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Live From Owings Mills: Suggs Takes Shot at Steelers With Shirt

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Live From Owings Mills: Suggs Takes Shot at Steelers With Shirt

Posted on 12 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (13-4) returned to practice Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) at Heinz Field.

Unlike the other AFC divisional showdown this weekend, (New England Patriots-New York Jets), the buildup to the AFC North rematch had included little in the way of bulletin board material.

LB Terrell Suggs changed that Wednesday when he stepped to the podium.

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Suggs wore a “Hey Pittsburgh!” shirt during his media availability session Wednesday. The shirt was showing a purple bird giving the middle finger.

“(This) ain’t no message” said the Pro Bowl pass rusher. “Like I always say, I put on for my city. They rep their city and I’m repping mine.”

Suggs said the Pittsburgh-Baltimore rivalry holds a special place in his heart.

“To me, it’s definitely the best rivalry in sports. When it comes to football, it’s the most physical game of the year. It’s going to be a physical gang fight, just like the first two games were.”

According to Suggs, this wasn’t the first time the middle finger has been involved in the series.

“When we go down there, they always hit us with the ‘Number Ones’. I don’t know how they act here because I’ve been in the locker room by the time all the fans get here. I’m pretty sure we’ve been hitting them with the ‘Number Ones’.”

When asked if he was worried the shirt could give the Steelers some extra motivation, Suggs was confident in his answer.

“Do I seem worried? This game is going to be what it is regardless. It’s a physical dogfight. I’m not expecting (anything) different. This is the shirt I wore this morning, this is just the shirt I chose.”

Future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis was much more guarded when asked if he ‘liked’ the Steelers.

“I like pizza” said Lewis. “I like a lot of things, there’s a lot of things I don’t like. Are the Steelers in the ‘like’ or ‘don’t like’ category? Well since I’m a Baltimore person, I’m going to say ‘don’t like’.”

Lewis’ message when he saw Suggs’ shirt?

“You’re going to start a war.”

RAVENS SIGN HARDY: The Ravens have signed WR James Hardy to a reserve/future contract, per a FoxSports.com report.

Hardy was a 2nd round (41st overall) pick by the Buffalo Bills out of Indiana in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was cut by the Bills before the start of the 2010 season.

In his brief NFL career, Hardy has just 10 catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He was a first team All-Big Ten performer in his junior (and final) season with the Hoosiers.

As a reserve/future signing, Hardy does not go on the team’s 53 man roster and is not eligible to participate in the postseason. Instead, he will have the opportunity to make the team out of Training Camp this summer (should he remain on the roster through OTA’s).

Ravens Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron is also an Indiana alum.

PRACTICE REPORT: All Ravens who missed the Wild Card playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium were on the practice field Wednesday.

LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder) and S Tom Zbikowski (back) were full participants. WR/KR David Reed (wrist) was not even listed on the injury report.

C Matt Birk (knee) did not participate in practice, neither did WR Donte’ Stallworth (illess). CB Chris Carr (thigh) was a limited participant with what is believed to be a pulled hamstring.

Suggs (knee) and S Ed Reed (ribs) were not listed on the injury report.

Multiple Ravens players again switched jersey numbers for Wednesday’s session. Among them was Suggs, who wore the #4 of punter Sam Koch.

For the Steelers, S Troy Polamalu (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday. CB Bryant McFadden (abdomen) and DE Aaron Smith (triceps) were limited participants.

NOTES: Hear from Lewis, Suggs, QB Joe Flacco, TE Todd Heap, RB Ray Rice, WR Anquan Boldin and DE Cory Redding now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta & LB Dannell Ellerbe joined Drew Forrester Wednesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, both chats are also available in the Audio Vault……Jeff Triplette will officiate Sunday’s game, his crew will include members of Ed Hochuli’s regular crew……The Ravens will hold their final open practice of the week Thursday, Head Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with reporters

-G

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5 Takeaways from the Ravens 30-7 win over the Chiefs

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5 Takeaways from the Ravens 30-7 win over the Chiefs

Posted on 10 January 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

For those who have been waiting for an aesthetically pleasing performance from the Ravens, you got it on Sunday (in the second half at least). For those just looking for things to be gloomy about, there was plenty for you on Sunday too. Whatever your feelings about it are, the Ravens picked up the only lopsided win of this NFL playoff weekend, and forced 5 takeaways in doing so (even if they gave one right back). In honor of that performance, here are my 5 takeaways from Sundays 30-7 win over the Chiefs in Arrowhead.

1. Great fight match ups are defined by trilogies, Ali/Frazier, Leonard/Duran, Gatti/Ward just to name a few. In that way, Ravens/Steelers III (and Jets/Patriots III for that matter) just feels right. It will be the Ravens 5th trip to Heinz Field in the last 3 years, and unlike the AFC title game 2 years ago, this is an actual rubber match, and also one in a season where the Ravens might rightfully feel that they should have won each of the first 2 games instead of feeling like they could have won them, as in 2008.

 

2. As I said, for those looking to be gloomy, there was plenty of fodder for you too. The Ravens came out with a flat first half effort. You could certainly question whether what you saw in Sunday’s second half was more Ravens dominance, or Chiefs panic. They are after all the Chiefs, who haven’t won a playoff game since Joe Montana was at their helm. Still, given what happened to New Orleans on Saturday at the hands of the Seahawks, any playoff win should be considered a good one.

 

The offensive line looked shaky, albeit against a stout KC defensive front, the running game struggled to get established early, and the Ravens’ inefficiency in the red zone was nothing short of alarming. They’ll have a lot to work on before facing the Steelers next week. But on the flip side, they’re still playing football. Put that in your half empty glasses.

 

3. The Ravens made some of their own luck on Sunday too. Whether the result of the Siragusa-like flop by Terrence Cody on Jamaal Charles, or the hit on him by Josh Wilson at the sideline on his next carry, Charles was finished early. After giving Ravens fans a healthy dose of reasons to be worried early, Charles carried just 2 more times for -5 yards after the Wilson hit. If not for that, it could have been a far different game in the second half.

 

4. You’re kidding me with the Donte Stallworth thing right? Or maybe trying to kid everyone. At this point the Stallworth end around has become so predictable that it’s hard to remember him doing much else. The Ravens have to be trying to set something up with this, don’t they? Look for that action to lead to a big play sometime soon…maybe.

 

5. Although nothing can compare to the gravity of the Brian Reed situation or the gamut of emotions that his brother Ed must be experiencing right now, it is a solemn reminder that anytime you see those that you count as close to you could be the last time. In that way, it serves as a reminder too, that the careers of Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Kelly Gregg are quickly winding down, and any chance to enjoy them on the field could be your last (especially with no football promised yet for 2011).

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Five Ravens Named to AFC Pro Bowl Roster

Posted on 28 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Five Baltimore Ravens were amongst the players named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster Tuesday.

LB Ray Lewis (12th selection), S Ed Reed (7th), LB Terrell Suggs (4th), DT Haloti Ngata (2nd) and K Billy Cundiff (1st) were all selected to participate in the NFL’s annual All-Star Game. Lewis, Reed and Ngata were selected as starters.

“Wow, No. 12 feels like No. 1,” Lewis said via a team press release. “Every year is a different year, and you prepare each offseason for one year at a time. I tell my teammates that I am going to train to be a Pro Bowl player that season, and my focus paid off again this season. This never gets old. This is the greatest honor ever, because this is from the fans, the coaches and your peers. You can never take anything for granted, and I never take this for granted. I am blessed with great teammates, and I wouldn’t be here without them. I feel this is a team award.”

“This is awesome,” Suggs added in the same press release. “The only thing that would be better than this is a Super Bowl. It has been a long few years, and to come back and be recognized by your peers is amazing. This is something you can’t do by yourself; it takes a unit. I have to thank my teammates, especially the defense – and particularly Haloti [Ngata] – for pushing me to do the little extra things when I didn’t want to.”

Cundiff was selected to his first Pro Bowl barely more than a year removed from being unemployed.

“I am humbled, as this is such a great honor,” Cundiff said in the press release. “This is the result of having great teammates and coaches surrounding you. The rapport that (Punter) Sam [Koch] and (LS) Morgan [Cox] and I developed during training camp was invaluable this season. I worked my butt off to prove to our coaches that they made the right choice, and hopefully, this gives them a little gratification.”

“This is a testament to Billy’s hard work and determination,” Ravens assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg added in the press release. “Billy has shown incredible perseverance throughout his career, and he has always remained dedicated to becoming a great kicker in the NFL. I believe that the other players in this league not only respect what he has done, but also how he has done it.  He never lost faith in himself, and he continued to improve.  He is richly deserving of this honor, as is his wife, Nicole, who has been tremendously supportive.”

The 2011 Pro Bowl will be played January 30 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI. Should the Ravens make it to Super Bowl XLV (which is one week later in Arlington, TX), players would not participate in the Pro Bowl game.

A number of Ravens players were also selected as Pro Bowl alternates.

Koch, FB Le’Ron McClain and G Ben Grubbs were named 1st alternates. QB Joe Flacco and OT Michael Oher were named 3rd alternates. WR Anquan Boldin, RB Ray Rice and S Dawan Landry were named 4th alternates.

“I’m happy for those who made it,” Ravens executive vice president and general manager Ozzie Newsome said in the press release. “I’m also pleased for the alternates who get to know that players and coaches around the league think highly of them. Plus, it gives them something to shoot for.”

Only the Atlanta Falcons (7) and New England Patriots (6) had more players named to the Pro Bowl than the Ravens. The Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys also had five players named Pro Bowlers.

Former Ravens who were selected to the Pro Bowl included Falcons FB Ovie Mughelli (1st selection) and Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison (4th selection).

TEAM CHOOSING BETWEEN TWO LONG SNAPPERS: During his weekly radio show Tuesday night on WBAL, Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens were set to choose between two of the long snappers who tried out at the 1 Winning Drive facility in Owings Mills.

The Ravens selection will replace Cox, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL suffered in the team’s Week 16 win over the Cleveland Browns.

National Football Post reported late Tuesday the choice will be between former Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints LS Kevin Houser and former Houston Texans LS Bryan Pittman.

Former Washington Redskins LS Ethan Albright and former Patriots LS Jake Ingram were also amongst those who reportedly tried out.

NOTES
: Cox joined Drew Forrester Tuesday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, hear that chat now in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……WR Donte’ Stallworth met with reporters Tuesday after being selected as the team’s Ed Block Courage Award recipient last week. “It [winning the award] means a lot, especially with this being my first year on the team, said Stallworth. “It lets me know that I have made some kind of impact on these guys in the locker room. I’ve always been a person of integrity and tried to always do the right things. It means that people see that that’s the kind of person that I am once they get to know me”……Former Ravens/current Redskins DT Ma’ake Kemoeatu and Former Maryland Terrapins/current Oakland Raiders LB Eric Barton were announced Tuesday as Ed Block Courage Award winners for their respective teams……The Ravens will return to practice Wednesday; Harbaugh, Lewis, Flacco and Rice are amongst the players expected to meet with the media

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Stallworth Voted Ravens Ed Block Courage Award Winner

Posted on 23 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (10-4) returned to practice Wednesday at 1 Winning Drive, continuing preparations for Sunday’s showdown with the Cleveland Browns (5-9) at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

WR Donte’ Stallworth was announced Thursday as the team’s recipient of the annual Ed Block Courage Award.

Stallworth missed the entire 2009 season after being pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter. The Ravens signed him as a free agent in February.

Stallworth also missed the first seven games of the 2010 season after breaking his foot in the preseason. Since returning, he has caught two passes for 82 yards and has run the ball four times for 30 yards.

The announcement was made following media availability Thursday, making Stallworth and teammates unavailable to comment.

Players from all 32 NFL organizations vote winners annually from their own team. Players vote for a teammate who has “exemplified a commitment to sportsmanship and courage.”

S Dawan Landry received the award from the Ravens in 2009.

The Ed Block Courage Awards will be held March 8, 2011 in Baltimore. A press conference recognizing Stallworth as the Ravens winner will take place Tuesday at the Sports Legends Museum in Charm City.

No other 2010 winners were announced Thursday.

DT Haloti Ngata and K Sam Koch were also honored Thursday, as both were named to the USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals team. Selection to the team was based on fundamentally sound play and consistent display of good character.

Ngata was selected to the team for a second consecutive season.

PRACTICE REPORT: S Tom Zbikowski (back) was again missing from the open portion of practice Wednesday. Zbikowski has not practiced since being forced to leave the team’s Week 14 win over the Houston Texans early.

WR David Reed (concussion) was also missing from the practice field for a second straight day. Reed was forced to leave the team’s Week 15 win over the New Orleans Saints in the first half.

OL Tony Moll (illness) and LB Jason Phillips (illness) each returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday. The flu bug continues to have an impact on the Ravens locker room; S Haruki Nakamura was also listed on Thursday’s injury report but he missed the session entirely.

Linebacker and special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo was also at first believed to be another victim of the flu bug, but the Ravens revealed that he missed practice because of a knee injury.

Center Matt Birk(knee) was also a full participant in practice the last several days despite his injury.

Derrick Mason’s injury(ankle) kept him limited in the session open to the media but his game status should not be an issue.

TE Todd Heap (hamstring) practiced for a second straight day, improving his chances of playing for the first time since being forced to leave the team’s Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter.

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said Heap has looked “great” in practice throughout the week.

“I look forward to getting him back, probably sooner than later. He hasn’t missed a beat in his preparation (or) his rehab. (He’s a) consummate pro. I look forward to getting him back.”

NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison and Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net now……RB/KR Jalen Parmele joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, hear that chat in the Audio Vault as well……The Ravens will hold their final open practice of the week Friday before Sunday’s game, Head Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to meet with the media following practice……Weather.com/The Weather Channel is predicting 25 degrees and snow showers for Cleveland Sunday

-G

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Bright Rays: After Lewis’ Speech, Rice Goes Off in Ravens Win

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Bright Rays: After Lewis’ Speech, Rice Goes Off in Ravens Win

Posted on 19 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

BALTIMORE — During meetings Saturday night, Ray Lewis had one point to make to his teammates. That point was apparently best made in the form of a question.

“The question was very simple” stated Lewis Sunday. “What would you give for the man beside you?”

As it turns out, the Baltimore Ravens LB was on the brink of having his question answered in the form of a career-best performance from a teammate.

RB Ray Rice absolutely went off Sunday, as the Ravens (10-4) held off the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints (10-4) 30-24 at M&T Bank Stadium.

Rice was brilliant on the ground, posting 153 yards (the 3rd most of his short NFL career) and a touchdown. His day on the ground was punctuated by a 50 yard scamper in the 4th quarter, his longest run of the season. The run was particularly significant as it came on the first play after the Saints had tied the game on an almost impossible TD catch by WR Lance Moore from QB Drew Brees. It also put the Ravens in field goal range, and K Billy Cundiff would go on to make a 32 yard kick that would prove to be the game winner.

But that wasn’t all Rice did Sunday.

Rice was also the Ravens’ leading receiver, hauling in five catches for 80 yards. The most significant was a beautiful 17 yard touchdown haul in the 2nd quarter on a rainbow toss from QB Joe Flacco.

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 19: Ray Rice  of the Baltimore Ravens score the Ravens third touchdown against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Saints at the half 21-14. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

The combined 233 yards of total offense marked a career high for the third year back from Rutgers.

Rice’s teammates were particularly impressed by the performance.

“It was great” said Flacco. “Ray came ready to play, big time in the running game. Our offensive line did a great job of creating space on the line of scrimmage. Ray did a great job of finding that room and then creating a little bit of extra yards on his own. Ray did a great job on some of the screens. It was a really good game.”

C Matt Birk was pleased with not only Rice, but also RB Willis McGahee. McGahee tallied 53 yards rushing on seven carries in the victory.

“They got up into the secondary and did some things. That’s what those guys do, that’s why they’re special.”

Head Coach John Harbaugh labeled Rice’s performance as “tremendous”, which might well be the most fitting description possible.

It was a particularly important performance for Rice, who had only one 100 yard rushing performance on the season coming into the game (133 yards in a Week 5 win against the Denver Broncos here in Charm City). The Pro Bowl back said he had a feeling the cold weather (34 degrees at kickoff) would help set him up for a big game.

“The cold weather doesn’t bother me. I’ve been in Rutgers, grew up in New York. It felt like it was 80 degrees out there for me. I was good to go. Late in the year, it’s a mentality thing. It just felt good to know that we said we were going to do something and went out and did it.”

And apparently part of what inspired Rice to put together such an impressive performacne were those words spoken by the future Hall of Fame LB that he looks up to in a “big brother” type of capacity.

“Ray Lewis spoke to the team last night” Rice said after the win. “You’ve got a guy who played 15 years and gave all of his blood, sweat and tears. You know when the time is trickling down late in the season and we’ve got to push for that. He spoke to the team, and I just think everybody heard that message last night.”

When I asked Rice what about Lewis’ speech stuck out to him, he said said it was about “sacrifice.”

“What are we going to sacrifice now until the rest of the season? We had our bumps and bruises, but what is everybody willing to sacrifice for one goal? The one goal is to win a Super Bowl.”

That sacrifice was clearly on display as the Ravens put together a crucial victory over the team that reached that goal just a season ago.

Ray Lewis has made plenty of speeches throughout his 15 year career. It would be hard to ever point out one that had more significance than others. Yet somehow the message hasn’t stopped resonating with teammates. He said the speech he made Saturday night came “straight from (his) heart.”

“Me spending a lot of time with God before I came to the meeting, and he just kept putting things on my heart. When I just came, it was just about one thing; sacrifice. I’ve been in this business 15 years, and I’ve seen some good teams and I’ve seen some OK teams, but what we have right now, the question was very simple. What would you give for the man beside you? I don’t care what the score is here and there; if we come out of here with the win, we became a better team.”

There will be a time when the Ravens won’t have Ray Lewis on the football field. The loss the Ravens will suffer on the football field without Lewis will be significant. But the loss of the team’s heart, soul and spiritual leadership could well be just as significant.

Ray Rice will likely post 233 yards of offense many more times in his career. Yet it was Sunday when his team needed yard to move past a two week stretch that included a heartbreaking loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and a near collapse in a win at the Houston Texans.

To summon up that performance Sunday, Rice believed he needed to hear what Lewis had to say.

Ravens fans can simply hope that Lewis will have many more opportunities to offer such inspiration.

NOTES: Hear from Rice, Lewis, Harbaugh, Flacco, S Ed Reed, CB Chris Carr, LB Terrell Suggs and DL Cory Redding following the win in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……LB Tavares Gooden is scheduled to join Drew Forrester Monday at 9:30am on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST……WR David Reed left the game in the first half with a concussion, he is considered day-to-day moving forward……WR Donte’ Stallworth was inactive for the first time since returning from a broken foot suffered in the preseason. Harbaugh told me after the game that Stallworth was not deactivated due to injury or illness, a Ravens official confirmed the team chose to keep CB Cary Williams active instead of Stallworth due to how much New Orleans was expected to throw……The Ravens will meet together at the 1 Winning Drive facility in Owings Mills Monday, Harbaugh will hold his weekly press conference Monday afternoon

-G

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Ravens-Saints “Purple Haze” Live Chat 1pm Today!

Posted on 19 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

BALTIMORE — Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens (9-4) will face their final NFC South opponent of the year, the New Orleans Saints (10-3). Today’s game will be seen on FOX (WBFF 45 locally in Charm City) with Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Chris Myers on the call. Will be chatting during the game in our “Purple Haze” live chat, which you can join HERE.

Here are today’s inactives…

Saints-
TE David Thomas (knee)
WR Courtney Roby (head)
RB Chris Ivory (hamstring)
S Usama Young
DT Anthony Hargrove (knee)
CB Patrick Robinson
LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar
OT Charles Brown

Ravens-
TE Todd Heap (hamstring)
S Tom Zbikowski (back)
FB Jason McKie
OL Bryan Mattison
WR Donte’ Stallworth
DT Lamar Divens
LB Jason Phillips
DT Brandon McKinney

TE Ed Dickson will start for Heap.

The Ravens will be in black tops and black bottoms, the Saints will be in white tops and black bottoms. Walt Anderson’s crew will officiate today’s game.

Come chat with us!

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Ready to Face Panthers QB St. Pierre

Posted on 18 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (6-3) returned to the practice field Thursday, continuing preparations for Sunday’s showdown with the Carolina Panthers (1-8) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Panthers coach John Fox ended speculation today by confirming that the team will start veteran QB Brian St. Pierre in Sunday’s game. St. Pierre was with the Ravens during the 2005 season, Sunday will mark the first career NFL start for the 8th year QB out of Boston College.

Ravens Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison said he had some familiarity with St. Pierre from his time at BC. Despite St. Pierre’s lack of experience, Mattison said “that’s their quarterback. He’s an NFL quarterback. We have to get after him.”

St. Pierre has thrown just five passes in his NFL career, including one touchdown last season while with the Arizona Cardinals. He was selected to start ahead of rookie Tony Pike; as Jimmy Clausen will miss Sunday’s game due to a concussion suffered in the team’s Week 10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matt Moore began the season as the team’s starting QB, but he was placed on Injured Reserve (IR) on November 8 with a shoulder injury.

While Mattison was addressing the media Thursday, Ravens LB Terrell Suggs was lingering nearby. Mattison asked the former Pro Bowl LB what he knew about St. Pierre, to which Suggs responded “I know how to get after his ass.”

ROSBURG STICKING WITH DAVID REED: Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg confirmed Thursday that WR David Reed would remain the team’s kick returner moving forward.

“I think David Reed has grown every week that we’ve put him back there” said Rosburg. “You see things in the returns that you like to see. This last week I saw him split the middle on one of our returns. If we were able to get the safety, he might have made a big play.”

Rosburg was not as forthcoming with information about who would return punts moving forward. “We’ll find out Sunday” said Rosburg.

Rosburg confirmed that WR Donte’ Stallworth, CB Lardarius Webb and S Tom Zbikowski are all part of the punt return picture. Zbikowski has not played since suffering a bruised heel in the Ravens’ Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots in Foxborough.

Rosburg was clearly frustrated with Webb losing a fumble in the Ravens’ Week 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

“The first priority we have whenever we’re going out there in the return game is to give our offense the ball” said Rosburg. “It’s something we’ve been working on. We have a high priority in ball security.”

PRACTICE REPORT: S Tom Zbikowski (foot) was again the only Ravens player missing from the open portion of practice Thursday. Zbikowski is not expected to be available for Sunday’s game.

OT Marshal Yanda missed practice Thursday, Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron later confirmed Yanda missed practice because his wife was in labor with their first child. Yanda is expected to play Sunday.

CB Fabian Washington (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. TE Todd Heap (chest) was limited for a second straight day, LB Tavares Gooden (head) was a full participant after being limited Wednesday.

The Panthers again had a long list of players who did not participate in practice Thursday. Clausen (concussion), S Marcuas Hudson (ankle), DE Charles Johnson (hip), WR Brandon LaFell (concussion), RB Jonathan Stewart (concussion), RB Tyrell Sutton (ankle) and OT Travelle Wharton (toe) were all held out of practice.

LB Jon Beason (knee) was a limited participant Thursday after missing practice Wednesday. DE Greg Hardy (concussion) and LB Nic Harris (knee) were limited participants for a second straight day.

NOTES: Hear from Cameron, Mattison, Rosburg, David Reed and RB Ray Rice NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Ravens LB Sergio Kingle (Reserve Non-Injury) joined Drew Forrester Thursday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, that chat is available in the Audio Vault as well. LB Prescott Burgess is scheduled to join Forrester Friday morning at 7:30am, David Reed is scheduled to join Rex Snider Thursday at 5:45pm on “The Afternoon Drive” on AM1570 WNST…..The Ravens will hold their final open practice of the week Friday, Head Coach John Harbaugh is scheduled to address the media following Friday’s practice……Al Riveron’s crew will officiate Sunday’s game

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 17 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because it’s time to name a couple “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week.” The NEW TGSOATTW honoree is from Zac Brown Band’s new CD “You Get What You Give”, which I can already tell you will be on my short list of nominees for Album of the Year this year. I love the tune “Keep Me In Mind.”

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The retro version stems from my trip to Atlanta last week, as I was reminded of the greatness of music from A-Town. Let’s not forget that this was the town that gave us the Black Crowes, Little Feat, Ludacris, Usher, Cee Lo Green, Sevendust and of course the AMAZING Outkast; who combine with Erykah Badu for “Humble Mumble”…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. CSNBaltimore.com says Ravens’ Week 12 game with Tampa Bay Buccaneers at M&T Bank Stadium flexed to 4:15pm

LOVE this. Maryland plays NC State the night before, and I’m hoping it will be a relevant game that gets moved back to 8pm. If it does, I can use the extra sleep. 4:15pm is a PERFECT game time.

You would think that the game against the New Orleans Saints on December 19 would be a prime candidate to be flexed as well. The games at the Cleveland Browns and against the Cincinnati Bengals to end the season probably aren’t the type of premiere battles to warrant national television, but if there’s a lot on the line that could certainly change.

2. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Joe Flacco in Top 10 in NFL in big passing plays

“TAKE THE HANDCUFFS OFF!!!”

Some of the numbers on these 25+ yard passes might be a bit skewed by short passes that ended up going a great distance, but I think this is a legitimate statistic.

I’ve laughed at the “time to open up the offense” comments that some fans have directed to Cam Cameron in the past, but I will admit that the Ravens don’t have the personnel necessary to TRULY be the type of dynamic offense some folks want to see.

Hopefully Donte’ Stallworth can continue to progress health-wise and his speed will add something to the offense. That being said, the Ravens are STILL missing the 6’4″-6’5″ type WR to haul in jump balls downfield. I know there’s the whole NFL Draft process, but could they just petition to pick up Georgia WR AJ Green for the rest of the season?

3. ESPN.com drops Ravens to 4th in power rankings

Before we move on from the Ravens, a couple of things…

-We’ll be out at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today as the Ravens return to the practice field. We’re expecting to hear from Head Coach John Harbaugh, LB Ray Lewis, Flacco and others following this morning’s walkthrough. Make sure you’re tuned in to AM1570 WNST throughout the day, following @WNST on Twitter and checking WNST.net for updates!

-The Carolina Panthers made a roster move Tuesday, signing veteran QB Brian St. Pierre from their practice squad. With starter Jimmy Clausen expected to miss Sunday’s battle in Charlotte, St. Pierre would back up rookie Tony Pike. Armanti Edwards is also on the roster, but the Panthers have been in the process of moving him to WR.

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Orioles have ‘already been in contact’ with free agent Adam Dunn

Is this thing on?

ATTENTION ANDY MACPHAIL: PLEASE FINISH THE JOB!

It is NOT enough to simply talk to free agents like Adam Dunn. Adam Dunn would be an almost PERFECT piece to add to the Birds’ lineup, but he has to agree to come to Charm City.

That’s the hard part.

That being said, Dunn’s been in the area and has played for a wretched franchise with few signs of hope. The American League might help his numbers, and while the Orioles might not want him to play first base-they also don’t have anyone blocking him from the position.

There’s no reason why the Orioles COULDN’T get Adam Dunn. Especially with all of that money they have their regional cable network.

Right?

RIGHT?

5. The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says former O’s prospect Scott Moore re-signed with Chicago Cubs

He will be missed.

To warm your hearts with Scott Moore gone, I figured I’d pass along this picture of Candice Boucher. (Thanks Brosome!)

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6. UMTerps.com says Gary Williams announced Tuesday that Sterling Gibbs, Nick Faust officially signed LOI

While we knew both players had already committed to coming to College Park, but it’s always hard to feel TOO confident until that LOI is signed.

Maryland supporters can certainly breathe now.

They both SHOULD be good players at the college level, but clearly there is no guarantee. That being said, it is simply nice to see well thought of players headed to the University of Maryland.

Of course, we thought the same thing when McDonald’s All-American Mike Jones debuted at Comcast Center…

7. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland center Jordan Williams named to Naismith Award watch list

While I doubt that Jordan Williams will be on the list at the END of the season, it is VERY nice to see his name on these lists (he’s also on the Wooden Award watch list) to start the season.

I did happen to think there was one notable name left off the watch list. Renata Kuerten. I believe there’s no relation to Gustavo. I know I’LL be watching. (Thanks Guyism!)

kuerten

8. The AP says Rashawn Polk scored 29 points to lead Towson past Coppin State at Towson Center

And a nice debut from former Calvert Hall and Maryland big man Braxton Dupree, who tallied six points and 14 rebounds in his Tigers debut.

More local college hoops action tonight, as UMBC visits Loyola at Reitz Arena. Tip-off is at 7pm, you can see the game live on MASN.

And in women’s action last night, Maryland fell to Georgetown 53-45. I thought Brenda Frese was supposed to have a high-powered group this season?!?!?

9. Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terrapins trying to avenge ’08 loss to Florida State at Byrd Stadium Saturday

Did you miss Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher Wednesday with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net today to check it out! Other things you can hear in the Audio Vault include…

  • Solomon Wilcots (CBS Color Analyst)-who previewed Ravens-Panthers with Drew Wednesday
  • Todd Bozeman (Morgan State Hoops Coach)-who talked about the start of the Bears’ season with Drew Wednesday
  • Anthony Burgos (Franklin High School Football Coach)-who previewed Friday night’s showdown with North Harford (they’re doing God’s work) with Drew Wednesday
  • Steve Roberts (Arkansas State Football Coach)-who previewed the Red Wolves’ showdown with Navy Saturday in Annapolis with Thyrl Nelson Tuesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Wes Shivers (Strikeforce fighter)-who joined Thyrl Tuesday on “The MMA Report”
  • Jamey Eisenberg (CBSSports.com)-who talked Fantasy Football with Rex Snider Tuesday on “The Afternoon Drive”

It’s all in the Audio Vault, so I’ve planned your day for you. You can thank me later.

10. People Magazine says Michael Phelps dating reality TV star Brittny Gastineau

You’re thinking to yourself: “You didn’t really just post this to put up a picture of Brittny Gastineau in her underpants, did you?”

You already know the answer.

gastineau

And finally, I leave you with this.

Complex.com named this Trinity College miracle the greatest trick play in football history. It WAS pretty awesome, but does it top the hook and lateral from Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl? I don’t know…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfKL3EUj7vA[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Live from Owings Mills: Harbaugh said team has turned page on Atlanta, respect toward Panthers

Posted on 15 November 2010 by Ryan Chell

The Baltimore Ravens spent some extra time Monday going over what went wrong Thursday night down in Atlanta-and how to fix it as the team prepares for the Carolina Panthers, so much so that Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s weekly press conference was pushed back almost a half-hour.

“It was a good practice,” Harbaugh said. “The guys were excited to get back to work.”

“We went through the game tape. We spent a good deal of time on that and that was productive. We tried to make the corrections and get ready for a tough football game on Sunday.”

The Ravens will travel to take on the 1-8 Carolina Panthers on Sunday at 1PM.

The Ravens were disappointed with their showing Thursday in their 26-21 loss to the Falcons last week, but overall, Harbaugh said the team understands that that’s how the cards were dealt.

“I’d rather be 9-0,” Harbaugh said. “Are we happy we’re 6-3? No. But that’s what we are.”

And despite the loss that Pittsburgh received to the New England Patriots on Sunday-which keeps the Ravens atop the AFC North-the Ravens coach ultimately feels like that Thursday was a chance to make up some ground in the AFC Playoff picture.

“Every time you don’t win in this league, it’s a missed opportunity,” Harbaugh replied.

And the Ravens don’t expect any other teams to let up when they square off against them.

“You look around the league, it’s tough. Week-in and week-out, it’s a battle every single week, and teams pull things out by the skin of their teeth and lose games just the same way. And it’s close,(cont)

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As Dolphins-Ravens set to go, Stallworth Not Sure How He’ll Feel in NFL Return

Posted on 05 November 2010 by Glenn Clark

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens (5-2) held their final open practice of the week Friday at 1 Winning Drive, making final preparations for Sunday’s showdown with the Miami Dolphins (4-3) at M&T Bank Stadium.

WR Donte’ Stallworth missed the first seven games of the season after breaking his foot in the team’s third preseason game-a win over the New York Giants in Charm City. With a full week of practice, Stallworth is expected to make his Ravens debut Sunday, marking his first NFL game since December 28, 2008. Stallworth missed all of the 2009 season after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter.

Stallworth said Friday he’s not sure what his emotions will be like in his NFL return.

“I can’t say” said the 13th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. “When we had our first practice (at M&T Bank Stadium) during Training Camp, I had no idea I was going to feel the way I did. We had 18-19,000 fans out there. The rush felt like a gameday. It will be interesting to see how it goes. It will be a good feeling.”

Despite having to serve jail time and his football future being very cloudy in Spring 2009, Stallworth said he always believed he’d be back in the NFL level.

“I always kept the faith that I would be back. Regardless of whether it was with the Browns at the time or another team, I always had confidence in myself and confidence in my abilities that someone would take a chance on me.”

Stallworth said he isn’t certain of how much he’ll be used Sunday, but hopes to go “as much as (the team) needs me to go.”

LAWRENCE TO RETURN TO PRACTICE: Head Coach John Harbaugh confirmed that at the end of the 21 day window to make a decision, the Ravens will have RB Matt Lawrence return to practice Monday. Lawrence has missed the first seven games of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list after suffering a season ending knee injury in November 2009.

The Ravens will have 21 days to make a decision as to whether to activate Lawrence or leave him on the Reserve/PUP list for the rest of the season.

Lawrence was unavailable for comment Friday.

PRACTICE REPORT: S Tom Zbikowski (foot) was not on the practice field again Friday, he has not practiced since suffering a bruised heel in the team’s Week 6 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. He was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the AFC East opponent.

All other Ravens were on the practice field Friday, but TE Dennis Pitta (head) was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game. Stallworth (foot) is probable to make his Ravens debut, LB Tavares Gooden is expected to play for the first time since injuring his shoulder in the team’s Week 2 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

For the Dolphins, S Yeremiah Bell (toe) and RB Patrick Cobbs (hamstring) have been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, LB Channing Crowder (thumb) was listed as probable.

NOTES: Hear from Harbaugh, Stallworth and WR Derrick Mason NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net……Dolphins LB Channing Crowder described Mason as “the old guy” earlier this week, to which Mason responded Friday “He was still peeing himself when I was playing football”……CB Cary Williams joined Drew Forrester Friday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, you can hear in the Audio Vault as well……According to Weather.com/The Weather Channel, it is expected to be 53 degrees and sunny Sunday when the Ravens face the Fins……The Ravens will hold a walkthrough Saturday at 1 Winning Drive, the walkthrough is closed to the media

-G

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