykie Brown, former Atlanta Falcon Dominique Franks, rookie free agent Tramain Jacobs, and third-round rookie safety Terrence Brooks as cornerback options to rotate with the starting defense on Saturday night. In 2013, Brown played just 39 defensive snaps in the Baltimore secondary while Franks took only 13 in the Falcons defense, according to Pro Football Focus.

Since Webb has been sidelined with back spasms since July 25, the Ravens have gone through the entire summer without an opportunity to see what their starting secondary will look like, which is concerning as Brown and Jackson were competing for the No. 3 cornerback position.

“[It's] always a concern. We want guys that are going to play,” Pees said. “Somebody asked [Wednesday] about who we’d have out there [for the] first game, and I said, ‘Whoever we have healthy.’ But even when you get guys back, if a guy has been off for three or four weeks, he hasn’t played game tempo — all that stuff. It’s always a concern at any position.”

Other players missing from Thursday’s workout included tight end Owen Daniels (legs), offensive linemen Jah Reid (head), Will Rackley (head), and Brett Van Sloten (knee), fullback Shaun Chapas (undisclosed), and defensive tackle Terrence Cody (active physically unable to perform list – hip surgery).

Daniels hasn’t practiced since Aug. 11 as Harbaugh has repeatedly said the 31-year-old veteran is resting his legs and not dealing with a specific injury.

 

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Ravens offer traffic updates for Saturday’s preseason game

Posted on 20 August 2014 by WNST Staff

I-95 ROADWORK UPDATE FOR SATURDAY’S RAVENS-REDSKINS GAME

Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens: Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

I-95 is undergoing major road resurfacing, resulting in changing traffic patterns and split lanes. Please pay attention to the flashing traffic signs for the most up-to-date information, as the construction will impact travel time to M&T Bank Stadium. Please allow extra time to travel through the construction zones, consider using the alternate routes provided, and consider using public transportation (http://mta.maryland.gov) or Park and Ride services (http://www.ravensride.com).

I-95 Northbound construction update and suggested alternate route – Beginning near the city limit, the four northbound lanes split. The two right lanes provide access to Exits 52 (Russell Street) and 53 (I-395). There is no access to these exit ramps from the left lanes. To avoid the construction zone, exit at Washington Blvd. (Exit 51) and turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto Washington Blvd. (northbound). Turn right at Ostend Street and proceed to the stadium.

I-95 Southbound construction update and suggested alternate route – The work zone begins at Key Highway with all work occurring on the left shoulder, and all traffic will be shifted to the right. All four lanes are open, and access to the exits for Key Highway and I-395 are available. To avoid the construction zone, consider exiting at Key Highway (Exit 55); at the end of the exit, proceed straight ahead onto McComas Street. Turn right at Hanover Street and left at either Ostend Street or Hamburg Street to get to the stadium area.

For more diagrams, information and road modifications, please visit: www.BaltimoreRavens.com/StreetClosures

Twitter feeds: To further inform everyone about traffic around the stadium and the city, the City and State Departments of Transportation have established the following Twitter accounts:

@MDSHA

@BmoreCityDOT

@TheMDTA

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Ravens cancel Wednesday’s practice to go to movies

Posted on 20 August 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Moving closer to their third preseason game against the Washington Redskins, the Ravens canceled Wednesday’s practice in favor of going to see the movie “Lucy” as a team.

“We’re trying to get them off their legs today. The leadership council [chose the movie],” head coach John Harbaugh said. “It was unanimous. I stayed out of it. To be honest with you, I can’t remember the name of what we’re going to see. I hope it’s good.”

Head coach John Harbaugh has typically organized a team-building activity every summer to break up the monotony of training camp. The Ravens still conducted their morning meetings and on-field walk-through before leaving the facility to see a movie in the afternoon.

Asked if he and his players were fans of Scarlett Johansson, the Baltimore coach laughed while refraining from commenting on the sultry actress.

“I’m not going to go down that road for you,” Harbaugh said. “Well played.”

Players will return to the practice field Thursday, which will be the final day of media access ahead of the third preseason game of the summer in which starters receive the most playing time.

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Struggling Jimenez finally heading to Orioles bullpen

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Struggling Jimenez finally heading to Orioles bullpen

Posted on 19 August 2014 by Luke Jones

Exactly six months after signing a four-year, $50 million contract to sure up the Orioles’ starting rotation in 2014, Ubaldo Jimenez is going to the bullpen.

Manager Buck Showalter announced Tuesday in Chicago that the struggling right-hander will now pitch in relief, paving the way for right-handed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to retake his spot in the starting rotation for the first-place Orioles. Jimenez returned from the disabled list on Aug. 9 after being sidelined with an ankle injury for more than a month, but the 30-year-old allowed nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings spanning two starts, continuing what’s been a disappointing first season in Baltimore.

The Orioles had hoped the injury layoff would afford Jimenez the opportunity to straighten out his mechanics as he leads the American League with 66 walks and is 4-9 with a 4.83 ERA in 20 starts. Instead, it became apparent that the veteran would not stick in a rotation that’s helped lift the Orioles to a 71-52 record and a 7 1/2 game lead in the AL East entering Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 9 despite going 6-6 with a 3.80 ERA in 19 starts and 20 appearances overall in 2014. The emergence of 23-year-old right-hander Kevin Gausman in June was making in increasingly difficult for Showalter to try to manage six starting pitchers, a problem that was temporarily quelled when Jimenez went to the DL just before the All-Star break.

It’s unclear whether the Orioles will go with an extra arm in the bullpen or decide to option another reliever such as left-hander T.J. McFarland. Of course, rosters will expand on Sept. 1, which will make it easier to carry Jimenez on the roster as the Orioles seek their second postseason appearance in the last three years.

In spring training, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette envisioned Jimenez giving the Orioles a high-ceiling pitcher who wouldn’t be viewed as an ace but could pitch like a No. 1 starter for stretches of time like he had at other points in his career. Instead, Jimenez quickly settled in as the weak link in the rotation after signing the richest free-agent contract ever awarded to a pitcher in franchise history.

Of his 232 career appearances over nine seasons, the Dominican hurler has only pitched in relief once, his major league debut on Sept. 26, 2006.

Jimenez is under contract through the 2017 season.

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Daniels, J. Smith remain sidelined; Reid going through concussion protocol

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Daniels, J. Smith remain sidelined; Reid going through concussion protocol

Posted on 19 August 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens continued to be without a number of notable players as they continued preparations Tuesday for the all-important third preseason game of the summer.

While a number of others remain sidelined with defined injuries, veteran tight end Owen Daniels continues to miss practices while resting his legs, according to head coach John Harbaugh. The 31-year-old hasn’t practiced since Aug. 11, leading some to wonder whether he is secretly injured or to even question his desire to play after what’s been an underwhelming summer for the former Houston Texan.

“He has some swelling in his leg with use, and we’re playing it safe right now rather than pounding his legs out,” Harbaugh said. “It’s training camp. He’s an older guy, and I’m just following [head certified athletic trainer] Mark [Smith’s] instructions on it. He feels like he needs some rest still, so that’s what he’s getting. But there’s no injury there.”

Reserve offensive tackle Jah Reid was absent from Tuesday’s practice as he is now undergoing the NFL’s concussion protocol. The 2011 third-round pick hasn’t lived up to expectations in his four-year career, but Harbaugh complimented Reid’s play on Monday, naming him the team’s top reserve tackle and all but confirming he would make the 53-man roster.

Reid was sidelined for most of the spring with a calf injury but had remained healthy through the first several weeks of training camp.

“Jah has a little head dinger,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know the extent of it or how long it’ll be, but he hit his head yesterday, so he’s [going through the] concussion protocol.”

Others missing from Tuesday’s practice included cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (chest), Lardarius Webb (back), and Asa Jackson (ankle), offensive linemen Will Rackley (head) and Brett Van Sloten (knee), fullback Shaun Chapas (undisclosed). Defensive tackle Terrence Cody remains on the active physically unable to perform list while rehabbing from offseason hip surgery.

Harbaugh gave the day off to wide receivers Steve Smith and Torrey Smith as well as defensive end Chris Canty.

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Bovada gives Ravens 5/9 odds to miss playoffs

Posted on 19 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV). Below are the odds in alphabetical order as well as most likely to least likely make the playoffs.

 

Playoff Odds (in alphabetical order)

Will the Atlanta Falcons make the playoffs?    

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -260     (5/13)

 

Will the Baltimore Ravens make the playoffs? 

Yes                  +150     (3/2)

No                    -180     (5/9)

 

Will the Arizona Cardinals make the playoffs?

Yes                  +275     (11/4)

No                    -350     (2/7)

 

Will the Buffalo Bills make the playoffs?         

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                    -600     (1/6)

 

Will the Carolina Panthers make the playoffs?

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -260     (5/13)

 

Will the Chicago Bears make the playoffs?

Yes                  +150     (3/2)

No                    -180     (5/9)

 

Will the Cincinnati Bengals make the playoffs?           

Yes                  +110     (11/10)

No                    -140     (5/7)

 

Will the Cleveland Browns make the playoffs?

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                    -600     (1/6)

 

Will the Dallas Cowboys make the playoffs?   

Yes                  +240     (12/5)

No                    -300     (1/3)

 

Will the Denver Broncos make the playoffs?   

Yes                  -500     (1/5)

No                    +350     (7?2)

 

Will the Green Bay Packers make the playoffs?           

Yes                  -220     (5/11)

No                    +180     (9/5)

 

Will the Detroit Lions make the playoffs?        

Yes                  +180     (9/5)

No                    -220     (5/11)

 

Will the Houston Texans make the playoffs?   

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -260     (5/13)

 

Will the Indianapolis Colts make the playoffs?

Yes                  -220     (5/11)

No                    +180     (9/5)

 

Will the Jacksonville Jaguars make the playoffs?        

Yes                  +800     (8/1)

No                    -1600    (1/16)

 

Will the Kansas City Chiefs make the playoffs?           

Yes                  +275     (11/4)

No                    -350     (2/7)

 

Will the Minnesota Vikings make the playoffs?

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                    -600     (1/6)

 

Will the Miami Dolphins make the playoffs?    

Yes                  +275     (11/4)

No                    -350     (2/7

 

Will the New England Patriots make the playoffs?

Yes                  -500     (1/5)

No                    +350     (7/2)

 

Will the New York Jets make the playoffs?      

Yes                  +350     (7/2)

No                    -500     (1/5)

 

Will the New York Giants make the playoffs?

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -260     (5/13)

 

Will the New Orleans Saints make the playoffs?          

Yes                  -200     (1/2)

No                    +160     (8/5)

 

Will the Oakland Raiders make the playoffs?

Yes                  +700     (7/1)

No                    -1400    (1/14)

 

Will the Philadelphia Eagles make the playoffs?         

Yes                  -150     (2/3)

No                    +120     (6/5)

 

Will the San Diego Chargers make the playoffs?         

Yes                  +180     (9/5)

No                    -220     (5/11)

 

Will the San Francisco 49ers make the playoffs?

Yes                  -220     (5/11)

No                    +180     (9/5)

 

Will the Pittsburgh Steelers make the playoffs?

Yes                  +110     (11/10)

No                    -140     (5/7)

 

Will the Seattle Seahawks make the playoffs? 

Yes                  -325     (4/13)

No                    +250     (5/2)

 

Will the St. Louis Rams make the playoffs?    

Yes                  +300     (3/1)

No                    -400     (1/4)

 

Will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make the playoffs?

Yes                  +350     (7/2)

No                    -500     (1/5)

 

Will the Tennessee Titans make the playoffs? 

Yes                  +300     (3/1)

No                    -400     (1/4)

 

Will the Washington Redskins make the playoffs?

Yes                  +225     (9/4)

No                    -280     (5/14)

 

Playoff Odds (in order of most likely to least likely to make the playoffs)

Will the Denver Broncos make the playoffs?   

Yes                  -500     (1/5)

No                    +350     (7?2)

 

Will the New England Patriots make the playoffs?

Yes                  -500     (1/5)

No                    +350     (7/2)

 

Will the Seattle Seahawks make the playoffs? 

Yes                  -325     (4/13)

No                    +250     (5/2)

 

Will the Green Bay Packers make the playoffs?           

Yes                  -220     (5/11)

No                    +180     (9/5)

 

Will the San Francisco 49ers make the playoffs?

Yes                  -220     (5/11)

No                    +180     (9/5)

 

Will the Indianapolis Colts make the playoffs?

Yes                  -220     (5/11)

No                    +180     (9/5)

 

Will the New Orleans Saints make the playoffs?          

Yes                  -200     (1/2)

No                    +160     (8/5)

 

Will the Philadelphia Eagles make the playoffs?         

Yes                  -150     (2/3)

No                    +120     (6/5)

 

Will the Cincinnati Bengals make the playoffs?           

Yes                  +110     (11/10)

No                    -140     (5/7)

 

Will the Pittsburgh Steelers make the playoffs?

Yes                  +110     (11/10)

No                    -140     (5/7)

 

Will the Baltimore Ravens make the playoffs? 

Yes                  +150     (3/2)

No                    -180     (5/9)

 

Will the Chicago Bears make the playoffs?

Yes                  +150     (3/2)

No                    -180     (5/9)

 

Will the Detroit Lions make the playoffs?        

Yes                  +180     (9/5)

No                    -220     (5/11)

 

Will the San Diego Chargers make the playoffs?         

Yes                  +180     (9/5)

No                    -220     (5/11)

 

Will the Atlanta Falcons make the playoffs?    

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -260     (5/13)

 

Will the Carolina Panthers make the playoffs?

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -260     (5/13)

 

Will the Houston Texans make the playoffs?   

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -260     (5/13)

 

Will the New York Giants make the playoffs?

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -260     (5/13)

 

Will the Washington Redskins make the playoffs?

Yes                  +225     (9/4)

No                    -280     (5/14)

 

Will the Dallas Cowboys make the playoffs?   

Yes                  +240     (12/5)

No                    -300     (1/3)

 

Will the Arizona Cardinals make the playoffs?

Yes                  +275     (11/4)

No                    -350     (2/7)

 

Will the Kansas City Chiefs make the playoffs?           

Yes                  +275     (11/4)

No                    -350     (2/7)

 

Will the Miami Dolphins make the playoffs?    

Yes                  +275     (11/4)

No                    -350     (2/7

 

Will the Tennessee Titans make the playoffs? 

Yes                  +300     (3/1)

No                    -400     (1/4)

 

Will the St. Louis Rams make the playoffs?    

Yes                  +300     (3/1)

No                    -400     (1/4)

 

Will the New York Jets make the playoffs?      

Yes                  +350     (7/2)

No                    -500     (1/5)

 

Will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make the playoffs?

Yes                  +350     (7/2)

No                    -500     (1/5)

 

Will the Buffalo Bills make the playoffs?         

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                    -600     (1/6)

 

Will the Cleveland Browns make the playoffs?

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                    -600     (1/6)

 

Will the Minnesota Vikings make the playoffs?

Yes                  +400     (4/1)

No                    -600     (1/6)

 

Will the Oakland Raiders make the playoffs?

Yes                  +700     (7/1)

No                    -1400    (1/14)

 

Will the Jacksonville Jaguars make the playoffs?        

Yes                  +800     (8/1)

No                    -1600    (1/16)

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 19 August 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA Playoffs-Washington Mystics vs. Indiana Fever (Game 1 Thursday 7pm from Indianapolis live on ESPN2 Game 2 Saturday 5pm from Verizon Center live on ESPN2 Game 3 Monday TBD from Indy live on NBA TV); MLL Championship Game: Denver Outlaws vs. Rochester Rattlers (Saturday 7pm from Kennesaw, GA live on CBS Sports Network)

10. Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival feat. Amy Schumer, Chris Hardwick, Bill Burr, Dave Attell, Jeff Ross, Hannibal Burress (Thursday 5pm Jiffy Lube Live); LaVell Crawford (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland State Fair (Friday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Rennfest Fairgrounds); When The Game Stands Tall” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” out in theaters (Friday)

Let’s see how Towson’s own Amy Schumer handled the #IceBucketChallenge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUenC9orEy0

Sometimes when I’m at the State Fair I stop by strangers and offer to share my turkey legs with them.

9. Rod Stewart & Santana (Tuesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Motley Crue (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Miranda Lambert/Justin Moore (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Lyle Lovett & His Large Band (Friday 8pm Wolf Trap); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Yonder Mountain String Band (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Eli Young Band (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Sturgill Simpson (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere); French Montana (Friday 9pm Echostage); 38 Special (Friday 6:30pm Maryland State Fair); Jackson Browne (Saturday 8pm Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center); Brad Paisley “Moonshine In The Trunk”, Smokey Robinson “Smokey and Friends”, Avenged Sevenfold “Waking the Fallen: Resurrected”, Wiz Khalifa “Blacc Hollywood” and Benjamin Booker “Benjamin Booker” available (Tuesday)

There can NEVER be enough Hot Rod in T10BD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2CQ0FvAZuw

Johnnyswim is amazingfantasticwonderfuloutstandingbeautifulawesomeincrediblewhereI’llbewithAllenMcCallumWednesdaynight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhg-kycwLnE

This is Smokey Robinson doing “Tracks of My Tears” with Elton John. I share because I care.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0lK8IdiRA

You’ve been hearing Benjamin Booker as a rejoiner on “The Reality Check” recently. For good reason.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8VyRO2iqeg

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Wagner named starting right tackle to begin 2014 season

Posted on 18 August 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A position debated for much of the offseason has a resolution with the start of the season just under three weeks away as Ravens head coach John Harbaugh named Rick Wagner his starting right tackle following Monday’s practice.

The news was anticlimactic considering Wagner has received nearly all first-team reps since the start of training camp with fourth-year lineman Jah Reid working as the second-string right tackle. Wagner has held up well in his first summer working with the starting unit, earning compliments from coaches and teammates alike.

“He’s earned it. He’s earned that spot,” Harbaugh said. “And Jah has earned the third spot. Jah has done a heck of a job, too, as far as working his way into the third tackle spot.”

It remains to be seen whether the Ravens will elect to keep rookie offensive tackle James Hurst, an undrafted free agent from North Carolina who has worked as the backup left tackle behind Eugene Monroe in practices. In the event of an injury to Monroe, the Ravens could shift Wagner to left tackle with Reid moving into the right spot if they only elect to keep three tackles.

After so much discussion over who would replace former right tackle Michael Oher in the offseason, Wagner has gone largely unnoticed in practices this summer, which is a good thing at a position where most attention tends to be negative. Wagner played 41 snaps against San Francisco in the opener and 30 snaps against Dallas on Saturday night.

As a fifth-round rookie out of Wisconsin last season, Wagner served primarily as a blocking tight end in jumbo package situations.

“He’s been solid. Solid is the next step before being good, and good is the next step before being great,” Harbaugh said. “He’s on his way in a lot of ways. He has plenty of things to work on, but he does not make mistakes twice. He’s a good athlete. [Defenses have] tried to bull-rush him and go after him that way, and he has not really been moved too much at all. I’m proud of him.”

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Jimmy Smith still sidelined after suffering bruised lungs against Cowboys

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Jimmy Smith still sidelined after suffering bruised lungs against Cowboys

Posted on 18 August 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens returned to the practice field on Monday without top cornerback Jimmy Smith, but the prognosis appears encouraging after he suffered a scary chest injury in Saturday’s preseason win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Head coach John Harbaugh said a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed the 2011 first-round pick suffered bruising and bleeding from the lungs when he slammed his back on the turf while defending a sideline pass intended for Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant early in the first quarter. Smith was coughing up blood even after the game and was initially diagnosed with a chest contusion, according to the Ravens.

“They said it’s not a serious thing and just needs a couple days to heal up,” Harbaugh said. “We do anticipate him to play against the Redskins unless something changes that I’m not aware of.”

Running back Ray Rice practiced on Monday after leaving Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury. X-rays were negative for Rice after he was limited to just 21 yards on two carries. With Rice facing a two-game suspension to begin the regular season, Harbaugh had planned to focus on getting work for primary backup Bernard Pierce as well as veteran Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, but he may elect to give Rice a few more reps since he saw little action against the Cowboys.

Harbaugh elected to award Saturday’s start to Pierce to give him an extra opportunity to begin a game with the starting offense before he begins the season as the starter in Week 1.

“It could impact us [to] maybe get Ray a few more reps going forward,” said Harbaugh about Saturday’s distribution of playing time. “But the main focus is going to be Bernard, Justin, and Lorenzo and getting those guys ready. You know Ray’s had a good camp.”

Veteran tight end Owen Daniels was absent from the field during the portion of practice open for media viewing and hasn’t been on the field since last Monday. The Ravens have insisted Daniels is being rested and is not dealing with an injury concern, but the 31-year-old has now missed three straight practices and did not play in Saturday’s game.

The former Texan was limited to just five games due to a broken leg last season.

“There’s no pull, there’s no strain of any kind,” Harbaugh said. “[His legs are] a little fatigued. You get a little swelling in there. You’ve got to take some time to get the legs back, and we really felt like he needed to get his legs back, especially as an older guy. We wanted to give him this time to do that. I’m counting on him being there this week. That’s what I’ve been told is there’s no kind of injury in there. It’s just a fatigue factor, and he needs time.”

Others missing from Monday’s practice included cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle), offensive linemen Will Rackley (head) and Brett Van Sloten (knee), and defensive tackle Terrence Cody (physically unable to perform list – hip).

Harbaugh said that Webb would not play in the preseason after initially hoping the starting cornerback would be able to play in the third game of the summer. The sixth-year cornerback has been sidelined with a back injury since July 25.

Nursing an ankle injury since Aug. 10, Jackson has a chance to return to action this week, according to Harbaugh.

“Asa’s got a chance,” Harbaugh said. “‘Touch and go’ is probably a good way to say it, but I’ve been told he has a chance to get back for this game. It’d be great if he could.”

The Ravens were practicing in helmets, shells, and shorts after receiving Sunday off.

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