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Ravens-Chargers: Inactives and pre-game notes

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Ravens-Chargers: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 25 November 2012 by Luke Jones

Looking to make last season’s ugly defeat in San Diego a distant memory, the Ravens take on the Chargers for the ninth time in franchise history.

The teams are tied 4-4 in the all-time series as Baltimore tries to improve to 3-4 in games played at Qualcomm Stadium. Sunday marks the Ravens’ third visit to San Diego in four years.

Despite being listed as questionable and practicing all week on a limited basis, defensive end Pernell McPhee is inactive for the fourth straight game and hasn’t played since before the Week 8 bye. His last action came in Baltimore’s 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Oct. 21.

Veteran cornerback Chris Johnson joined second-year defensive back Jimmy Smith on the inactive list, leaving the Ravens thin in the secondary. As a result, rookie Asa Jackson is active for the first time this season.

Guard Bobbie Williams is also inactive for the second straight week, eliminating any small doubt over who would start at left guard. Second-year offensive lineman Jah Reid will make his second straight start at the position. Williams wasn’t listed on this week’s injury report.

As expected, tight end Dennis Pitta is active after he passed his baseline neurological test on Friday, which cleared him for contact after suffering a concussion in Pittsburgh last Sunday.

For San Diego, starting left guard Tyronne Green is inactive as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. He will be replaced by Rex Hadnot in the starting lineup.

The Ravens are wearing white jerseys and black pants while San Diego wears its popular powder blue jerseys.

Here are the inactive lists for Sunday …

BALTIMORE
CB Jimmy Smith
CB Chris Johnson
G Bobbie Williams
OL Ramon Harewood
WR Deonte Thompson
DE Pernell McPhee
DT Bryan Hall

SAN DIEGO
WR Eddie Royal
LB Larry English
LB Jonas Mouton
TE Dante Rosario
S Brandon Taylor
WR Curtis Brinkley
G Tyronne Green

Follow WNST on Twitter throughout the day as Nestor Aparicio brings live updates and analysis from Qualcomm Stadium.

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Ravens-Chargers: Five predictions for Sunday

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Ravens-Chargers: Five predictions for Sunday

Posted on 24 November 2012 by Luke Jones

Still chasing the Houston Texans for the top seed in the AFC, the Ravens travel to San Diego for the third time in four years to take on the struggling Chargers.

Here’s what to expect as Baltimore tries to improve to 5-4 all-time against the Chargers and avenge a 34-14 beating suffered last December …

1. The Baltimore defense will force a turnover against quarterback Philip Rivers to set up a touchdown. Pressuring Rivers will be critical as the San Diego offensive line has been porous all season, allowing 26 sacks and contributing to his league-leading 14 interceptions entering Week 12. I’m not sure the Ravens will be able to get to him consistently, but they’ll bait Rivers into throwing a pick to set up the offense on a short field. After dealing with the drama of initially being handed a one-game suspension before winning his appeal, safety Ed Reed will come to play on Sunday and is the likeliest candidate to pull off a theft in what will be a pass-happy day for Rivers and the Chargers.

2. Neither running game will be a major factor at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Chargers have struggled to run the ball and will try to exploit an injury-plagued secondary with their passing game. The Ravens haven’t run the ball effectively in recent weeks and will be facing the league’s third-ranked rush defense. Favorable conditions and San Diego’s 19th-ranked pass defense will coax the Ravens into putting the game in the hands of quarterback Joe Flacco as the running game will solely be used to keep the Chargers honest. Neither Ryan Mathews nor Ray Rice will sniff the 100-yard rushing mark in this one.

3. Tall receiving target Malcom Floyd will give the Ravens’ depleted secondary fits for the second year in a row. The recent emergence of 6-foot-5 target Danario Alexander on the other side gives Rivers two gigantic targets on the outside to go along with tight end Antonio Gates and has helped offset the departure of Vincent Jackson and the disappointing production from free-agent bust Robert Meachem. The absence of Jimmy Smith and newly-signed veteran Chris Johnson will leave smaller corners in Corey Graham and Chykie Brown on the field in the nickel package while a taller Cary Williams doesn’t play with much of a physical presence anyway. Floyd burned the Ravens last year to the tune of five catches, 96 yards, and a touchdown. Floyd will post similar numbers on Sunday and will catch a touchdown pass against Baltimore for the second year in a row.

4. Torrey Smith will bounce back from a rough outing last week to catch a touchdown. Pittsburgh was able to make Smith a non-factor as he was held to only one catch for seven yards after he had caught three touchdown passes in the two previous games. The Ravens will go with three-wide sets early in the game to make Jacoby Jones’ presence felt and detract some safety attention from Smith. The second-year wide receiver may not catch a long bomb for a score, but he’ll show off his improved route-running ability against the Chargers and utilize his speed to score his eighth touchdown of the season in a bounce-back performance.

5. The Ravens are clearly the better team, but a Pittsburgh hangover, an inconsistent offense, and an unfavorable matchup in the passing game result in a 24-20 loss to the Chargers. A physical and emotionally-draining game with Pittsburgh always leaves both teams weary the following week as the Ravens dropped both games last season immediately following wins over the Steelers. Until they prove otherwise away from M&T Bank Stadium, Flacco and the Baltimore offense cannot be trusted to score enough points to overcome a defense that’s depleted in the secondary and matching up with big receiving targets all over the field. There won’t be much room in the running game, meaning Flacco will need to win this one for the Ravens. The offense won’t be as brutally bad as it was in Pittsburgh, but it won’t be able to save the day by fending off an upset in a difficult West Coast trip.

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Pitta, Cody probable; McPhee questionable for San Diego game

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Pitta, Cody probable; McPhee questionable for San Diego game

Posted on 23 November 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Finishing a week of practice before traveling to San Diego for Sunday’s game against the Chargers, the Ravens turned in a favorable final injury report.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee is listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis all week while veteran cornerback Chris Johnson was labeled as doubtful after missing practice for the third straight day with a hamstring injury.

Listed as probable, Dennis Pitta is expected to play against the Chargers after he passed a baseline neurological test on Friday, which cleared him for contact. The third-year tight end practiced on a limited basis all week.

Coach John Harbaugh was encouraged to see McPhee, Pitta, and nose tackle Terrence Cody practice all week but would not offer much on their respective statuses for Sunday prior to the release of Friday’s injury report.

“I feel confident that they have a chance to play,” Harbaugh said.

Pitta left in the first quarter of last Sunday’s game against the Steelers after sustaining a big hit from the combination of linebacker Lawrence Timmons and safety Ryan Clark. He also temporarily left the game the week before after taking another hit against the Oakland Raiders before returning to action later that day.

“It’s nothing that you can worry about, because it’s part of the risk of playing football,” Pitta said. “I’ve taken a couple big hits the last couple weeks and had they been worse, I might be a little bit more concerned about it. I felt good all week and really have no issues.”

McPhee hasn’t played since the Ravens’ 43-13 loss in Houston in Week 7 as he’s rested knee and thigh injuries. The second-year defensive end practiced two days on a limited basis last week, but Harbaugh said earlier this week it was never realistic for McPhee to play in Pittsburgh.

The defensive lineman declared himself close to 100 percent last week before missing his third straight game.

“I feel like I could go out and compete, but it’s all [Harbaugh's] decision,” McPhee said. “He’s going to make the best decision. He knows where I’m at and he knows the right decision to make. I feel better about my chances.”

Meanwhile, the Chargers have ruled out linebacker Larry English, wide receiver Eddie Royal, and former Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither for Sunday’s game.

Hampered by a groin injury that’s limited him to just four games this season, Gaither was placed on injured reserve on Friday.

Former Ravens defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin was listed as questionable with a knee injury.

BALTIMORE
OUT: CB Jimmy Smith (abs)
DOUBTFUL: CB Chris Johnson (thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Pernell McPhee (thigh)
PROBABLE: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (shoulder), NT Terrence Cody (arm), TE Ed Dickson (neck), LB Dannell Ellerbe (toe/finger), S James Ihedigbo (neck), WR/RS Jacoby Jones (ankle), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), TE Dennis Pitta (head), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), LB Terrell Suggs (shoulder/ankle), OLB Courtney Upshaw (shoulder), G Marshal Yanda (ankle)

SAN DIEGO
OUT: LB Larry English (calf), T Jared Gaither (groin)*, WR Eddie Royal (hamstring)
DOUBTFUL: G Tyronne Green (hamstring), TE Dante Rosario (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Aubrayo Franklin (knee)
PROBABLE: S Atari Bigby (shoulder), P Mike Scifres (right ankle), G Louis Vasquez (ankle)

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Ravens hope lightning doesn’t strike twice in San Diego

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Ravens hope lightning doesn’t strike twice in San Diego

Posted on 23 November 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It didn’t happen in the blink of an eye, but there was no sugarcoating the Ravens’ humbling 34-14 defeat to quarterback Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers last December.

The prime-time thrashing not only handed Baltimore its fourth and final loss of the regular season, but it stripped the Ravens of their grip on the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They won their final two games of the regular season but finished a game behind New England, which resulted in the Ravens traveling to Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship instead of the Patriots potentially coming to Baltimore for a championship showdown.

We know what happened after that, and you can’t help but wonder how events might have played out differently had the Ravens not been on the losing end of that contest against Rivers and the erratic Chargers, who enter Sunday’s meeting with a 4-6 record and their playoff hopes on life support.

“Last year, it wasn’t that pleasant,” linebacker Terrel Suggs said. “Before I could look up, it was 31-7. It was like raining touchdowns out there. He’s a good quarterback. We definitely can’t make it a seven-on-seven contest.”

The Chargers have looked just plain bad more than erratic this season as Rivers has thrown a league-high 14 interceptions to go along with 2,461 yards and 17 touchdowns. San Diego has two wins since Week 2 — both coming against the doormat Kansas City Chiefs — but a victory over the Ravens could be viewed as a long-shot to change the season for Norv Turner, who appears on his way out as Chargers coach.

The Ravens have been down this road before in preparing for San Diego. Their margin for error is slim as they continue to chase the 10-1 Houston Texans for the AFC’s top spot while trying to hold off New England and Denver, who both trail Baltimore by one game in the loss column of the conference standings.

Unlike last season’s San Diego game when the Ravens’ path to the No. 1 seed was completely in their hands, Baltimore still needs help, but a loss on Sunday would be a major blow to their hopes for home-field advantage throughout January. A measure of revenge might be healthy for the Ravens’ psyche as well as they travel to San Diego for the third time in the last four seasons.

“[I am] thankful for another opportunity to go against Philip after he sliced us and diced us last year,” coach John Harbaugh said. “It will be a big challenge. He’s a great player. Between the quarterback and their receivers, they’re maybe the most talented passing group in the league.”

That talent hasn’t translated to success on the field as the Chargers lost former No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson in free agency this past March and currently rank 23rd in total offense, 17th in passing offense, and 16th in points per game.

Despite his struggles with taking care of the football this season, Rivers’ talents aren’t lost on the Ravens as he still has two dangerous targets in tight end Antonio Gates and tall wide receiver Malcom Floyd, who burned the Baltimore defense to the tune of five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown last season. This, coupled with a secondary depleted by injuries, has Harbaugh and the Ravens looking beyond the underwhelming statistics.

“You look at what they are capable of accomplishing,” Harbaugh said. “For the most part, it has been turnovers on offense for them. I’m sure they feel if they can clean that up, they can play really well. We’ve got to take that into account.”

Even if the Baltimore defense can build upon its impressive performance in Pittsburgh and hold Rivers and the San Diego offense in check, the great equalizer on Sunday might be the Chargers defense, which entered Week 12 ranked eighth in yards allowed and tied for 13th in points surrendered. Managing to win consecutive road games for the first time since 2010, the Ravens offense certainly didn’t do much at Heinz Field last week as they continued their chronic struggles away from M&T Bank Stadium.

In five road contests this season, the Ravens are only averaging 16.6 points per game as quarterback Joe Flacco has completed only 54.2 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and four interceptions away from M&T Bank Stadium. In the San Diego secondary, Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle provides a serious challenge as the versatile defensive back will sometimes play close to the line of scrimmage in run support while other times dropping deep into coverage, making him difficult to find at times.

Perhaps a bigger hurdle than the Chargers for the Ravens on Sunday could be themselves after an emotionally-draining and physical win over their bitter rivals last Sunday night. Baltimore could be vulnerable to a lackluster showing after following both wins against Pittsburgh last season with ugly road defeats to inferior opponents (Tennessee and Seattle).

The Ravens have practiced later in the afternoon all week — after doing research on sleep cycles and energy cycles, according to Harbaugh — and traveled to San Diego on Friday to adjust to the change in time zone and climate. With so much to lose in the event of another defeat to the Chargers, the Ravens hope the changes will be enough to return home with a victory late Sunday night.

“I always appreciate the Friday trips, but you’ve got to get out there and understand it’s a business trip,” running back Ray Rice said. “It’s not out there for leisure. You’ve got to try to do that out there with a different time change. But we do a pretty good job of adjusting. Now we’ve got to go ahead and take it to the field and just adjust a little faster.”

The Ravens will need to if they want to avoid another misstep in San Diego with so much to play for down the final stretch of the season.

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Ravens continue preparations for San Diego on Thanksgiving

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Ravens continue preparations for San Diego on Thanksgiving

Posted on 22 November 2012 by Luke Jones

Practicing earlier in the day before taking time to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, the Ravens continued preparations for a trip to San Diego and saw the return of wide receiver Jacoby Jones to the practice field.

The standout kick returner practiced on a limited basis a day after sitting out with an ankle injury.

Aside from injured cornerback Jimmy Smith — who had already been ruled out after undergoing sports hernia surgery last week — veteran cornerback Chris Johnson was the only player to miss Thursday’s workout as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

Tight end Dennis Pitta (head), nose tackle Terrence Cody (elbow), and defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh/knee) all practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day.

For San Diego, defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin returned to the practice field after missing Wednesday’s practice, but offensive tackle and fellow former Raven Jared Gaither missed practice for a second straight day with a groin injury.

The referee for Sunday’s game will be Gene Steratore, who officiated the Ravens’ Week 4 matchup against Cleveland in the first game after the NFL officials lockout was resolved.

BALTIMORE
OUT: CB Jimmy Smith (abs)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Chris Johnson (thigh)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: NT Terrence Cody (arm), TE Ed Dickson (neck), LB Dannell Ellerbe (toe/finger), S James Ihedigbo (neck), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), TE Dennis Pitta (head), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), LB Terrell Suggs (shoulder/ankle), WR/RS Jacoby Jones (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (shoulder), OLB Courtney Upshaw (shoulder), G Marshal Yanda (ankle)

SAN DIEGO
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Larry English (calf), T Jared Gaither (groin), G Tyronne Green (hamstring), TE Dante Rosario (hamstring), WR Eddie Royal (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DT Aubrayo Franklin (knee), S Atari Bigby (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION: P Mike Scifres (right ankle), G Louis Vasquez (ankle)

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Former Ravens linebacker Johnson ready to reunite with former teammates

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Former Ravens linebacker Johnson ready to reunite with former teammates

Posted on 21 November 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Former Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson sent a text message to running back Ray Rice and several other former teammates Wednesday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s game in San Diego and the message was clear.

Guys, you better bring your game faces!

The new Chargers linebacker has adjusted to life in a new town, but he still identifies with the city he called home for nine years. Old feelings don’t die easily, especially when you have the type of blue-collar reputation revered in a place like Baltimore.

“It was weird the first time I saw them on TV,” Johnson said. “It was really weird watching the Pittsburgh game the other night on the way home from Denver. That’s a game the Ravens look forward to, and looking out there and me not being one of them was a little weird.”

It was just eight months ago that a choked-up Johnson sent another text message to those same teammates, informing them of his decision to sign a four-year, $19 million contract with the San Diego Chargers in what was a bittersweet day for the 31-year-old. He knew it was time to move on as the Ravens were strapped for salary cap room while Johnson wanted a long-term contract for the latter portion of his career.

He now faces those former teammates for the first time this Sunday as the Ravens look to improve to 9-2 and avenge an embarrassing 34-14 loss from last season. At 4-6, the Chargers have struggled offensively, but Johnson has been a welcome addition to a respectable defense that ranks eighth in total yards and tied for 13th in points allowed.

Serving primarily in running situations in his first season with San Diego, Johnson has accumulated 26 tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble.

Never possessing the flash of Ray Lewis or the physical tools of Terrell Suggs, Johnson prided himself on doing the dirty work, setting the edge at the strongside linebacker position and playing in a franchise-record 129 consecutive games before his free-agent departure in March.

His 382 tackles, nine forced fumbles, and 20 sacks over his nine years in Baltimore all rank in the top 10 in the history of the franchise.

“He epitomized what it was to be a Raven,” Rice said. “He was a no-nonsense kind of guy here.”

The scene figures to be especially significant for Suggs, who roomed with Johnson when they were rookies in 2003. Suggs was the Ravens’ first-round pick while Johnson was an undersized defensive lineman from Alabama drafted in the fourth round.

Johnson transitioned from the defensive line to outside linebacker and worked his way up the depth chart in the early years of his career before finally joining Suggs in the starting lineup in 2007. Though offering different skills, the two formed one of the top outside linebacker duos in the NFL over a five-year period.

“I’m definitely going to give him a hug,” said Suggs, who joked about offering the silent treatment or even a cheap shot to his former teammate. “Me and Jarret, we came in the same class together [in the 2003 draft], and it was nine years, me and him. It’s definitely going to be a little emotional to see him wearing a different color and playing for a different team.”

Both have faced trials this season as Johnson took on the challenge of adjusting to new coaches and teammates as well as an entirely different defensive system while Suggs rehabbed from surgery to repair a partially-torn Achilles tendon sustained in late April.

The two kept in touch over those months but will now be on opposing sides in San Diego on Sunday.

“We’ve been through a lot of wars together,” Johnson said. “We are kind of polar opposites personality-wise, but it was kind of an odd mix. The experiences you go through on and off the football field are things that you remember forever. He’s been a very important person in my football career.”

As he expressed the day he signed with the Chargers on March 14, Johnson holds no ill thoughts toward his former team. The business side of the game can be difficult to accept for many players when they’re forced to depart the place they called home, but the former Raven sounds happy, even if San Diego appears to be a team in transition and likely heading toward a coaching change.

It isn’t Baltimore, but Johnson is feeling right at home.

“I wanted to finish my career there,” Johnson said. “It’s where I spent nine great years. Love the staff there. Definitely where I wanted to finish, but I kind of knew the writing on the wall going into the [final] year. You can’t pay everybody.

“I was just fortunate enough to have a team like San Diego. Other than staying, I couldn’t have drawn up a better storyline for my career.”

 

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Pitta, Cody, McPhee practice; J. Jones sits out on Wednesday

Posted on 21 November 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens appeared to be in relatively good shape from a health standpoint on Wednesday as they continued preparations for a meeting with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Tight end Dennis Pitta (concussion-related symptoms), nose tackle Terrence Cody (elbow), and defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee/thigh) were all present and worked on a limited basis. Cody and McPhee were both inactive for Sunday’s game against the Steelers while Pitta left the contest in the first quarter after taking a severe hit from Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons and safety Ryan Clark.

Newly-signed cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring) and wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) appeared to be doing some work during the open portion of practice but were listed as non-participants on Wednesday.

Coach John Harbaugh expressed optimism on Monday that Pitta should be fine to play this week after his symptoms had already begun to subside during Sunday night’s game.

Cody and McPhee both missed practice on Friday before sitting out against Pittsburgh. An elbow injury sustained in practice last week sidelined Cody, and McPhee has dealt with knee and thigh issues that have forced him out of the Ravens’ last three games.

Cornerback Jimmy Smith was ruled out for Sunday’s game as he continues to recover from sports hernia surgery.

Newly-signed cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring) and wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) appeared to be doing some work during the open portion of practice but were listed as non-participants on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Chargers had six players absent from Wednesday’s workout, including former Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither and defensive tackle Aubrayo Frankllin.

Here is the full injury report for Wednesday …

BALTIMORE
OUT: CB Jimmy Smith (abs)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Chris Johnson (thigh), WR/RS Jacoby Jones (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: NT Terrence Cody (arm), TE Ed Dickson (neck), LB Dannell Ellerbe (toe/finger), S James Ihedigbo (neck), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), TE Dennis Pitta (head), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), LB Terrell Suggs (shoulder/ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (shoulder), OLB Courtney Upshaw (shoulder), G Marshal Yanda (ankle)

SAN DIEGO
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Larry English (calf), DT Aubrayo Franklin (knee), T Jared Gaither (groin), G Tyronne Green (hamstring), TE Dante Rosario (hamstring), WR Eddie Royal (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: S Atari Bigby (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION: P Mike Scifres (right ankle), G Louis Vasquez (ankle)

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Suggs recounts his awful memories of San Diego & Rivers

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Suggs recounts his awful memories of San Diego & Rivers

Posted on 21 November 2012 by WNSTV

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto (Saturday 10pm from Ontario, CA live on HBO); Women’s College Basketball: American @ Maryland (Wednesday 4pm Comcast Center); CFL: Grey Cup-Calgary Stampeders vs. Toronto Argonauts (Sunday 6pm from Toronto live on NBC Sports Network)

10. Bob Dylan feat. Mark Knopfler (Tuesday 7:30pm Verizon Center); All Time Low (Friday 7pm Rams Head Live Saturday 6pm Recher Theatre); Charm City Devils (Friday 6:30pm Recher Theatre); Laughing Colors (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Citizen Cope (Wednesday 7pm Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Of Monsters And Men (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Duncan Sheik (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Ballyhoo (Wednesday 9pm Greene Turtle Aberdeen); B.B. King (Saturday & Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); R. Kelly (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Led Zeppelin “Celebration Day”, Phillip Phillips “The World From The Side Of The Moon”, Coldplay “Live 2012″, O.A.R. “Live on Red Rocks” and AC/DC “Live at River Plate” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ve been playing an ATL song on the show recently. Might not be my thing, but if you name a song “For Baltimore” you can be sure I’ll be in on it.

I saw Citizen Cope again this summer, I remembered I freaking LOVE seeing Citizen Cope…

Of Monsters And Men won’t make a ton of critics’ choice lists this year, but they should…

I watched O.A.R.’s Red Rocks show live on AXS TV back in the summer. It was tremendous. Of course it was.

9. D.L. Hughley (Friday 8:30pm Warner Theatre), Jay Mohr (Saturday 8 & 10:30pm Magooby’s Joke House), Donnell Rawlings (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Life of Pi“, “Red Dawn“, “Rise of the Guardians (Wednesday) and “Hitchcock” out in theaters (Friday); “The Expendables 2″ available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Festival of Trees (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds)

If you can’t remember how you know Jay Mohr, the answer is from his AWESOME annual stop to see WNST at the Super Bowl…

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NFL suspends Ed Reed one game for violations of player safety rules

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NFL suspends Ed Reed one game for violations of player safety rules

Posted on 19 November 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Shortly before Ravens coach John Harbaugh met with the media for his Monday press conference, the NFL announced a one-game suspension for safety Ed Reed for repeated violations of player safety rules.

The 34-year-old was flagged for unnecessary roughness on a blow to the head of Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the third quarter of the Ravens’ 13-10 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Per the NFL’s official release, Reed will be suspended one game without pay for repeated “hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.”

According to the league, the hit on Sanders was Reed’s third violation in the last three seasons. Earlier this year, Reed hit Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch to draw a $21,000 fine. The safety also hit Saints quarterback Drew Brees in a similar fashion in 2010.

“None of those were intent to injure or harm in any way,” said Harbaugh, who admitted he was surprised to learn of the league’s decision to suspend the star player. “I think when you look at the hits, that’s pretty obvious. We all know Ed. Ed respects the game; he respects his fellow players.”

The one-game suspension without pay means Reed stands to lose approximately $423,529 of his $7.2 million base salary.

The free safety will appeal the suspension and the Ravens anticipate a decision by Wednesday in order to determine whether he will be available against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Harbaugh described Reed’s potential absence as a “blow” to the Baltimore defense for obvious reasons.

“Ed has told us that he’s going to appeal the suspension right away,” Harbaugh said. “We should know something very soon.”

The eight-time Pro Bowl safety would not be allowed to take part in practices this week or even be present at the team’s training facility in Owings Mills. He would then be reinstated next Monday.

Reed has been critical of the league in terms of its failure to protect its players. His revelation that he was dealing with a torn labrum in his shoulder was a precursor to the Ravens being fined $20,000 for failing to list him on the injury report in the days leading into their Week 7 loss at Houston.

“He’s a good person,” Harbaugh said. “He’s got a good heart. He’s got tremendous respect for the game, and we stand behind him in that respect as a team and an organization.”

If Reed is unavailable to play against the Chargers, the Ravens would likely go with reserve safety James Ihedigbo as a starter next to Bernard Pollard in the secondary.

 

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