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Ravens’ deal for veteran tackle Long reportedly falls through

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Luke Jones

The Ravens apparently won’t be signing veteran offensive tackle Jake Long after all.

Despite the sides agreeing to a one-year deal pending a physical earlier in the week, the Ravens were concerned with the condition of Long’s right knee after he suffered ACL tears in 2013 and 2014. After being examined by Dr. James Andrews, the 31-year-old declined to sign an injury waiver and will instead remain a free agent, according to ESPN.

Head coach John Harbaugh had no news on Long’s status earlier in the day before the news broke.

“I don’t have an update on Jake,” Harbaugh said. “I haven’t heard. I’m waiting to talk to Ozzie [Newsome] actually and see where we’re at with that.”

Appearing in just seven games over the last two seasons, Long was viewed as a candidate to provide improved veteran depth behind 2016 first-round left tackle Ronnie Stanley. However, the Ravens did not want to take on the financial risk of his knee not holding up.

The Ravens would still like to add to a reserve group of offensive tackles that includes James Hurst, De’Ondre Wesley, and Blaine Clausell behind Stanley and starting right tackle Rick Wagner. Rookie Alex Lewis played tackle in college, but he has been working at guard since being selected by the Ravens in the fourth round of April’s draft.

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Wallace fails conditioning test, Long’s deal on hold for now

Posted on 27 July 2016 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Two veteran newcomers could be missing from the field as the Ravens conduct their first full-squad workout of the summer on Thursday.

According to head coach John Harbaugh, wide receiver Mike Wallace did not pass the team’s rigorous conditioning test and will be placed on the non-football injury list to begin training camp. Though it’s not the ideal way to begin his first camp with the Ravens, it’s not uncommon to see a veteran or two — especially those new to the organization — fail the conditioning test at the start of camp and Wallace is expected to pass and be on the practice field within the next couple days.

Wallace could retake the test as early as Thursday morning and would be allowed to participate in the Ravens’ 9 a.m. practice should he pass.

The Ravens’ one-year agreement with veteran offensive tackle Jake Long is on hold as some concern arose about his right knee during his physical. The 31-year-old sustained separate anterior cruciate ligament tears to the same knee in 2013 and 2014 and appeared in only four games for the Atlanta Falcons last season.

Long is visiting Dr. James Andrews for an examination, but optimism still remains that a deal that makes sense for both sides can be finalized.

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Ravens add veteran depth with offensive tackle Jake Long

Posted on 26 July 2016 by Luke Jones

Seeking veteran depth for their offensive line, the Ravens are adding offensive tackle and former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long to the mix.

According to ESPN, the sides agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday that is pending a physical. Long, 31, will need to prove he is healthy as injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in 2013 and 2014 have derailed the four-time Pro Bowl selection’s NFL career.

Long hasn’t started a game since suffering the second injury to his right knee on Oct. 26, 2014 and appeared in just four contests for the Atlanta Falcons last season. The University of Michigan product told ESPN last month that he was ready to help a team and feels healthier than he has in several years.

The 6-foot-7, 322-pound lineman confirmed the news of his agreement with the Ravens via Twitter.

With the Ravens selecting left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth overall pick in April’s draft and cutting oft-injured veteran Eugene Monroe last month, Long figures to have a chance to compete for a roster spot and to serve as a more established backup tackle. Last November, it was reserve left tackle James Hurst who was driven back into franchise quarterback Joe Flacco’s left knee, causing a season-ending ACL injury.

Since the Ravens already had an open spot on their 90-man training camp roster, they do not need to make a corresponding move upon officially signing Long.

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