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This past week has sucked, but Ravens will be great again in ’12

Posted on 29 January 2012 by Peter Dilutis


What an incredibly awful week!

I still cannot really believe what I witnessed in Foxborough a week ago today. Perhaps the most intense football game that I’ve witnessed in person throughout my relatively young life ended in extreme disappointment.

There was so much on the line for everyone.

The fans, who have now spent four consecutive years loading up on purple gear, spending big money on tickets, trips, hotels, etc in anticipation of another Super Bowl run.

The players, who I’ve gotten to know a bit over the past couple of years, who spend 365 days a year preparing for the final moments of a game like that.

The coaches, executives, team employees, trainers…this has sucked for everyone. There’s no way around it.

Personally, I’ve had so many thoughts over the past week but I’ve just had no desire to write about them. It is absolutely sickening that what we all wanted so badly was right in their grasp, literally, and we let it get away.

As bad as it was for all of us (imagine how much we at WNST had on the line regarding promotions, Super Bowl trips, etc), and as much time as some of us have needed to get over the loss, we cannot let the heartbreak that we all feel cloud our perspective.

Yes, it is incredibly hard for a team to get back to where the Ravens just were. There are no guarantees in sports. However, the Baltimore Ravens have built their organization up to where annual contention is not a goal but an expectation.

When Steve Bisciotti fired Brian Billick after the 2007 season, he talked about wanting to avoid the valleys that the team endured under Billick. Billick had tremendous success in Baltimore. He brought back a winning culture to Baltimore and that culture has carried over into this era of Ravens football.

However, there were some years under Billick, specifically 2005 and 2007, when the Ravens were basically out of contention by the second half of the season. Much of that had to do with not having a legitimate quarterback, but the bottom line is that under Billick, the Ravens, at times, underachieved.

That has not happened with John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco at the helm. The Baltimore Ravens have transformed into an elite franchise in the NFL. Period.

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Sizing up the Ravens’ 2012 free-agent class

Posted on 26 January 2012 by Luke Jones

In the aftermath of the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship on Sunday, the finality of the season coming to an abrupt end was accompanied by the all-too-familiar feeling knowing that same team will never be together again.

The reality of the NFL’s offseason brings substantial change to all 32 teams — some more than others — and forces players to say goodbye to others for the final time as teammates.

“It’s tough to really think about that,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “You know it’s going to happen, but you don’t know which guys it’s going to be, so it’s tough to be in our shoes and go through that. You finally just take it for what it is, and before you know it, you hope you had a good relationship with everybody on the team and said as much as you could say to that guy. We hope we can bring as many people back as we can.”

While other moves will be made — cornerbacks Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr and wide receiver Lee Evans are the strongest candidates to be cut despite being under contract for the 2012 season — the Ravens have 13 unrestricted free agents, four restricted free agents, and four exclusive-rights free agents entering the offseason. I’ve included the entire list with a brief thought on each player’s potential future in Baltimore.

Two dates to keep in mind as the offseason begins are the March 5 deadline to designate a franchise player and the start of free agency on March 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Unrestricted free agents

RB Ray Rice
2011 stats: 16 starts, 2,068 yards from scrimmage, 15 touchdowns
Skinny: Rice isn’t going anywhere as the Ravens will either use their franchise tag on the Pro Bowl back or sign him to a long-term deal, though the latter would certainly create more cap space for 2012.

G Ben Grubbs
2011 stats: 10 starts, first Pro Bowl selection
Skinny: The Ravens clearly would like to bring the left guard back, but with Marshal Yanda receiving a sizable deal a few months ago, can the organization afford to invest so much money in the guard position?

C Matt Birk
2011 stats: 16 starts
Skinny: After 14 seasons in the league, Birk may decide to retire, but the Ravens could elect to go with the slightly-younger Andre Gurode or look to the draft for the center position.

LB Jarret Johnson
2011 stats: 16 starts, 56 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks
Skinny: With Johnson on the wrong side of 30, it might be time to part ways with the veteran linebacker, but the Ravens lack a logical replacement on the current roster with the disappointing development of 2010 second-round pick Sergio Kindle and the limitations of pass rusher Paul Kruger.

LB Jameel McClain
2011 stats: 16 starts, 81 tackles, one sack, one interception
Skinny: The former undrafted free agent credits Ray Lewis for his growth, so you have to wonder if McClain becomes the next Baltimore linebacker to receive an inflated contract elsewhere.

DE Cory Redding
2011 stats: 15 games (11 starts), 43 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks
Skinny: Before an ankle injury slowed Redding over the final month of 2011, he was having his best season in years, but the Ravens could elect to go with younger — and cheaper — defensive lineman Arthur Jones at this position.

LB Brendon Ayanbadejo
2011 stats: 16 games, 27 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, nine special teams tackles
Skinny: The 35-year-old intends to play in 2012 and expects to be back with the Ravens, but the nickel linebacker may not be on the same page as Baltimore in terms of a contract to make his return feasible.

S Tom Zbikowski
2011 stats: 14 games (four starts), 16 tackles, one sack
Skinny: Largely a forgotten man after Bernard Pollard wrestled away the strong safety job early in the season, it appears Zbikowski will likely try to find a new home where he can start.

S Haruki Nakamura
2011 stats: 15 games, three tackles, nine special-teams tackles
Skinny: In a similar position to Zbikowski, the Ravens will likely make a harder push to keep Nakamura due to his exceptional ability as as special teams player.

OL Andre Gurode
2011 stats: 13 games (five starts)
Skinny: Signed as an insurance policy behind Matt Birk, the 10-year veteran wound up being needed at left guard for an injured Grubbs and could be the short-term replacement at center next season.

DT Brandon McKinney
2011 stats: 12 games, 14 tackles
Skinny: A regular part of the rotation along the defensive line, it’s hard to envision teams beating down McKinney’s door, but the Ravens may try to go younger and cheaper than the six-year veteran.

TE Kris Wilson
2011 stats: 15 games, four special teams tackles
Skinny: His touchdown catch in the divisional round was his claim to fame, but the veteran’s competent special teams ability may not be enough to keep him in Baltimore next season.

LB Edgar Jones
2011 stats: nine games, three special teams tackles
Skinny: Though he was active all nine games after being signed in early November, there’s a reason why Jones was unemployed when the Ravens were looking for special-teams depth.

Restricted free agents
(The Ravens can offer a tender attached to a draft pick and then have the right to match any offer from an opposing team and would receive that team’s draft pick if they choose not to match it.)

CB Lardarius Webb
2011 stats: 16 games (15 starts), 68 tackles, five interceptions, sack
Skinny: With another season like he had in 2011, Webb will be looking for a large payday and deservedly so.

CB Cary Williams
2011 stats: 16 starts, 77 tackles, two forced fumbles
Skinny: Easily the most pleasant surprise on the Baltimore defense, Williams will battle 2011 first-round pick Jimmy Smith for a starting corner job in training camp.

LB Dannell Ellerbe
2011 stats: nine games (three starts), 17 tackles
Skinny: The third-year linebacker always leaves you wanting more but could find himself in position to compete for a starting role depending on how the Ravens address the inside linebacker position this offseason.

RB Matt Lawrence
2011 stats: Did not play (injured reserve)
Skinny: Though a competent special-teams player when he’s been healthy in his three-year career, you have to think the Ravens are ready to cut ties with the injury-plagued back.

Exclusive-rights free agents
(These are players with two or fewer accrued seasons and own no negotiating rights.)

LS Morgan Cox
2011 stats: 16 games
Skinny: There’s no reason to think the Ravens are displeased with Cox’s performance as the long snapper.

CB Danny Gorrer
2011 stats: 11 games, three tackles, four pass breakups
Skinny: Considering he was pushing Chris Carr for the No. 4 corner spot by season’s end and was strong on special teams, Gorrer should have no reason to think the Ravens won’t bring him back.

LB Sergio Kindle
2011 stats: two games
Skinny: The Ravens will bring Kindle back, but he’ll need to make major strides in the offseason and training camp to make the 53-man roster again.

LB Albert McClellan
2011 stats: 16 games (one start), seven tackles, 12 special teams tackles
Skinny: He drew a start for the injured Ray Lewis on Thanksgiving night and is one of the best special teams players on the team, making his return a certainty.


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Ngata, Reed the latest Ravens players to bow out of Sunday’s Pro Bowl

Posted on 25 January 2012 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 9:00 a.m.)

Only reinforcing the argument held by many against playing the Pro Bowl, the Ravens have now seen four of their selections bow out of Sunday’s game as Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed have joined Terrell Suggs and Ray Rice as non-participants in Honolulu.

Ngata admitted after the AFC championship game that he was dealing with a thigh injury for the second half of the season. The injury occurred in the Ravens’ Week 8 loss over the Arizona Cardinals and limited him in practices leading up to their road win in Pittsburgh the following week. There was a noticeable drop-off in Ngata’s performance after a monstrous start to the season in which the 330-pound defensive lineman was garnering Defensive Player of the Year consideration along with Suggs.

The 33-year-old Reed will also skip the game due to injury as it’s no secret a shoulder injury has severely impaired the safety’s ability to tackle. The 2004 AP Defensive Player of the Year has dealt with a nerve impingement in his neck and shoulder as well as a hip injury in recent seasons. Reed has been replaced by Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark on the AFC roster.

Suggs has also bowed out of the game due to injury, but it’s unclear what  exactly is ailing the 29-year-old linebacker. Though he was honored to be named to his fifth Pro Bowl in late December, Suggs made it no secret he had little interest in going to Honolulu at the expense of the Ravens’ desire to reach the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

Rice cited a family reason for his absence from the Pro Bowl. The running back led the NFL in yards from scrimmage in 2011.

Linebacker Ray Lewis, fullback Vonta Leach, and guards Marshal Yanda and Ben Grubbs remain on the AFC roster as of Wednesday morning. Grubbs was named the replacement for Patriots guard Logan Mankins earlier this week since New England will play in next week’s Super Bowl. With New England guard Brian Waters also ineligible for the game, Yanda and Grubbs will be the starting guards on the AFC offensive line.

According to the official NFC and AFC rosters on NFL.com, 16 players have been replaced due to “injury” reasons. Of course, some players have legitimate ailments, but many have simply bailed on the exhibition in what’s become a regular practice in recent seasons.

With the Ravens’ eight selections now down to four, what are your thoughts on the Pro Bowl?

With increasing numbers of players skipping the game every season, should the NFL simply name the teams and forgo holding the game?

Do you ever watch the game, regardless of how many Ravens are playing in the game?

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Grubbs added to AFC Pro Bowl roster

Posted on 23 January 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — While many have labeled him a Pro-Bowl caliber guard over the last couple seasons, fifth-year veteran Ben Grubbs has officially been recognized with the honor after being named to the AFC squad on Monday.

With New England guards Logan Mankins and Brian Waters both taking part in the Super Bowl — as the Ravens can painfully attest to — Grubbs and teammate Marshal Yanda will serve as starters for the conference’s offensive line.

With Grubbs and Yanda opening running lanes, running back Ray Rice was able to lead the league with 2,068 yards from scrimmage and was second in rushing (1,364). Rice also finished with a franchise-record 15 touchdowns, including 12 rushing.

The Ravens will now send eight players to the Pro Bowl, including Rice, linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, safety Ed Reed, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and fullback Vonta Leach. The game will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

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Birk among Ravens’ veterans not taking playoff run for granted

Posted on 10 January 2012 by Luke Jones

As a member of the Minnesota Vikings’ 1998 draft class that included the phenomenal wide receiver Randy Moss, Harvard center Matt Birk took winning for granted at the beginning of his career.

Playing in an explosive offense that included the likes of Moss, Cris Carter, Robert Smith, Randall Cunningham, and Daunte Culpepper, Birk made two trips to the NFC championship game in his first three seasons. However, the Vikings fell short of the Super Bowl in both 1998 and 2000 as Birk was just establishing himself as a six-time Pro Bowl center on the Minnesota offensive line.

There would be other opportunities, Birk thought at the time, but the 14-year veteran — his last three seasons spent with the Ravens — is still seeking another conference championship appearance, let alone his first trip to the Super Bowl.

“At that time, I probably didn’t know what it meant or just how precious is was, and I haven’t been back since,” Birk said. “We have this opportunity in front of us to be in the playoffs and be in the second round now. You certainly don’t take it for granted, and as you get closer to the end, it just becomes that much more precious.”

Much like linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed, Birk feels the urgency to win this season with his football future unclear. His contract expires after the season, and he and his wife Adrianna have six children, including a boy born just a few weeks ago. Even if Birk wants to continue playing, it’s unclear whether the Ravens, or any other contending team, will want a 36-year-old center for the 2012 season.

Unlike those near misses in the infancy of his NFL career, Birk fully realizes this playoff run may be his last chance to win a championship.

Despite going largely unnoticed, Birk’s play has been commendable after starting the season on a concerning note. He missed the entire preseason after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean out the bursa sac in his knee in early August. The procedure prompted the Ravens to sign five-time Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode just days before the start of the regular season.

At the time, it appeared to be a question of when, not if, Gurode would supplant Birk as the Ravens’ starting center, but he made all 16 starts, remaining healthy other than a sprained shoulder suffered against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13. The good fortune allowed the veteran Gurode to serve as the team’s top reserve on the interior line, making five starts in place of injured left guard Ben Grubbs in the first half of the season.

Despite early-season struggles due to the late addition of veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie and the injury to Grubbs, the offensive line found its stride in the second half of the season, with Birk providing much-needed veteran leadership to complement the stellar interior play of Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda and Grubbs.

“From where we were a week before the start of the season, we’ve come a long way,” Birk said. “[We had] a couple pieces missing there during training camp, but I feel like we’ve gotten better as the season has gone on – certainly just the comfort level, chemistry, cohesion, whatever you want to call it.”

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Rice absent from Ravens’ final practice of week

Posted on 05 January 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With the Ravens conducting a final practice this week before a much-deserved long weekend, running back Ray Rice was missing from the open portion of practice open to the media on Thursday.

Rice practiced on Wednesday and spoke to the media following the workout, a good indication the Pro Bowl back was simply receiving an extra day off. Other absentees included linebackers Ray Lewis (toe), Jameel McClain (knee), and Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (thigh), and right guard Marshal Yanda (ribs/thigh). Injuries listed in parentheses are unofficial with the Ravens not releasing an injury report this week.

Left guard Ben Grubbs returned to practice after receiving a day to rest the turf toe condition that forced him to miss six games earlier this season.

Running back Ray Rice has been voted the team’s Most Valuable Player by the Baltimore media while safety Bernard Pollard was the recipient of the Media Nice Guy award. I’ll have more later in the afternoon.

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Ravens back to practice during bye week minus six players

Posted on 04 January 2012 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 4:45 p.m.)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Beginning preparations for any one of three opponents when they return to action a week from Sunday, the Ravens returned to the practice field to stay sharp while completing some self-evaluation during their bye week.

In a practice that resembled one you might see in training camp with apparatuses being used for tight ends and running backs to fire out of their stance in a low position, six players were missing during the portion of practice open to the media.

Linebackers Ray Lewis and Jameel McClain (MCL sprain), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, guards Marshal Yanda (chest) and Ben Grubbs were not present as the rest of the team practiced on its indoor field to stay away from the bitter cold in Owings Mills. Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps) was on the field but was not working before he walked off as the viewing portion of practice concluded.

Yanda’s absence was not surprising given the impressive display of courage he put forth in playing at a high level against the Bengals despite suffering from rib and thigh contusions that kept him out of practice for most of the week leading up to the Week 17 showdown. Needless to say, the bye couldn’t come at a better time for the Pro Bowl right guard.

“It will be huge,” Yanda said. “Get that extra week of recovery, and that’s just money to heal and be ready to play whoever we play next Sunday.”

Meanwhile, the sight of linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and defensive backs Tom Zbikowski and Jimmy Smith all practicing was an encouraging one as all three have suffered concussions over the last two weeks. Ellerbe was inactive for the Ravens’ 24-16 win over the Bengals to conclude the regular season after suffering his on Christmas Eve while the latter two sustained concussions against Cincinnati. With the Ravens not participating in any contact drills this week, it is unclear whether the three concussed players have been officially cleared.

As anticipated, wide receiver Anquan Boldin (knee) was practicing and appeared to be moving well during the open portion of practice. The veteran practiced on a limited basis on Friday before missing his second straight game on Sunday.

With the Ravens releasing veteran kicker Shayne Graham on Tuesday, it was a clear sign that Billy Cundiff is finally over the left calf issue that forced him out of the Ravens’ Week 16 win over Cleveland. Cundiff expressed frustration with being unable to kick with authority during the month of December, especially on kickoffs where the 2010 Pro Bowl kicker excels.

“It sucked not knowing if [the calf] would hold up, that’s not the best feeling,” Cundiff said. “Not being able to be aggressive, not being able to know if it’s going to hold up, not having the power really to pull when I plant, that affects being aggressive. For me to be able to actually get through a game and be able to do the things that I’m supposed to do, I’ve got to have the strength first and foremost.”

Since they are not playing a game this weekend, the Ravens did not release an injury report following Wednesday’s practice.

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Rice, six other Ravens named to AFC Pro Bowl roster

Posted on 27 December 2011 by Luke Jones

On the cusp of an AFC North division title with a win in their regular-season finale against Cincinnati, the Ravens have been recognized for their success as seven players were named to the AFC Pro Bowl team on Tuesday.

Linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, safety Ed Reed, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, running back Ray Rice, and fullback Vonta Leach were all named starters while guard Marshal Yanda, a first-time selection, will serve as a backup for the AFC squad.

Despite missing four games with a turf toe injury, the 16-year veteran Lewis was named to his 13th Pro Bowl roster. The inside linebacker has a team-high 88 tackles while adding two sacks and an interception.

Suggs has garnered attention for AP Defensive Player of the Year consideration after collecting 13 sacks to lead the Baltimore defense and the entire AFC. This is the 29-year-old’s fifth Pro Bowl selection in his nine seasons in the league. Suggs is the Ravens’ all-time leader in sacks (81 1/2) and has produced three three-sack performances this season.

“First off, I definitely want to give a tremendous amount of credit to my coaches, especially [defensive line coach] Clarence Brooks and [outside linebackers coach] Ted Monachino,” Suggs said. “Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I felt like a kid when I got the call; I was excited and honored. This wouldn’t be possible without my teammates.”

Reed was named to his eighth Pro Bowl team in 10 seasons despite a quiet year in which he’s grabbed three interceptions, two of them coming in the Ravens’ season-opening win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11.

Ngata was named to his third straight Pro Bowl after posting 61 tackles and five sacks this season. The 330-pound defensive lineman also recorded his first career touchdown with a 28-yard fumble recovery against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3. His play on the defensive line has led the Baltimore defense to have the second-ranked run defense (91.8 yards per game) in the NFL.

“It is a privilege and honor to be considered one of the best at your position among your peers, coaches and fans,” Ngata said. “When I found out, I felt the same way I did the first time I made it. I know that this wouldn’t be possible without my teammates.”

Needing only 131 yards from scrimmage in the season finale to reach the 2,000-yard mark for the season, Rice was named to his second Pro Bowl. His 1,173 rushing yards rank third in the AFC, and Rice’s 696 receiving yards lead all running backs.

The man blocking for Rice all season will also lead the running back’s way to Honolulu as Leach was named to his second straight Pro Bowl. In his first year with the Ravens, Leach has delivered punishing blocks to clear paths for Rice and has also carried the ball a career-high 11 times for 34 yards while adding 12 receptions for 51 yards.

“With changing teams, the lockout and trying to learn a new playbook, I am so proud and happy to be going with my backfield mate,” Leach said. “This is a great thing and something to celebrate. But, that will have to wait until after the season.”

Rounding out the list of Pro Bowl selections is Yanda, who earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl of his five-year career. Yanda has not committed an offensive penalty all season long and has graded out with a “winning performance or better” in every game, according to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

“I am ecstatic, that is really the only thing I can say,” Yanda said. “This is such a great honor, something that I never really expected. When I made it to the NFL, I was so happy to be on a team and playing in the league, and now, to be a part of a Pro Bowl team is something very special. You don’t get there alone; you have to be on a good team and playing well as a unit. I am thankful for my teammates and coaches who helped me get to where I am.”

The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 29 in Hawaii, but the Ravens named to the team envision themselves being ineligible to play due to a much bigger game they hope to be involved in the following week.

“To be clear, I have no intentions of playing in the Pro Bowl,” Suggs said. “I plan on being in practice with my teammates that week, getting ready for the Super Bowl.”

Guard Ben Grubbs was named a first alternate to the Pro Bowl squad while special teams standout Brendon Ayanbadejo was designated a second alternate. Quarterback Joe Flacco and safety Bernard Pollard were deemed third alternates while offensive tackle Michael Oher was labeled a fourth alternate.

Ayanbadejo led all special teams players in the fan vote while Oher received the most fan votes among offensive tackles.

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Webb, Cundiff absent in final practice of week for San Diego

Posted on 16 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Taking the practice field for the final time before departing for San Diego on Friday afternoon, the Ravens were without cornerback Lardarius Webb and kicker Billy Cundiff for the third straight day.

Webb will likely miss Sunday night’s game against the Chargers after suffering a turf toe injury in the Ravens’ 24-10 win over Indianapolis last Sunday. Rookie Jimmy Smith would start in Webb’s place should the No. 1 corner be unavailable.

Cundiff (left calf) has not practiced all week as he continues to deal with a left calf issue that limited his ability to kick off against the Colts last Sunday, which left those duties to punter Sam Koch in the second half. The Ravens had been in contact with veteran Shayne Graham last weekend if Cundiff was unable to kick but chose not to make the roster move.

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Defensive end Cory Redding (ankle) returned to the practice field on Friday after sitting out the first two practices of the week. He is expected to play on Sunday night.

Linebacker Ray Lewis (toe) and cornerback Chris Carr (back) practiced for the third straight day and appear set to return to action after their respective layoffs due to injury. Lewis, of course, would return to his normal spot as the leader of the defense at inside linebacker while Carr may be asked to handle punt return duties in Webb’s absence. Carr would also figure to factor into defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano’s plans at the nickel position along with Danny Gorrer.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (back) and guard Ben Grubbs (toe) were both practicing for the second straight day after they were given a day of rest on Wednesday.

Sunday night’s referee will be Carl Cheffers. The forecast in San Diego calls for temperatures in the low 60s and clear skies for kickoff at 8:20 p.m. The Chargers will wear their popular powder blue jerseys in the nationally-televised night game while the Ravens will wear their white jerseys.

The Ravens are scheduled to take off for San Diego at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. It’s common practice for East Coast teams to travel to West Coast cities a day early to adjust to the time change.

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Lewis practices for second straight day

Posted on 15 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It’s looking more and more likely the Ravens will have the services of veteran linebacker Ray Lewis in a critical battle with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.

The 36-year-old practiced for the second straight day on a limited basis after missing Baltimore’s last four games with a turf toe injury. Considering coach John Harbaugh said earlier in the week that he estimated Lewis wouldn’t necessarily need practice time before returning to game action, the inside linebacker’s attendance at practice makes his return on Sunday night all the more likely.

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After being absent on Wednesday, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and left guard Ben Grubbs returned to work on a limited basis while kicker Billy Cundiff, defensive end Cory Redding, and cornerback Lardarius Webb were non-participants for the second straight day.

Mild concern has risen with Redding missing his second straight day of practice, but Webb is still considered the most serious concern among the three.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: K Billy Cundiff (left calf), DE Cory Redding (ankle), CB Lardarius Webb (toe)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: G Ben Grubbs (toe), DT Haloti Ngata (back), CB Chris Carr (back), LB Ray Lewis (foot)
FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Anthony Allen (thigh)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: C Colin Baxter (ankle), LB Donald Butler (foot), DE Jacques Cesaire (ankle), LB Takeo Spikes (back)
LIMITED: S Darrell Stuckey (groin)

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