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Ravens cornerback Gorrer lost for season after suffering knee injury

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Ravens cornerback Gorrer lost for season after suffering knee injury

Posted on 08 December 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens secondary has taken another hit with the season-ending knee injury suffered by cornerback Danny Gorrer in Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins.

Head coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday that the 28-year-old suffered tears to the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee that will require surgery. Gorrer will become the fourth Ravens cornerback to be placed on injured reserve this season, joining starter Jimmy Smith (foot), veteran Aaron Ross (Achilles tendon), and rookie Tramain Jacobs (thigh). Asa Jackson was activated from IR-designated to return on Saturday following a two-month absence due to a turf toe injury.

Gorrer was in the midst of his second tenure with the Ravens after being claimed off waivers from Detroit on Nov. 4. The 28-year-old played in four games with Baltimore, recording 17 tackles and an interception, while primarily playing in the nickel package.

“Danny came in there and just did a heck of a job, and your heart goes out to him,” Harbaugh said. “He’s playing better and better every week. He’s playing as a starter, and he played really well. He was only getting better.”

The Ravens are in better position to absorb Gorrer’s loss with Jackson returning to action after missing seven games. The 2012 fifth-round pick started against the Dolphins and played 40 of 57 defensive snaps.

Jackson recorded one tackle in his first game since Oct. 5.

“He was good and solid,” Harbaugh said. “He’d get a little over-reactive at times. He jumped a few thing and got a little overanxious — he’d be the first to tell you that — but that’s a good thing because he was moving around so well. He’ll slow himself down a little bit this next game, but he played well.”

Cornerback Anthony Levine remains in the concussion protocol after suffering a head injury early in Sunday’s game and not returning. With his status uncertain, the Ravens will likely offer more reps to young cornerback Rashaan Melvin, who was signed last month but has yet to be active for a game.

Harbaugh said a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed no structural damage to rookie Crockett Gillmore’s back, calling the injury “muscular” after the third-round pick missed his first game of the season in Miami.

The head coach also said starting running back Justin Forsett “seemed good” after being slowed by a knee injury last week and carrying 13 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. However, rookie back Lorenzo Taliaferro is dealing with a sprain in the foot and ankle area and is considered “day-to-day” in Harbaugh’s words.

 

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Cornerbacks Levine, Gorrer leave Sunday’s game with injuries

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Cornerbacks Levine, Gorrer leave Sunday’s game with injuries

Posted on 07 December 2014 by Luke Jones

On a day when cornerback Asa Jackson returned following a two-month absence from a toe injury, the Ravens lost two more cornerbacks in their 28-13 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Anthony Levine left in the first quarter with a concussion while Danny Gorrer was carted off the field with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. Neither backup cornerback returned as the Ravens finished the game with just two active cornerbacks who were healthy — Jackson and veteran Lardarius Webb.

The injuries forced defensive coordinator Dean Pees to use safety Matt Elam extensively at the nickel against the Dolphins.

Head coach John Harbaugh had no update on either player’s status after the game. Young cornerback Rashaan Melvin was deactivated prior to the game, and rookie free agent Tramain Jacobs was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Saturday.

The Ravens were also without starting wide receiver Torrey Smith for most of the game after his knee swelled up during pre-game warmups. Listed as probable on the final injury report after practicing fully on Friday, the fourth-year wideout limped through his pre-game routine and played sparingly, finishing without a catch.

“We worked him out pre-game and he looked pretty good,” Harbaugh told reporters in Miami after the game. “Then we came out for pre-game right before the game and his knee swelled up and it really tightened up on him. We had already activated him, and he really couldn’t go.”

With Smith essentially out of the picture, the Ravens primarily turned to Kamar Aiken, who turned in a career day with six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Marlon Brown added three catches for 30 yards in his return from last week’s concussion.

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Ravens pass defense on pace to be worst in franchise history

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Ravens pass defense on pace to be worst in franchise history

Posted on 30 November 2014 by Luke Jones

With the Ravens entering the final quarter of the regular season following Sunday’s disappointing 34-33 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the pass defense will need to raise its level of play substantially to avoid a dubious distinction.

Giving up 376 yards in the air as San Diego’s Philip Rivers picked them apart, the 7-5 Ravens are now on pace to surrender 4,383 yards through the air in 2014, which would shatter the franchise-worst mark of 3,969 set in the inaugural 1996 season. That year, Baltimore finished 4-12 with a pass defense that finished last in the NFL.

The Ravens woke up Monday morning ranked 31st in the league in pass defense with only the Atlanta Falcons surrendering more yards through the air.

Where are Isaac Booth, Donny Brady, and Antonio Langham when you need them?

Of course, we’re in the midst of a pass-happy era in which offense reigns supreme — making the numbers difficult to compare to those of 18 years ago — but the Ravens haven’t had any answers in a secondary that was already facing questions long before significant injuries suffered by starting cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. Smith is done for the year with a Lisfranc injury, and Webb continues to look like a shell of his former self after a back injury that took away his entire training camp and forced him out of three of the first four games of the regular season.

The Ravens have been unfortunate, but they were also poorly prepared to handle any injuries on the back end of the defense.

After former No. 3 cornerback Corey Graham departed via free agency, general manager Ozzie Newsome did not add any quality depth behind his starters in the offseason, instead counting on Asa Jackson and Chykie Brown to pick up the slack. Instead Jackson suffered a serious turf toe injury in Week 5 — he could return as soon as next Sunday’s game in Miami — and Brown struggled so mightily that Baltimore waived him in early November.

As a result, defensive coordinator Dean Pees has been forced to turn to journeyman Danny Gorrer and former safety Anthony Levine to go along with a struggling Webb. Many are inclined to blame coaching whenever a unit struggles, but you can only be so creative with schemes — the Ravens tried just about everything on Sunday — to overcome such personnel deficiencies.

The safety position has been just as problematic with 2013 first-round pick Matt Elam being a major disappointment in his second season. Pees has used a carousel of names — Darian Stewart, Jeromy Miles, Brynden Trawick, and rookie Terrence Brooks at various times — with only Will Hill looking to be a solid option at this stage of the season.

As for the record books, the Ravens will receive a respite from playing Pro Bowl quarterbacks as they’re slated to face Miami’s Ryan Tannehill, Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles, Houston’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, and either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel — maybe both? — in the season finale against Cleveland. That said, Tannehill is in the midst of a good third season with the Dolphins and Fitzpatrick is coming off a six-touchdown performance in Week 13, so it won’t be a total cakewalk of opposing quarterbacks.

You can only hope Sunday was rock bottom for the pass defense as the Ravens will need an excellent final month to catch the first-place Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North or at least advance to the playoffs after last year’s absence.

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Revamped Ravens secondary passes first test against inexperienced Titans

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Revamped Ravens secondary passes first test against inexperienced Titans

Posted on 09 November 2014 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — On the same day the Ravens shook up their secondary by cutting Chykie Brown and Dominique Franks, backup Anthony Levine received a text message from secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo telling him to be ready.

You’d forgive the reserve safety and special-teams player if he didn’t know exactly what his position coach meant on Tuesday night after he had played all of five defensive snaps through the first nine games of the season, but months of practicing at cornerback finally paid off Sunday with Levine making his first career start in the Ravens’ 21-7 win over the Tennessee Titans. The 27-year-old finished the game with four tackles and two pass breakups while splitting time with the newly-acquired Danny Gorrer at cornerback opposite starter Lardarius Webb.

“It’s something that we’ve kind of been watching for a number of weeks and months, I guess,” said head coach John Harbaugh about Levine’s play. “And he gets better every single week. I guess we’re not going to call him a safety anymore. He deserves to be called a corner, and he deserves it. He has played really well throughout the year, but he showed it in this game.”

After allowing the Titans to march down the field on their first two drives to start the game, the Ravens finally dialed up pressure and the secondary settled down to hold rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger to just 179 passing yards on 27 attempts. Five sacks and eight quarterback hits allowed the defensive backfield to play with some cushion as the Titans completed only one play greater than 17 yards, a 20-yard completion to Kendall Wright that came late in the fourth quarter when the game was already decided.

A play later, Gorrer made his second career interception in his first game with the Ravens since the 2011 season. It was only the second pick made by a Baltimore defensive back all season, but it was an encouraging sign for a secondary trying to fill the void left by top cornerback Jimmy Smith in the final six games of the season.

Of course, Mettenberger and the Titans’ 24th-ranked passing offense aren’t exactly intimidating threats, but many wondered this week if the Ravens’ current secondary was capable of stopping anybody, making Sunday’s performance something on which to build. If anything, the win was a nice confidence boost before the reality sets in that the Ravens will be facing Pro Bowl quarterbacks Drew Brees and Philip Rivers in consecutive weeks after the bye.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” said Gorrer, who began the week as a member of the Detroit Lions before being waived last Monday and rejoining Baltimore a day later. “This is our profession, so no matter how it goes, you always have to be ready to step in. With Jimmy going down, it was time for me to step in and for the secondary to come together well and play decent.”

Levine and Gorrer weren’t the only ones with strong days in the secondary as rookie safety Terrence Brooks returned to action after being a healthy scratch in the Week 9 loss at Pittsburgh. Entering to play free safety in place of Darian Stewart in obvious passing situations, Brooks delivered what several defensive players called the game-changing play of the day with a vicious — but legal — hit to Delanie Walker that forced an incompletion and knocked the Titans tight end out of the game with a concussion late in the first half.

The Tennessee offense never threatened again and would gain only four more first downs the rest of the way and 45 total yards in the second half.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees once again used a committee approach to his pass defense with Webb, Gorrer, and Levine playing in the traditional nickel defense, safety Matt Elam serving as a big nickel for extra run support at times, and Will Hill making his second straight start at the safety position, registering three tackles and a pass breakup.

The questions will remain in the secondary, but Sunday provided a glimmer of hope that the secondary — supported with a consistent pass rush — might be able to hold up enough to keep the Ravens within striking distance of their sixth playoff appearance in the last seven years.

“We won, so I feel like we played well,” Levine said. “That was the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal was to win, and not get beat deep — and I don’t think they had any big plays today. I think we did a good job.”

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Ravens cornerback Smith out for year after undergoing foot surgery

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Ravens cornerback Smith out for year after undergoing foot surgery

Posted on 06 November 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens received a crushing blow to the remainder of their 2014 season with cornerback Jimmy Smith undergoing season-ending surgery on Thursday.

The fourth-year defensive back was playing at a Pro Bowl level before injuring his left foot on the opening drive of the Ravens’ Week 8 game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 26. Head coach John Harbaugh said a day later that the No. 1 corner was expected to miss a few weeks with a mid-foot sprain, but Smith had been using crutches with his left foot in a protective boot since the injury.

“The plan for Jimmy was to do more testing once the swelling subsided in his foot, and that was done this morning,” Harbaugh said through a team spokesman Thursday afternoon. “With this exam this morning, the doctors decided that he needed surgery and they repaired the injury. That means Jimmy is finished for the season, but will recover for our offseason program.”

With many regarding Smith as the player the 2014 Ravens could least afford to lose other than quarterback Joe Flacco, the news couldn’t be worse for a pass defense currently ranked 24th in the NFL. The Ravens cut cornerbacks Chykie Brown and Dominique Franks earlier this week, claimed veteran Danny Gorrer off waivers, and promoted rookie free agent Tramain Jacobs from the practice squad.

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Baltimore allowed six touchdown passes against Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in last Sunday’s 43-23 loss to the Steelers.

The hope had been that Smith might return after the Week 11 bye when the Ravens travel to New Orleans to take on Drew Brees and the Saints’ potent passing game, but defensive coordinator Dean Pees will now need to figure out how to make a patchwork secondary survive without its best cornerback for the remainder of the season. Lardarius Webb — who’s still working his way back to full form following a summer back injury — and Gorrer are expected to start with Jacobs serving as the No. 3 corner against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Gorrer was most recently with the Detroit Lions and previously appeared in 11 games with Baltimore during the 2011 season. Mostly a special-teams player during his career, Gorrer was cut by the Ravens at the end of the 2012 preseason as he was behind Smith, Webb, Cary Williams, and Corey Graham in a deep group of cornerbacks.

With two career starters under his belt, Gorrer will now be expected to play a far more significant role than he ever did in his first run with Baltimore.

“It takes one game to turn things around,” Gorrer said on Wednesday. “Win this weekend, [and] nobody will even talk about what’s been going on. That’s my job and that’s the team focus right now — to get back on track to winning football and playing Baltimore football. That’s everybody’s main goal, and that’s everything everybody has been talking about in meetings right now.”

Asa Jackson remains on injured reserve-designated to return, but the third-year defensive back isn’t eligible to come back until Week 14 at the earliest when the Ravens play the Miami Dolphins. He suffered a serious turf toe injury against Indianapolis on Oct. 5.

With Smith in the final year of his rookie contract, the Ravens have already exercised their fifth-year option worth $6.898 million for the 2015 season, but the 2011 first-round pick has now dealt with a substantial injury in three of his four NFL seasons. Including the remainder of the 2014 season, Smith will have missed 17 games in his pro career.

 

 

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Ravens claim veteran cornerback Gorrer, cut Franks

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Ravens claim veteran cornerback Gorrer, cut Franks

Posted on 04 November 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens continued cleaning house in their struggling secondary Tuesday afternoon by claiming veteran Danny Gorrer from the Detroit Lions and cutting cornerback Dominique Franks.

The move came hours after Baltimore had waived fourth-year cornerback Chykie Brown and promoted rookie free agent Tramain Jacobs to the practice squad. The Ravens rank 24th in the NFL in pass defense after giving up six touchdown passes in a 43-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Franks received the start on Sunday after he was only re-signed on Oct. 8. He was pressed into starting duty after No. 1 cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a mid-foot sprain in Week 8 that is expected to keep him out until at least after the Week 11 bye. Opposing passers had completed 18 of 28 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns, and a 112.1 rating against Franks, according to Pro Football Focus.

Gorrer will now have a second tour with the Ravens after he appeared in 11 games with Baltimore during the 2011 season. Mostly a special-teams player, Gore was cut at the end of the 2012 preaseson as he was behind Smith, Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams, and Corey Graham in a deep group of cornerbacks. How times have changed since then as Williams and Graham departed via free agency, Smith is hurt, and Webb hasn’t looked himself since returning from a back injury.

The Texas A&M product appeared in six games for the Detroit Lions this season, making seven tackles and two pass breakups before he was waived on Monday. Detroit’s pass defense ranks fifth in the league as Gorrer became a victim of the numbers game when the Lions re-signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen due to the recent knee injury suffered by Nick Fairley.

Gorrer spent the previous two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appearing in 13 games and making one start.

Considered a solid depth cornerback in his first run with the Ravens, Gorrer shouldn’t at all be viewed as a savior to the secondary woes, but his familiarity with the defense made him a reasonable candidate to add to the mix.

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Ravens waive Gorrer to make room for veteran safety Ihedigbo

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Ravens waive Gorrer to make room for veteran safety Ihedigbo

Posted on 03 September 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After news over the weekend of the Ravens signing veteran safety James Ihedigbo, defensive back Danny Gorrer revealed Monday morning he would be the one to go to make room.

The 26-year-old posted on his Twitter account that he had been waived to make room on the 53-man roster. The move comes as a mild surprise after Gorrer played in 11 games last season, occasionally filling in effectively as the defense’s nickel back and playing regularly on special teams.

He made five tackles and broke up four passes last season after spending time on the Baltimore practice squad in 2010 and being signed to the active roster on Sept. 17, 2011.

The Ravens initially kept seven cornerbacks on Friday when they made final cuts but elected to keep second-year cornerback Chykie Brown despite many assuming Brown was below him on the pecking order. Teams have 24 hours to claim Gorrer or he will become a free agent.

“It’s tough,” safety Bernard Pollard said. “Danny is my boy, but this is the business side of it. Anytime you think things are going well, things can change. We can’t control it.  One thing I’ve always been told from when I got in this league is ‘you can control the controllables,’ and that’s one thing that’s out of our hands.”

Appearing thin at safety after Emanuel Cook suffered a season-ending injury and veteran Sean Consideine suffered two concussions, the Ravens signed Ihedigbo after he was released by the New England Patriots on Friday. The 28-year-old started 12 games for New England last season, making 69 tackles and breaking up one pass.

Entering his sixth season after being undrafted out of Massachusetts, Ihedigbo spent four seasons with the New York Jets before signing with the Patriots last season.

“The more the merrier,” said Pollard about Ihedigbo’s signing. “With our team, we’ve got to figure out what we can do to help us win. Our front office has done a great job all these years, so we don’t see them slacking off. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter so we’re not paying them contracts — they are. All we do is we’ve got to stay in line and we’ve got to get ready for this coming Monday.”

 

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