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Yanda, McClain exit Sunday’s loss with injuries

Posted on 09 December 2012 by Luke Jones

LANDOVER, Md. — The Ravens added injury to the insult of a disappointing 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins with the loss of two more starters on Sunday.

Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda exited in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury and didn’t return while starting inside linebacker Jameel McClain left Sunday’s game in the third quarter with a neck injury and was sidelined for the remainder of the afternoon. Coach John Harbaugh confirmed X-rays were negative on McClain’s neck.

“That’s good news,” Harbaugh said of the preliminary results.

The immediate status of Yanda remains a mystery as there was much concern over his injured ankle following the game. The sixth-year lineman was helped to the sideline as he put no weight on his right leg before being carted to the locker room. Following the loss, Yanda left the Ravens locker room using crutches but was able to put some weight on the ankle as he moved to the team bus.

Veteran Bobbie Williams filled in at right guard in Yanda’s absence while McClain was replaced by former practice squad member Josh Bynes in the second half. The Ravens were already without starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.

The Ravens also reported minor injuries to running back Ray Rice and fullback Vonta Leach. Rice suffered a hip pointer and Leach sustained an ankle injury, but neither is considered to be serious considering both players finished the game.

Rice ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and did not appear to be favoring the injury in the locker room.

Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs didn’t play in Sunday’s game as his status remains uncertain moving forward after he suffered a torn right biceps in last week’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On the plus side, the Ravens hope to see the returns of inside linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Jimmy Smith this week as they turn their attention to the red-hot Denver Broncos for Week 15.

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Ngata, Reed, four other Ravens leading way in Pro Bowl voting

Posted on 29 November 2012 by Luke Jones

Learning the 9-2 Ravens have six players leading their respective positions in voting for the Pro bowl is no surprise, but the list of names is a change from the past with linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs missing large portions of the season with injuries.

Free safety Ed Reed, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and fullback Vonta Leach each made the Pro Bowl last season for the Ravens and are once again leading their respective positions in the voting. Joining them are cornerback Cary Williams, strong safety Bernard Pollard, and kick returner Jacoby Jones when the latest voting totals were released on Wednesday.

Often maligned by Ravens fans, Williams has played better as the season has progressed and is tied for the AFC lead with four interceptions. Pollard leads the team with 82 tackles this season with the perennial leader Lewis being sidelined for the last five games with a torn right triceps. Neither defensive back has been selected to the Pro Bowl in their respective careers.

Jones appears to be the favorite in the AFC to go to Honolulu as a kick returner after being named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice this season. He has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and his 63-yard punt return for a touchdown was the difference in the Ravens’ 13-10 win over Pittsburgh two weeks ago.

The news of Reed and Ngata leading their respective spots is no shock, but their underwhelming performances — at least by their incredible standards — would leave their inclusion up for debate. Reed is an eight-time selection to the game while Ngata has been named to the last three Pro Bowls. Leach is a two-time Pro Bowl selection at the fullback position, one coming in his first season in Baltimore and another with Houston in 2010.

Ngata leads the team with 219,581 votes and is followed in order by Williams (141,660), Leach (127,610), Reed (84,017), Jones (80,278), and Pollard (57,875).

Voting continues through Dec. 17, and teams will be announced on Dec. 26. The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 27, 2013 in Honolulu.

The AFC and NFC teams are selected based on voting by players, coaches, and fans with each counting for one-third of the final outcome.

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Our Ravens/Browns “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 04 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 25-15 win over the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. DeAngelo Tyson

4. Cary Williams

3. Sam Koch

2. Anquan Boldin

1. Ray Rice (Pat on Both Cheeks)

(Ryan’s Pats on Page 2…)

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Rice, Leach amongst highest rated in Madden NFL 13

Posted on 20 August 2012 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Electronic Arts, here is a rundown of overall player ratings for the Madden NFL 13 video game, which will be released next week.

Top 10 Quarterbacks:
1. Aaron Rodgers (99)
2. Tom Brady (98)
3. Drew Brees (98)
4. Eli Manning (97)
5. Ben Roethlisberger (95)
6. Peyton Manning (93)
7. Philip Rivers (92)
8. Matthew Stafford (91)
9. Tony Romo (90)
10. Michael Vick (89)

*Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco has an overall rating of 89

Top 10 Running Backs:
1. Maurice Jones-Drew (97)
2.  Adrian Peterson (97)
3. Arian Foster (96)
4. LeSean McCoy (95)
5. Ray Rice (95)
6. Matt Forte (93)
7. Frank Gore (92)
8. Stephen Jackson (92)
9. Jamaal Charles (91)
10. Michael Turner (91)

*Ravens FB Vonta Leach has an overall rating of 92

Top 10 Wide Receivers/Tight Ends:
1. Calvin Johnson (99)
2. Rob Gronkowski (97)
3. Larry Fitzgerald (97)
4. Andre Johnson (97)
5. Vernon Davis (95)
6. Jimmy Graham (95)
7. Steve Smith (95)
8. Wes Welker (95)
9. Roddy White (94)
10. Hakeem Nicks (94)

*Ravens WR Anquan Boldin has a rating of 87, Torrey Smith 80, Jacoby Jones 74; Tight End Ed Dickson has a rating of 77, Dennis Pitta 74

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Kindle’s shoulder stinger headlines mild list of new injuries for Ravens

Posted on 18 August 2012 by Luke Jones

Unlike the preseason opener in which they suffered a season-ending injury and another multi-week one, Friday’s preseason game left the Ravens without any apparent long-term health concerns.

Linebacker Sergio Kindle suffered a shoulder stinger in the second half of the 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions and didn’t return to action. However, the 2010 second-round pick did not believe the injury to be serious following the game.

In addition to Kindle’s injury, coach John Harbaugh reported after the game that fullback Vonta Leach and wide receiver LaQuan Williams suffered mild ankle sprains while reserve linebacker Ricky Brown had a hip contusion. None of those injuries are believed to be legitimate concerns moving forward.

Players with preexisting injury concerns such as cornerback Jimmy Smith, linebacker Courtney Upshaw, and running back Bernard Pierce played without any concerns moving forward, according to the head coach.

“The guys that had the issues injury-wise [who played in the game] got through well,” Harbaugh said. “So, that’s good news, and we’ll just move on from there.”

Wide receiver Torrey Smith was listed as active but did not suit up to play as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle suffered in the preseason opener in Atlanta. The Maryland product practiced on very limited basis on Sunday and Monday before sitting out the final two practices of the week leading up to the game with the Lions.

Labeled as just a “nick” last weekend, Smith’s ankle was only the third-most serious injury sustained against Atlanta as defensive lineman Ryan McBean suffered a season-ending ankle fracture while tight end Ed Dickson sprained his shoulder, which will likely keep him sidelined for the rest of the preseason.

Offensive lineman Jah Reid was listed as inactive as the second-year tackle reportedly suffered another setback with the calf injury that’s hampered him since the final day of mandatory minicamp in June. He was removed from the physically unable to perform list this week after returning to the practice field.

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