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Ravens kicker Cundiff appears on Thursday’s injury report

Posted on 08 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after practicing without incident, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff was a surprise addition to Thursday’s injury report.

Under much scrutiny due to his struggles kicking on the road this season, Cundiff was listed as a non-participant with a left calf injury. The Ravens do not typically designate an injury on the “left” or “right” side, making the listing a bit more peculiar.

A right-footed kicker, the injury would presumably hamper his ability to plant, which was a factor in his two misses in Cleveland last Sunday.

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Center Matt Birk, linebacker Ray Lewis, and cornerback Chris Carr missed their second practice of the week. Birk’s status remains a mystery after he sprained his right shoulder in Sunday’s win over the Browns before returning to the game.

Lewis and Carr are not expected to play against Indianapolis.

A day after receiving rest for the right toe injury he’s dealt with since the season opener, left guard Ben Grubbs returned to the practice field. Wednesday was the first workout Grubbs had missed since making his return in Pittsburgh on Nov. 6 after a six-game absence.

BALTIMORE
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: K Billy Cundiff (left calf), C Matt Birk (shoulder), CB Chris Carr (back), LB Ray Lewis (foot)
FULL PARTICIPATION: G Ben Grubbs (toe), RB Anthony Allen (thigh)

INDIANAPOLIS
OUT: QB Peyton Manning (neck)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB AJ Edds (ankle), WR Anthony Gonzalez (groin), DE Robert Mathis (NIR – rest), C Jeff Saturday (NIR – rest), WR Reggie Wayne (NIR – rest)
LIMITED: LB Pat Angerer (knee), LB Ernie Sims (toe)
FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Dwight Freeney (NIR), TE Dallas Clark (fibula), TE Brody Eldridge (hand), TE Ryan Mahaffey (concussion)

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Grubbs back at practice, Birk still sidelined

Posted on 08 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after missing his first workout since making his return to action in Pittsburgh last month, Ravens left guard Ben Grubbs returned to the practice field on Thursday afternoon.

Listed on Wednesday’s injury report with a toe injury — presumably the same turf toe injury that sidelined him for six games earlier this season — Grubbs was back at practice as the Ravens worked outside in shells and shorts.

The news was not as promising for center Matt Birk, who missed his second straight practice with a right shoulder injury sustained in the Ravens’ 24-10 win over the Browns on Sunday. Linebacker Ray Lewis (toe) and cornerback Chris Carr (back) were absent from the practice field during the portion of practice open to the media, putting a darker cloud over their chances of returning to action this Sunday.

If Birk is unable to play against Indianapolis, the Ravens will rest easier knowing five-time Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode would take his place in the starting lineup. Gurode was signed days before the start of the season as an insurance policy for Birk after the 35-year-old veteran underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at the beginning of training camp. After Grubbs suffered a toe injury in the season opener, Gurode made five starts at left guard, a position at which he had never played in his 10-year career.

The referee for Sunday’s game between the Ravens and Indianapolis will be Clete Blakeman.

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Four players not practicing; Ravens-Chargers staying on Sunday night

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Returning to the practice field to begin preparations for the hapless Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens were without two starting members of their offensive line on Wednesday afternoon.

Center Matt Birk and left guard Ben Grubbs were present but not working during the portion of practice open to the media as the team practiced in helmets and shells. Birk left Sunday’s game in Cleveland with a sprained right shoulder before returning shortly after being examined in the locker room.

Grubbs did not appear to suffer any injury in the win over the Browns, but he continues to deal with the right toe injury that sidelined him for six games earlier this season. Since returning to action in the Ravens’ win in Pittsburgh on Nov. 6, Grubbs has not missed a practice as he continues to play with pain in the toe.

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Less surprising were the absences of linebacker Ray Lewis (toe) and cornerback Chris Carr (back), as neither was present during the open portion of practice on Wednesday. Lewis has missed three straight games with a turf toe injury suffered last month while Carr has missed two straight games with a back injury and six games overall this season.

Ravens-Chargers staying on Sunday night

After much speculation that the Ravens’ Week 15 game in San Diego would be moved from its originally-scheduled 8:20 p.m. slot to the afternoon, the game will remain on NBC’s Sunday night broadcast after all.

Unable to appease CBS and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who both wanted New England’s game against Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos to remain in the afternoon, the league has elected to keep Baltimore-San Diego in the prime-time slot despite the Chargers sporting a 5-7 record in the AFC West. The decision means the Ravens will play a night game on the West Coast before flying back to Baltimore on Monday morning and immediately beginning preparations for the Cleveland Browns on a short week.

When asked about the league’s delay in making the call regarding their Week 15 contest, the Ravens maintained the company line in terms of the league’s wavering over the decision.

“I’ve been instructed to say, ‘No, I don’t care,'” coach John Harbaugh said. “I’m supportive of the decision. Whatever the league says, we support it.”

Safety Ed Reed shared a similar sentiment to his head coach, but the veteran acknowledged the league-wide appeal of watching the Broncos quarterback in a nationally-televised game.

“I don’t know if [the networks] want to see Tebow or they just want to change the schedule, so people can see Tebow and him play the Patriots.”

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Ravens-Browns: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 04 December 2011 by Luke Jones

CLEVELAND — With the Ravens entering the day tied with three other teams at 8-3 in a highly-competitive AFC with five games remaining in the regular season, they’ll try to win their third straight game in a trip to Cleveland to take on the struggling Browns.

Baltimore will go for its seventh consecutive win over the Browns, including a fourth straight victory at Cleveland Browns Stadium where the Ravens haven’t lost since the 2007 season. The Ravens have won five straight AFC North division games and seven of their last eight going back to last season.

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Of course, a major storyline all week has been the Ravens’ struggles against sub-.500 teams this season, sporting a 1-3 record that includes losses against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks. With the NFL season now in December and the stakes becoming that much higher, there is no margin for error as the Ravens look for their first division title since 2006 and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Linebacker Ray Lewis will miss his third straight game as he continues to recover from a turf toe injury sustained in the loss at Seattle last month. Third-year backer Dannell Ellerbe will make the start in his place.

The Ravens will wear their purple jerseys and white pants while Cleveland is wearing all white.

Here are today’s inactives:

Baltimore
LB Ray Lewis
CB Chris Carr
WR LaQuan Williams
LB Sergio Kindle
WR Tandon Doss
CB Chykie Brown
RB Anthony Allen

Cleveland
S T.J. Ward
LB Quinton Spears
QB Taddeus Lewis
OL Steve Vallos
OL Oniel Cousins
TE Jordan Cameron
DL Auston English

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Lewis listed as questionable for Browns game; Carr ruled out

Posted on 02 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — For the third week in a row, the Ravens have listed linebacker Ray Lewis as questionable on the final injury report of the week.

And it appears the final outcome will remain unchanged as Lewis is likely to miss his third straight game as Baltimore takes on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon. Head coach John Harbaugh stated he was hopeful that Lewis might be able to play early in the week, but his comments were brief and uninspiring when asked about his star linebacker’s odds for playing in Cleveland.

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“I feel like there is a chance,” said Harbaugh, who said earlier this week he was hopeful Lewis would be able to play against Cleveland. “We’ll just see how it goes.”

The good news is that third-year linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is probable after sitting out last week’s win over San Francisco with a re-aggravated hamstring injury. Ellerbe was a full participant in practice all week and will likely start in place of Lewis after progressing nicely in workouts, according to Harbaugh.

Cornerback Chris Carr will miss his second straight game with a back injury. He practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday before sitting out the last two practices of the week.

Defensive tackle Arthur Jones will make his return to action after missing the Ravens’ last two games with a concussion he sustained against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13. The second-year Syracuse product is eager to rejoin the defensive line rotation and to stop big Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis, especially after an unpleasant recovery period from the head injury.

“I can’t wait,” Jones said. “I feel great. It was a fun week of practice, feels good being back out there. Two weeks off in a dark room wasn’t fun trying to get my body and my physical health back right.”

The Browns ruled out starting safety T.J. Ward, adding to their woes on the starting defense after end Emmanuel Stephens and linebacker Scott Fujita were placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.

BALTIMORE
OUT: CB Chris Carr (back)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Ray Lewis (foot)
PROBABLE: RB Anthony Allen (thigh), LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), DT Art Jones (head)

CLEVELAND
OUT: LB Quinton Spears (hamstring), DB TJ Ward (foot/finger)
QUESTIONABLE: DB Mike Adams (shoulder), RB Montario Hardesty (calf), DL Jayme Mitchell (ankle), OL Tony Pashos (ankle), DB Dimitri Patterson (ankle)
PROBABLE: RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), QB Colt McCoy (right elbow), LB Kaluka Maiava (knee), FB Owen Marecic (head), DL Scott Paxson (shin)

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Lewis absent from Ravens practice for third straight day

Posted on 02 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After three extra days of rest following the Ravens’ Thanksgiving win over San Francisco, there was optimism that Ray Lewis could return to the field against Cleveland on Sunday.

That hope has shrunk to not much more than a glimmer as the injured linebacker (toe) was absent from practice for the third consecutive day on Friday, making it more likely that Lewis will miss his third straight game this weekend against the Browns. Though the veteran Lewis would certainly have the blessing to play in a game without having practiced all week, it’s apparent the turf toe injury he suffered in Seattle last month is not improved enough to play with five games still remaining in the regular season.

Dannell Ellerbe would likely get the start in Lewis’ place after the third-year linebacker from Georgia was sidelined last week with a lingering hamstring issue. Though Albert McClellan played solidly in his first career start last week, Ellerbe participated fully on Wednesday and Thursday, meaning he will likely get the nod barring a setback before Sunday afternoon.

Cornerback Chris Carr (back) was also absent from the portion of practice open to the media as the Ravens practiced indoors on Friday in their final workout before traveling to Cleveland on Saturday. The veteran defensive back practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday before sitting out a day later.

The referee for Sunday’s game between the Ravens and Browns will be Ed Hoculi.

The forecast for Sunday calls for a 50 percent chance of rain and a high temperature of 51 degrees, according to Weather.com.

Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker will have the call for CBS on Sunday.

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Carr joins Lewis as non-participant on Thursday’s injury report

Posted on 01 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Thursday’s injury report featured a member of the Ravens defense taking a step back as cornerback Chris Carr joined Ray Lewis as a non-participant.

Despite practicing on a limited basis on Wednesday, the veteran defensive back sat out a day later as he continues to deal with a back injury that sidelined him for last week’s game against the 49ers. Carr dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in the season and has missed five games after never missing a game in his first six seasons in the league.

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There were no other changes to the Ravens’ practice report as Lewis missed practice for the second straight day and is unlikely to play against the Browns in Cleveland.

Cleveland starting safety Mike Adams was upgraded to limited participant on Thursday, but his counterpart in the defensive backfield, T.J. Ward, missed practice for the second straight day with foot and finger injuries.

BALTIMORE
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Ray Lewis (foot), CB Chris Carr (back)
FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Anthony Allen (thigh), LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), DT Art Jones (head)

CLEVELAND
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Quinton Spears (hamstring), DB T.J. Ward (foot/finger)
LIMITED: DB Mike Adams (shoulder), RB Montario Hardesty (calf), LB Kaluka Maiava (knee), DL Jayme Mitchell (ankle), OL Tony Pashos (ankle), DB Dimitri Patterson (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), QB Colt McCoy (right elbow), FB Owen Marecic (head), DL Scott Paxson (shin)

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No sign of Lewis on Thursday as doubts grow for his status against Browns

Posted on 01 December 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — As the Ravens move closer to a meeting with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, it’s appearing more likely star linebacker Ray Lewis will be sidelined for his third straight game with a turf toe injury.

Lewis was absent from the portion of practice open to the media for the second straight day, putting his status in further doubt as he continues to receive treatment for the injury he suffered in the Ravens’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13.

Cornerback Chris Carr (back) was also absent during the open portion of practice after he worked on a limited basis on Wednesday. The veteran missed Baltimore’s Thanksgiving night game against the San Francisco 49ers last week.

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), running back Anthony Allen (thigh), and defensive tackle Arthur Jones were present and working during the open portion of practice. All three were listed as full participants on Wednesday’s official injury report.

 

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Injured star linebacker only sour note on Wednesday’s injury report

Posted on 30 November 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — If not for the absence of their star inside linebacker for Wednesday’s practice, the Ravens would be feeling very good about themselves from a health standpoint after playing two games in a five-day stretch last week.

Of course, Ray Lewis is a gigantic missing link as Baltimore prepares to play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

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Lewis was the only member of the team not to take part in Wednesday’s workout as several players returned to practice including cornerback Chris Carr, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, and defensive tackle Arthur Jones. The 36-year-old linebacker has missed the Ravens’ last two games and will be a game-time decision against the Browns.

The Browns saw both of their starting safeties, Mike Adams and T.J. Ward, sit out on Wednesday as well as backup running back Montario Hardesty.

Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis was a full participant after making it through the Browns’ loss in Cincinnati on Sunday without re-aggravating the hamstring injury that’s plagued him for several weeks.

BALTIMORE
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Ray Lewis (foot)
LIMITED: CB Chris Carr (back)
FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Anthony Allen (thigh), LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), DT Art Jones (head)

CLEVELAND
DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DB Mike Adams (shoulder), RB Montario Hardesty (calf), LB Quinton Spears (hamstring), DB T.J. Ward (foot/finger)
LIMITED: LB Kaluka Maiava (knee), DL Jayme Mitchell (ankle), OL Tony Pashos (ankle), DB Dimitri Patterson (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), QB Colt McCoy (right elbow), FB Owen Marecic (head), DL Scott Paxson (shin)

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Ravens only missing Lewis from Wednesday’s practice

Posted on 30 November 2011 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Practicing outside on a chilly, windy day in Owings Mills to prepare for December conditions in Cleveland, the Ravens saw all but one of 53 players on the active roster take part in the workout.

But that one was linebacker Ray Lewis, who was absent from the portion of practice open to the media as he continues to recover from a turf toe injury that’s kept him sidelined the last two games. Coach John Harbaugh would not provide any update on Lewis’ status when asked on Wednesday afternoon.

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Cornerback Chris Carr (back), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), and defensive tackle Arthur Jones (concussion) returned to practice after missing the Ravens’ Thanksgiving game against the San Francisco 49ers. Jones has finally been cleared for contact after suffering a concussion in Baltimore’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs had his wisdom teeth removed over the weekend and continues to deal with the effects of the procedure despite being present during the open portion of practice on Wednesday afternoon.

Safety Emanuel Cook took part in his first practice with the Ravens after being claimed from the New York Jets on Tuesday afternoon. Harbaugh said Cook, a 2009 undrafted free agent from South Carolina, will contribute to the special teams units and will have the potential to work his way into the rotation at safety in the future.

Harbaugh also expressed the organization’s condolences over the passing of former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chester McGlockton, who served as an intern coach for the Ravens two years ago. McGlockton played for four teams during his NFL career, including the Chiefs, Broncos, Raiders, and Jets.

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