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Still no target date for Suggs’ potential return

Posted on 27 August 2012 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 6:05 p.m.)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Needing to pare down their roster to 75 players by Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline, the Ravens have done so without waiving any more players.

As expected, linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon) and wide receiver David Reed (knee) have been placed on the reserve physically unable to perform list. The designation allows the Ravens to remove each player from their active roster but sidelines them through the first six weeks of the regular season.

Suggs underwent surgery in early May for a partially-torn Achilles tendon suffered in late April. The third-year return specialist Reed suffered a torn ACL last December and is still working his way back to full strength.

After Week 6, Suggs and Reed have a three-week window to begin practicing. At any point during that time frame, the Ravens may activate either player. However, at the end of the period, the Ravens must activate them, waive them, or place them on season-ending injured reserve.

The Ravens hope the 2011 AP Defenisve Player of the Year will be able to return to action as he continues to rehab from surgery. Suggs has vowed he will return to the field this season, but the question of when that might happen remains a mystery.

“We don’t know. It’s still early,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I’d say he’s doing really well. From everything I’ve been told, he’s doing very well. So, that’s where we’re at. It’s too far off to say a date really.”

Assuming Suggs would take the full three weeks, the Ravens would be forced to place him on the 53-man roster in the week leading up to their Nov. 11 game against the Oakland Raiders — even if he’s not ready to play by that point — or he would be placed on IR, ending his season.

The Ravens also announced they have played four players on injured reserve, ending their season. Defensive lineman Ryan McBean (broken ankle) and safety Emanuel Cook (broken lower leg) were already known to have been lost for the season, but linebackers Stevie Baggs and Darryl Blackstock were also placed on IR.

The organization could eventually come to an injury settlement for the two linebackers, which would allow them to catch on somewhere else if and when their injuries heal.

The Ravens announced Sunday they had terminated the contract of kicker Billy Cundiff and waived tight end Davon Drew, wide receivers Devin Goda and Patrick Wiliams, offensive lineman Addison Lawrence, center Cecil Newton, cornerback Jordan Maybin, long snapper Patrick Scales, and quarterback Chester Stewart.

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NFLPA rejects rule changes to IR, trade deadline

Posted on 23 August 2012 by Luke Jones

Two of the most notable rule changes passed by the NFL earlier this offseason will not go into effect for the 2012 season after all.

The NFL Players Association did not approve changes to the injured reserve list and the trade deadline, meaning there will not be an injured-player exemption or a later deadline for making trades for at least another season.

The IR rule change passed in May would have provided teams with the opportunity to place one player on injured reserve — thus saving a spot on the 53-man roster — with the option of activating that player for the second half of the season. Under current league rules, any player placed on IR is lost for the season.

Owners had also voted to move the trade deadline back two weeks from the end of the sixth week of the regular season to the Tuesday of Week 8 at 4 p.m. ET.

According to the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, the NFLPA had to approve both rule changes for them to take effect.

According to a FOXSports.com report, the new rules were linked to alterations to in-season practice rules, which led to the union voting against them.

The news doesn’t really impact the Ravens for this season as injured linebacker Terrell Suggs is eligible to begin the season on the reserve non-football injury list, which would sideline him for the first six weeks of the season while allowing the team to replace him on the 53-man roster. After Week 6 of the regular season, Suggs will have a three-week window to begin practicing before the Ravens must then determine whether to place him on the 53-man roster or keep him on the list, which would then end his season.

The same conditions apply to wide receiver and return specialist David Reed, who remains on the active physically unable to perform list as he continues to rehab the surgically-repaired ACL in his left knee.

If approved by the NFLPA, the IR exemption could have applied to defensive lineman Ryan McBean if the prognosis for his fractured ankle would have suggested a potential return midway through the season. Of course, McBean underwent ankle surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

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Birk, J. Smith, three others return to practice Saturday

Posted on 11 August 2012 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 5:40 p.m.)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Returning to the practice field after their 31-17 win in the preseason opener over Atlanta, the Ravens saw five players return to action but were also dealing with several news absences from injuries sustained against the Falcons.

Center Matt Birk (back), cornerback Jimmy Smith (back), defensive end Arthur Jones (hip), running back Bernard Pierce (hamstring), and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe all returned to practice on Saturday as the Ravens begin a new week of practice leading into their first preseason home game against Detroit on Friday.

Birk hadn’t practiced since July 28 after dealing with back spasms.

“It’s good to get those guys back,” coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s very important. Those guys were out here practicing, and we need to have those guys.”

Despite the good news of several key players returning, the Ravens also faced the fallout from Thursday’s game as tight end Ed Dickson (sprained right shoulder), defensive lineman Ryan McBean (broken left ankle), wide receivers Torrey Smith (sprained ankle) and Logan Payne (hip), and cornerbacks Asa Jackson (hamstring) and Chykie Brown (hamstring) did not practice.

All aforementioned players were injured against the Falcons, with McBean’s injury potentially sidelining him for the rest of the season. Dickson — who came out to watch practice in street clothes with his right arm in a sling — is expected to miss a few weeks but will be ready in time for the Ravens’ season opener on Sept. 10. Smith’s injury is not considered to be serious.

Harbaugh would not disclose any updates on the severity of McBean’s fracture or confirm whether it would be a season-ending injury.

“It’s already been reported, so there’s no reason for me to comment any further,” Harbaugh said. “You guys already got what you need.”

Others not practicing included linebackers Josh Bynes (back) and Darryl Blackstock (groin), and wide receivers Tandon Doss (hamstring) and Patrick Williams (leg). Wide receiver David Reed (knee) and offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) remain on the active physically unable to perform list while linebacker Terrell Suggs continues to rehab his surgically-repaired Achilles tendon while on the non-football injury list.

Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw (shoulder) was practicing again after sitting out Thursday’s game. He practiced for the first time since July 28 on Tuesday but was held out of the game due to a lack of practice reps.



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Ravens DT McBean suffers broken left ankle in preseason opener

Posted on 10 August 2012 by Luke Jones

Coach John Harbaugh’s fears following the preseason opener were found to be true as defensive lineman Ryan McBean suffered a broken left ankle in the second quarter of the Ravens’ 31-17 win over Atlanta.

The 28-year-old will visit Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte early next week to discuss his options, one of which would be surgery. McBean was carted off the Georgia Dome turf and faces the prospects of missing the entire season.

McBean signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Ravens on May 7 and was already facing a three-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Formerly a member of the Denver Broncos, McBean was expected to be a regular member of the Baltimore defensive line rotation.

“The guy is working hard, he’s tough, he’s physical,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said about McBean last week. “[He] just kind of has to learn our technique that we want just a little better.”

With McBean’s season now in jeopardy, his absence improves the chances of veteran Ma’ake Kemoeatu and young defensive linemen Bryan Adams and DeAngelo Tyson grabbing spots on the 53-man roster.

A fourth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007, McBean collected 33 tackles and four sacks for Denver last season.

In other news, an MRI confirmed tight end Ed Dickson suffered only a sprained shoulder on Thursday night. He is expected to be back in time for the regular-season opener on Sept. 10.

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Dickson, McBean injured in preseason opener against Atlanta

Posted on 10 August 2012 by Luke Jones

Already dealing with the loss of Dennis Pitta for the rest of the preseason, the Ravens will now wait on the status of Ed Dickson after the tight end left Thursday’s game with a sprained right shoulder.

Dickson landed hard on the shoulder upon catching a 9-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco in the second quarter of the Ravens’ 31-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The third-year tight end will undergo an MRI on Friday and could be sidelined a few weeks, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

Dickson’s absence would leave tight ends Davon Drew and Billy Bajema at the top of the depth chart with undrafted rookies Bruce Figgins and Matt Balasavage behind them. Pitta is expected to return by the start of the regular season after undergoing surgery on his broken right hand last week.

The most serious of the injuries sustained Thursday appeared to have occurred to defensive lineman Ryan McBean, who was carted off the field with what’s feared to be a fractured left ankle. He will undergo an X-ray Friday to determine the extent of the damage.

McBean was tabbed to be a key member of the defensive line rotation and is already facing a three-game suspension due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith also suffered a sprained ankle in the preseason opener, but the injury is not believed to be serious.

Wide receiver Logan Payne (hip flexor) and cornerback Asa Jackson (hamstring) were also injured during Thursday’s game.

The Ravens deactivated 13 players due to injury-related concerns prior to their first preseason contest.

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