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Browns Taylor Presents BIG Issue for Ravens

Posted on 03 November 2013 by WNST Staff

As the Ravens are set to head to the “Dawg Pound,” major concerns should be set against a stout Browns defense.  Cleveland not only has bevy of pass-rushers at their disposal, but a lock down corner in Joe Haden, an enforcer on the back end, in Safety, T.J. Ward and a solid team leader in Linebacker, D’Qwell Jackson.  The Ravens had trouble moving the ball in the first matchup, during Week 2, in Baltimore; it is safe to expect more issues come 4:30 today.

A lot of notoriety will be placed on the likes of All-Pro, Haden and former Ravens pass-rush specialist, Paul Kruger, but the biggest (literally and figuratively) concern for a struggling Baltimore attack should be massive Nose Tackle, Phil Taylor. Coming in at a ‘listed’ 6’ 3”, 335 lbs. (which may be selling his waist line a little short); he is a load for any offensive lineman to handle.  Facing Baltimore though, Taylor might eat up the middle of their protection.

With Kelechi Osemele officially going on the injured reserve list, with chronic back issues, the Ravens are force to play undersized A.Q. Shipley (a smaller center by trade) at the Left Guard spot, next to undersized, and mostly overwhelmed, Center, Gino Gradkowski. Though Taylor only has two sacks on the season, he could make a major impact in adding pressure from the middle of the trenches, pushing Flacco to move outside the pocket, and possibly into the hands of Krugar or impressive rookie, Linebacker, Barkevious Mingo or a finally healthy, Linebacker, Jabaal Sheard.

In order to limit Taylor’s impact, the Ravens will need to spread out the defense, keeping the least amount of the Browns stellar front seven in the box.  With that being said, Gradkowski and Shipley could double team the large Nose Tackle, hopefully, wearing him down by the fourth quarter. If the unlikely duo of Gradkowki and Shipley can control the middle of the field, the Ravens offense will be able to thrive against a very stout Cleveland Browns defense.

But that is literally a “BIG” if…

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Ravens list 15 players on injury report in aftermath of $20K fine

Posted on 31 October 2012 by Luke Jones

John Harbaugh vowed the Ravens would adjust to the NFL’s demands following a $20,000 fine levied against the organization for failing to list safety Ed Reed on the injury report two weeks ago.

The Ravens head coach did exactly that on Wednesday, listing a total of 15 players on the first injury report of the week as the team continued preparations for Sunday’s trip to Cleveland to take on the Browns.

“There is not going to be anybody that is not going to be on there,” Harbaugh said in a Monday conference call. “It’s pretty hard for us to determine who a significant player is and who is not. I don’t know how to do that. That’s one of the ways they write it in [the rules]. They say a significant player [dealing with an injury] who has not missed any time should be on there. In my mind, all 53 are significant.”

Defensive end Pernell McPhee was the only player absent from Wednesday’s workout as he sat out with a thigh injury. The second-year defensive lineman has also dealt with a sore right knee that stems from the arthroscopic surgery he underwent in the spring. McPhee acknowledged prior to practice that his injuries are hampering his explosiveness at the line of scrimmage.

His decreased workload was evident in the Week 7 loss to Houston in which McPhee took part in only 20 percent of the total defensive snaps. He had taken roughly 70 percent of the defensive snaps in the first six weeks of the season and has collected only 16 tackles and 1/2 sack after registering six sacks in a part-time role as a rookie last season.

“I’m just out there trying to come off the ball,” McPhee said. “I’m just trying to fit in the defense. I’m a soldier and there’s an army here and I feel like we need every shoulder we have. As long as I can walk and move, I’m going to go out there and play.”

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones, cornerback Jimmy Smith, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were designated as limited participants. However, Ngata is no longer listed as having a knee injury, an indication that the sprained MCL suffered against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6 is feeling much better.

An additional 11 players were listed as full participants, including Reed being included with shoulder and chest injuries.

Right tackle Kelechi Osemele practiced fully after suffering a sprained ankle in the 43-13 loss to Houston but declared himself close to 100 percent prior to working on Wednesday.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs was also listed as a full participant and Harbaugh expects the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year to handle a full workload against the Browns if all goes as planned during practices this week.

Meanwhile, Browns coach Pat Shurmur listed 18 players on Wednesday’s injury report, though 10 were designated as full participants.

Cleveland is also expected to activate defensive tackle Phil Taylor from the physically unable to perform list in time to play on Sunday. Taylor tore a pectoral muscle while lifting weights in May and returned to the practice field last week.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Pernell McPhee (thigh)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Jacoby Jones (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abs)
FULL PARTICIPATION: CB Chykie Brown (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (hand), S James Ihedigbo (hand), DT Ma’ake Kemoeatu (knee), T Bryant McKinnie (thigh), T Michael Oher (ankle), T Kelechi Osemele (ankle), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder/chest), LB Terrell Suggs (ankle), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DB Dimitri Pattterson (ankle), DL Ahtyba Rubin (calf)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DL John Hughes (arm), LB D’Qwell Jackson (foot/toe), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib), DB Ray Ventrone (hand/calf), DB T.J. Ward (hand/shoulder), DL Brian Sanford (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION: DB Johnson Bademosi (hip), DB Tashaun Gipson (knee), LB James-Michael Johnson (knee/groin), OL Shawn Lauvao (groin), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), RB Chris Ogbonnaya (chest/ribs), DL Frostee Rucker (shoulder/toe), OL Jarrod Shaw (illness), QB Brandon Weeden (groin/thigh), LS Christian Yount (shoulder)

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