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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 17

Posted on 03 January 2012 by Luke Jones

Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 24-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 that gave Baltimore an AFC North title and first-round bye in the playoffs. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2011 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

To hear our full explanation for our respective lists, click HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Cary Williams

6) Joe Flacco

5) Dennis Pitta

4) Terrell Suggs

3) Vonta Leach

2) Marshal Yanda

1) Ray Rice

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Ravens add Boldin to shrinking injury report on Wednesday

Posted on 21 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — At a time of year when many teams have a laundry list of players on their injury reports, the Ravens find themselves getting healthier as they enter a Week 16 meeting with the Cleveland Browns.

Baltimore only listed three players on its first practice report of the week as defensive end Cory Redding, wide receiver Anquan Boldin, and kicker Billy Cundiff did not participate in Wednesday’s outdoor practice. Redding has been dealing with a sore ankle while Cundiff is hampered with a left calf injury that forced the Ravens to sign veteran Shayne Graham as an insurance policy.

It’s unclear whether Boldin’s listed knee injury is more an issue of soreness or something he obtained in the loss to San Diego last Sunday night. He was present for the team’s walk-through practice on Tuesday afternoon.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb, linebacker Ray Lewis, and cornerback Chris Carr were not listed on Wednesday’s injury report, a sign that the Ravens are getting healthier as the postseason looms closer.

Meanwhile, the Browns listed had seven players absent from Wednesday’s practice, including cornerback Joe Haden, wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, and quarterback Colt McCoy. The Cleveland signal caller is not expected to play on Sunday, turning the reins to veteran Seneca Wallace.

Four other Browns players were listed as limited participants for Wednesday’s practice.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Anquan Boldin (knee), K Billy Cundiff (L calf), DE Cory Redding (ankle)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Joe Haden (thigh), LB Ben Jacobs (head), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (foot), QB Colt McCoy (head), WR Jordan Norwood (head), DT Scott Paxson (hand/calf), S TJ Ward (foot)
LIMITED: WR Josh Cribbs (groin), FB Owen Marecic (head/ankle), T Tony Pashos (ankle), S Usama Young (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Montario Hardesty (calf), G Shawn Lauvao (ankle), DT Brian Schaefering (ankle)

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Lewis, Webb, Cundiff, four others questionable for San Diego

Posted on 16 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens coach John Harbaugh set the tone for the week’s final injury report on Friday afternoon before seven players were listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, including linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb.

In addition to Lewis and Webb, kicker Billy Cundiff, defensive end Cory Redding, cornerback Chris Carr, guard Ben Grubbs, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were also listed as questionable.

“You really don’t know for sure,” said Harbaugh, who was in no mood to discuss specific players after Friday’s practice. “It depends on how guys improve, how it responds to practice, how they feel the day of the game. It’s just the reality of it. Why sit up here and try to speculate? We’ll know Sunday night.”

Despite being designated as questionable, Lewis is expected to make his much-awaited return after being sidelined four games with a turf toe injury. The 36-year-old veteran practiced on a limited basis all week without any setbacks.

Of the seven players listed as questionable, Webb is the only one considered to be in real danger of missing Sunday’s game after the starting corner suffered a left toe injury in the Ravens’ 24-10 win over Indianapolis last Sunday. Webb did not practice all week despite expressing some hope that he’d be able to play.

Cundiff also failed to practice all week, but the kicker is still expected to handle field goal duties. Punter Sam Koch could handle kickoff duties as he did in the second half of last Sunday’s game to alleviate some pressure on Cundiff’s injured left calf.

After missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Redding returned to practice on a limited basis. The defensive end said the extra rest provided much relief to his sore ankle and emphatically declared himself ready to play against the Chargers.

“I’m playing,” Redding said. “It’s Week [15], nobody’s 100 percent. We’re fighting for something over here. I’m playing.”

After being sidelined for the team’s last three games, the Ravens also expect to have Carr’s services in the secondary. The veteran defensive back also shed some light on the nature of the back injury that had sidelined him for a few weeks.

“[The back] feels good. It’s been a frustrating year, injuries-wise, especially when you’ve never had to deal with them before,” said Carr, who said he will be ready to return punts if called upon in Webb’s potential absence. “It’s been trying, but you just feel good being out there practicing and for my back to hold up. Having a bulging disc hurts pretty badly, so it held up well, so I’m pretty fortunate right now.”

Grubbs and Ngata practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday and are not considered to be in any danger of missing Sunday’s game.

QUESTIONABLE: CB Chris Carr (back), K Billy Cundiff (L calf), G Ben Grubbs (toe), LB Ray Lewis (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (back), DT Cory Redding (ankle), CB Lardarius Webb (toe)
PROBABLE: RB Anthony Allen (thigh)

QUESTIONABLE: C Colin Baxter (ankle), LB Donald Butler (foot), DE Jacques Cesaire (ankle), LB Takeo Spikes (back)
PROBABLE: S Darrell Stuckey (groin)

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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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First-round pick Smith ready to shine against San Diego receivers

Posted on 15 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — His first NFL season hasn’t gone exactly to plan, but cornerback Jimmy Smith is ready to prove to everyone why the Ravens used their 27th overall pick to select him in April’s draft.

With Lardarius Webb suffering from a turf toe injury and unlikely to play against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night, Smith is in line to receive his first assignment as a starting cornerback. And a challenging one it will be as a pair of 6-foot-5 receivers, Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd, will try to get the best of Smith and Cary Williams.

However, at 6-foot-2, Smith is better-equipped to go up against taller receivers than most cornerbacks in the NFL. Not only are Jackson and Floyd challenges in terms of height, but their speed is deceptive, according to Smith.

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“These are really big dudes,” Smith said. “I’m considered a big corner, so these dudes have to be considered huge as far as receivers. They can run as well. When you watch them on film, they’re big and they can move pretty well.”

With Smith injuring his ankle early in the season opener against Pittsburgh, his development was stunted after a six-week layoff forcing him to miss four games. While the Colorado product needed time to re-adjust to the speed of the NFL, his preparation in meetings and watching films kept him sharp mentally as his ankle healed in the first half of the season.

That mental preparation has enabled Smith to begin playing at a higher level in recent weeks, as he’s intercepted two passes while playing at cornerback in the Ravens’ nickel package on third down and other passing situations.

“You can see how fast he’s coming back and now the plays that he’s starting to make,” defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said. “That’s only going to continue to go up. From a schematics standpoint, he’s not out there thinking about what his job is anymore. He understands, he knows what to do, and now he’s being able to diagnose and recognize formations and down-and-distance and things like that and just be able to go out and play and make plays.”

From the first day he arrived at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills after the Ravens selected him in the first round of April’s draft, Smith hasn’t lacked confidence and feels comfortable if called upon to step in for Webb’s starting spot on the defense. He’ll need that swagger matching up against two of the biggest receivers in the NFL.

“I feel confident, I always feel confident,” Smith said. “A corner with no confidence is a corner who’s getting beat. I feel very confident that I can step in and do a good job.”

Pagano Bowl?

Though it lacks the luster of the much-anticipated Harbaugh Bowl that took place on Thanksgiving night, the Ravens defensive coordinator will meet his younger brother John Pagano on Sunday night. John is the linebackers coach for the Chargers as the two will meet on opposite sides for the eighth time.

“We don’t talk this week,” the Baltimore coordinator said. “One text after [last] Sunday’s game — ‘Good job’ — and then we kind of shut it down and then wait till the game’s over and then we visit.”

However, the elder Pagano is looking to improve his lifetime record against his younger brother, who had the upper hand when Pagano was an assistant with the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns before joining the Baltimore staff in 2008. The younger brother is the longest-tenured assistant on the San Diego coaching staff after 10 years with the organization.

“I’m 1-6 [against my brother], so the first six were JV teams that we took in there,” Chuck said. “I took a varsity team (the Ravens) there in 2009 and won. We’re taking a varsity team out there again. So, I’m 1-6 against him. It’s always fun to do it, but when that ball’s kicked off, it’s football, so you forget all about that stuff.”

Backfield awareness

The Ravens lead the NFL with 45 sacks, and they’ll try to collect a few more against San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers on Sunday night. However, the manner in which they go about doing it will have to be carefully designed.

Running backs Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert have combined for 90 catches and 790 yards this season as the Chargers will try to discourage the Ravens from blitzing heavily by releasing their backs in open space. Baltimore will need to create pressure with its front four on passing situations to avoid the problems created by the duo of running backs.

“When we do pressure, if we do pressure them, we have to do a great job of making sure we know exactly where they are, because they will free-release them,” Pagano said. “They will get [the running back] out in a heartbeat, so they are not afraid to do that.”

When asked about the Chargers’ tendency to get the ball to their running backs in the passing game, Pagano said it’s no different than quarterback Joe Flacco finding Ray Rice in open space as vertical threats such as Torrey Smith and Lee Evans stretch the field.

“What you see from our offense, it’s the same thing,” Pagano said. “It’s the same exact offense. That’s why people have to do such a great job with handling Ray Rice. They are throwing balls vertically down the field, and everybody is dropping in coverage. Then, you dump it off to him in space.”

Weddle waiting

Flacco will have to deal with the NFL’s seventh-best pass defense in San Diego that is led by fifth-year safety Eric Weddle.

A second-round pick in the 2007 draft out of Utah, Weddle is tied for the league lead in interceptions with seven this season.

“He’s smart, he’s tough,” offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. “Everybody that watched him coming out of college, you can see why they traded up to get him. He kind of quarterbacks the defense and is having a solid year.”

Punt return problem

With Webb’s status remaining unknown, not only will the Ravens be lacking a starting cornerback but also an impact player in the return game.

After Webb returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown two weeks ago in Cleveland, the Ravens must now scramble to potentially find a replacement for the third-year cornerback. The most likely candidate would be veteran defensive back Chris Carr, who has handled those duties in the past, and rookie wide receiver LaQuan Williams.

“We really don’t know yet,” special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg. “Honestly, we have to wait and see how he’s going to be on Sunday, and we’ll make a decision on Sunday.”

The use of Williams at the punt return spot would be a welcome change for the Maryland product after being inactive the last two weeks. The Baltimore native had played in the Ravens’ first 11 games before finding himself on the sidelines against Cleveland and Indianapolis.

“We have high hopes for LaQuan; I think he’s got a very bright future here,” Rosburg said. “I think that as we go forward the rest of the season, his practice reps have been good, and he’s going to be a very good special teams player, I think. The Ravens have a lot of plans for LaQuan.”

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Ngata, Grubbs back; Webb still sidelined on Thursday

Posted on 15 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after five key players were sidelined, the Ravens welcomed back defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and left guard Ben Grubbs to Thursday’s practice while they continued to wait on the injury status of three others.

Ngata (back) and Grubbs (toe) appeared to simply receive a day off on Wednesday while kicker Billy Cundiff (left calf), defensive end Cory Redding (ankle), and cornerback Lardarius Webb (left toe) were again absent from the portion of practice open to the media. It should be noted that the viewing portion of practice concluded with several players still arriving on the indoor practice field. Webb’s injury is considered to be the most serious as it appears likely the Ravens’ No. 1 cornerback will be unavailable against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.

Linebacker Ray Lewis (toe) and cornerback Chris Carr (back) were present and working for the second straight day, improving their chances to return to action in San Diego. The 36-year-old Lewis has missed the last four games with a turf toe injury while Carr has missed the Ravens’ last three contests. Both were listed as limited participants on Wednesday’s injury report.

The Ravens will depart Baltimore on Friday afternoon and fly to San Diego at 4:30 p.m.

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Webb absent; Lewis, Carr limited in return to practice for Ravens

Posted on 14 December 2011 by Luke Jones

It was a welcome sight for teammates and coaches alike as inside linebacker Ray Lewis made his much-awaited return to the practice field on Wednesday as the Ravens began preparations for their Sunday night battle with the San Diego Chargers.

The 36-year-old veteran worked on a limited basis after missing the last four games with a turf toe injury. Many had speculated that Lewis would make his return in Week 15, and the 12-time Pro Bowl defensive player appears slated to do so in a nationally-televised game.

Veteran cornerback Chris Carr also made his return to the practice field in an encouraging sign as the Ravens deal with the possibility of being without their top cornerback Lardarius Webb, who did not participate and was officially listed with the toe injury that was initially reported by several outlets on Monday afternoon. Rookie Jimmy Smith would start in Webb’s place should he be unavailable against the Chargers.

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Several veterans were missing from Wednesday’s workout as kicker Billy Cundiff continues to deal with a left calf injury and defensive lineman Haloti Ngata and Cory Redding were absent from the field on Wednesday. It is unknown whether Ngata and Redding were simply receiving the afternoon off as coach John Harbaugh suggested the possibility of resting some veterans during practice earlier in the week.

Left guard Ben Grubbs was also listed as a non-participate during Wednesday’s practice, but the starter was present on the field with the rest of the offensive line.

On the opposite side, San Diego was without its starting inside linebackers as veteran Takeo Spikes and Donald Butler were absent on Wednesday.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: K Billy Cundiff (left calf), G Ben Grubbs (toe), DT Haloti Ngata (back), DT Cory Redding (ankle), CB Lardarius Webb (toe)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: 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), S Darrell Stuckey (groin)

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To Ravens teammates’ delight, Lewis returns to practice

Posted on 14 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In a scene reminiscent of a cheesy sports movie, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returned to the practice field as his teammates playfully provided a slow clap to recognize their defensive leader after a four-game absence.

Lewis wore his No. 9 practice jersey — a tribute to the deceased Steve McNair — and smiled at his teammates’ response as he stepped foot on the outdoor practice field for the first time since sustaining a turf toe injury in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13. The 36-year-old linebacker had not taken part in practice since being a limited participant the week of the 49ers game on Thanksgiving night, a shortened week that featured nothing more than glorified walk-throughs.

Prior to practice, coach John Harbaugh said Lewis would not necessarily require practice time before returning to game action, but his comments were all for naught as Lewis returned to the practice field on Wednesday.

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“Ray is different probably than most guys, so I think Ray could get out there and play without practicing,” said Harbaugh. “If he didn’t practice, he could play on Sunday.”

However, the news was not as good on cornerback Lardarius Webb (toe), who was absent for the portion of practice open to the media. Webb was seen in the locker room wearing a walking boot on his left foot and spoke briefly with reporters regarding his status for Sunday’s game in San Diego.

“I’m doing everything I can do to get back on the field,” Webb said. “I’m going to treatment right now. I hope not [to miss the game]. I don’t want to. It would hurt me if I’m on the sidelines and somebody else is playing. The last time I did that was my rookie year when I had an ACL [injury] and I couldn’t get back on the field. This isn’t an ACL. It’s really going to take a lot to keep me off the field right now.”

Cornerback Chris Carr returned to the practice field after being sidelined with a back injury for the Ravens’ last three games. Not only would Carr provide a boost to the team’s depth at cornerback, but he would be a popular candidate to replace Webb at punt returner should the third-year cornerback miss Sunday’s game.

Kicker Billy Cundiff (left calf), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (undisclosed), and defensive end Cory Redding (undisclosed) were also absent from the field during the open portion of practice. Center Matt Birk (shoulder) and left guard Ben Grubbs (toe) were present without helmets and pads and did not appear to be working during Wednesday’s practice.

Harbaugh said on Monday he planned to rest some veteran players during practice this week, which might explain the absence of Ngata and Redding. Birk and Grubbs missed practice time last week before being listed on the final injury report as probable and playing against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday.

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Harbaugh “anticipates” having Webb available in San Diego

Posted on 12 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After several reports saying cornerback Lardarius Webb is dealing with a toe injury that could sideline him for a few weeks, Ravens coach John Harbaugh stated otherwise on Monday afternoon.

It’s up to you to choose whether you take what he says at face value.

When asked about the status of injured linebacker Ray Lewis, who’s missed the Ravens’ last four games with a turf toe injury, Harbaugh provided an answer similar to what we’ve heard over the last month with his star defensive player sidelined.

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“The Harbaugh scale would be very hopeful, very hopeful for his return,” Harbaugh said. “He’s doing a good job.”

Reports have indicated for a few weeks that Lewis and the Ravens are targeting a potential comeback for the 36-year-old linebacker against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

However, the Baltimore coach continued — unprovoked — to discuss his team’s overall health in what sounded like a preventative measure to avoid any questions regarding the status of his No. 1 cornerback who leads the Ravens with four interceptions this season.

“As far as injuries go, to answer your question, there’s nothing serious coming out of that game,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got bumps and bruises. There may be some guys that we rest throughout the course of the week — practice-wise — but we anticipate everybody that was playing last week — healthy-wise — to be healthy this week. And we’re hoping to add some [returning] guys. We’ll see. You’ve got guys like [Lewis], Chris Carr off the top of my head. You can help me with anybody else.”

At that point, a reported asked Harbaugh about Webb’s status for San Diego, and the response was brief in reiterating what he had already said.

“Lardarius played last week, so you have that answer,” Harbaugh said, “but those other two guys would have a chance for this week. We’ll just have to see.”

Draw any conclusion you’d like, but Harbaugh covered himself by using the word “anticipate” in discussing any players who played in Sunday’s game being ready to play against the Chargers. By suggesting players may receive rest during practices this week, the Ravens coach may have bought himself a few days regarding Webb.

If Webb does appear on Wednesday’s injury report — as you would expect him to at this point — Harbaugh can point to what he said on Monday and technically say he wasn’t being misleading.

Whether Webb plays this Sunday or not, it’s clear the Ravens coach had no intention of revealing his hand so early in the week.

As a result, we’ll be left guessing until the middle of the week.

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