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Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:20 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2010 12:57 pm
 

Ravens' Webb activated off PUP

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Ravens got some good news today for a secondary corps in desperate need of some help.

CB Lardarius Webb, eight months after tearing the ACL in his right knee, passed his conditioning test this morning and the Ravens activated him off the Physically Unable to Perform list.

According to the Baltimore Sun , Webb made significant progress during the last week, when the Ravens increased his workouts to twice a day and “looked strong and fast while cutting, leaping and sprinting.”

He’ll join Fabian Washington, also coming off a season-ending injury, in the secondary. Since Baltimore is without Domonique Foxworth, who tore his ACL last month, Chris Carr also will get significant playing time while Webb is eased back into the lineup.

Still, the secondary won’t truly recover unless FS Ed Reed can return from his hip injury. Without him, the secondary most likely will continue to struggle unless the Ravens can somehow find another standout playmaker.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 11:35 am
Edited on: August 19, 2010 11:42 am
 

Ravens trading Willis McGahee?

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Baltimore Sun writes:

The Ravens have received some phone calls from teams interested in possibly trading for Ravens backup running back Willis McGahee.

Before the Ravens make the move, they might consider who will be their running back on goal line and short yardage situations, and do they have a backup to Ray Rice who can also be a homerun hitter and score from anywhere on the field?

For short-yardage situations, the answer is Le’Ron McClain. The Pro Bowl fullback rushed for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns as a featured ballcarrier in 2008. Regarding the homerun threat…that’s almost a moot point, as McGahee isn’t a true homerun hitter to begin with.

McGahee is a viable contributor to the Ravens backfield, but he could be expendable for the right price. It might help that McClain made it known during the offseason that he’d be eager to carry the ball more in 2010.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 2:51 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Bulger denies 'defeated' talk from ESPN analysts

Posted by Will Brinson

When the Ravens and the Panthers met during a Thursday night preseason game on ESPN, the announcing crew of Jon Gruden, Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski intimated that Marc Bulger didn't really seem thrilled about his life as an NFL quarterback.

Okay, "intimated" might not be a strong enough word -- they referred to him as "defeated" (Tirico) and a guy who lacked "the passion, the enthusiasm you have to play at this level" (Jaworski). Pretty strong words, even for a guy who got the tar beat out of him his final years in St. Louis.

Over the weekend, Bulger refuted those comments , or at least what they portrayed about his attitude towards football now that he's with the Ravens.

"If that's the way (they interpreted it), that's really not the way I was intending," Bulger said. "They asked me a lot about my time with the Rams, and the last three years were difficult. So I was just being honest with them, and I just said that it's not a lot of fun winning five games in three years, and it's not fun going to work, and football wasn't fun.

"But it had nothing to do with passion. I asked for my release this year to go and win somewhere, and they asked me if this was a stepping stone to go somewhere else. I just said, 'I don't know what I'm going to do after this year.' I'm just being honest."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh came to Bulger's defense too:

"I see nothing but an energetic, competitive guy who loves football," Harbaugh said. "This guy has come out here every single day, and he's gotten after it. ... He's done a great job."

There's no debating that Bulger's last few years with the Rams were "difficult" -- the team went 5-30 while he was starting, which isn't even good to register a reading on the mediocre scale.

But as Gregg Rosenthal mentioned when originally posting the quotes at PFT, it's not like Bulger has done anything with his play on the field to absolutely warrant a refutation of those remarks.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 5:34 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Ravens won't sign Kindle until he's healthy

Posted by Andy Benoit

Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Ravens will not sign second-round rookie Sergio Kindle until he is cleared to play. Kindle is recovering from a fractured skull he suffered in a fall at home. PFT writes:

Kindle has yet to sign a rookie deal, however.  Per a league source, the Ravens don't plan to sign Kindle until he is cleared to play football again.  The problem, from Kindle's perspective, is that he may never be cleared to play football again.

And if it happens, it apparently won't happen in 2010.  Rich Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News reportedly has said that the Ravens do not expect Kindle to play at all in 2010.

Some of you have asked whether Kindle had insurance to protect him against a career-ending injury.  We're told that, indeed, he does.

ESPN said during the Ravens telecast Thursday night that Raven players and coaches have been in touch with Kindle and that his outlook for 2010 is looking good. Of course, ESPN likely got that information from the Ravens themselves. What else would you expect the team to say?

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:22 am
 

Tyler Brayton's ankle just sprained, not broken

Posted by Will Brinson

There wasn't a ton of good news for the Carolina Panthers in their first preseason game -- a 17-12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Matt Moore didn't look great, Jimmy Clausen looked promising but not ready, Armanti Edwards can't catch the ball and so forth and so on. (Note: not all of this is devastating, but it's not great).

One thing that did stand out though, was a surprising pass rush that generated six sacks against the Ravens. Considering that defensive line is at the top of weaknesses for the Panthers, that's good news.

Things almost got really worse though, when Tyler Brayton, with two sacks in the first quarter, went to the ground clutching his ankle following that second sack.

Fortunately, though, Brayton, according to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette , only sprained the ankle -- as opposed to a break that would have been devastating to the Panthers' pass rush.

Oddly, Brayton's injury was the only one worth noting from a really sloppy (weather-wise) preseason game.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: August 10, 2010 10:09 am
 

Hot Routes 8.10.2010

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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--The Steelers don’t have much depth at outside linebacker. Which is why they drafted Jason Worilds in the second round and Thaddeus Gibson in the fourth round. Still, through a combination of problems , Pittsburgh isn’t getting much production from those two.

--Ravens safety Dawan Landry has been flat-out hurting people in training camp. He busted Willis McGahee’s lip and he smashed Derrick Mason so hard that Mason sprained his ankle. Without crazy-man FS Ed Reed in the lineup for the time being, Landry is exactly what Baltimore needs in its shredded defensive back corps. 

--The Dolphins released a preseason depth chart, and there a couple of interesting decisions on there. For one, Joe Berger is ahead of Jake Grove for starting center. Brian Hartline is listed as a starting WR. Chad Pennington is fourth-string QB behind Tyler Thigpen and Pat White. ESPN.com cautions none of this means much of anything yet.

--Jets coach Rex Ryan admits he made a mistake last year placing Vernon Gholston at outside linebacker. Gholston has been an absolute bust since New York took him in the first round of the 2008 draft – come to think of it, maybe we should wait at least one more year before giving him the big ol’ bust label, though Gholston has been pretty bad – but Ryan says he’s really excited about Gholston’s prospects this season. 

--Dolphins CEO Mike Dee wrote a letter to Miami’s fans and posted it on the team’s web site , apologizing for canceling Monday’s practice at Sun Life Stadium. Take it easy, Mike. I don’t think fans will blame you for the weather. Still, a class move from Dee.

--What will it be like when the Patriots and Saints hold a joint practice today? The Boston Herald has the FAQ and the answers . There won’t be a scrimmage, but the two teams will work together in individual drills and some down-and-distance situations. 

--The Browns players have 17 active Twitter accounts, but after Brandon McDonald’s crude Tweets in the past, the Cleveland organization will be paying a watchful eye at how the rest of the Browns participate in the social media world. Mangini, though, admits that he doesn’t expect his players to stop using Twitter

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 11:32 am
 

Career crossroads for Jared Gaither?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jared Gaither might be the most physically-gifted offensive tackle in football. He’s a chiseled 6’9”, 311 pounds. He J. Gaither (US Presswire)has long arms and natural body control. He’s one of the few players in the game strong enough to consistently win one-on-one matchups simply by getting his hands on an opponent.

But entering his fourth season, Gaither’s career could be at an early crossroads. His attitude and work ethic are question marks. And now, so is his durability. Gaither battled foot problems this past offseason. Saturday, he visited a specialist about his back pain.

“He’s getting these back spasms in his upper and middle back, so he saw a back specialist, Dr. [John] Carbone, this morning,” said head coach John Harbaugh, according to the team’s website. “I have not heard the report on that yet, other than to hear it’s not serious, it doesn’t look like. It’s just something he’s got to fight through.”

It’s Harbaugh’s job to paint a rosy picture. And, perhaps Gaither’s back isn’t a serious issue. But this story – with work ethic questions, attitude concerns and back pain – sounds an awful lot like the Shawn Andrews story. (Remember the scintillating young Eagles Pro Bowl tackle?)

The Ravens tried to trade Gaither in spring, but no team offered as much as a second-round draft choice. Coaches are said to be high on Oniel Cousins, a raw but developing third-year tackle. If Gaither slips out of the lineup, he could find it difficult to work back in. These next six weeks are critical for the 24-year-old.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 7, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Another Ravens DB bites the dust

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

How much further will injuries deplete the Ravens defense? How much longer until they can’t field 11 players on the field?

We kid, of course, but for the Baltimore defense – particularly its secondary – it’s no laughing matter. The Ravens simply continue to lose players to injury.

According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post , DB Chris Carr injured his hamstring at today’s practice and left the field with a trainer, becoming yet another Baltimore player to seek medical treatment.

That left Cary Williams – who’s suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy – and Travis Fisher, who’s playing for his fourth team in the past five seasons, as the first team corners.

So far, Baltimore’s defense is missing FS Ed Reed (coming off hip surgery), CB Domonique Foxworth (out for the year with a torn ACL), and LB Sergio Kindle (fractured skull). Remember also that CBs Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb are coming off season-ending knee injuries from last year.

In the past week, the Ravens signed CB Chris Hawkins and traded QB John Beck for CD Doug Dutch. Those CBs left on the free agent market include former Raven Frank Walker and Fred Smoot.

The severity of Carr’s injury is not yet known.

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