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Coffee Companion (10/17): your daily Ravens fix

Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he’ll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.

RUNNING IT BACK

Linebacker Terrell Suggs will be activated from the physically unable to perform list and could practice this week. … The Ravens officially placed cornerback Lardarius Webb on injured reserve and added running back Bobby Rainey to their active roster. … Based on their semi-official depth chart, Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe will be the inside linebackers with Ray Lewis out. … The Ravens have been without Lewis before.

RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US

It’s gut check time for the Ravens defense. … The Ravens will rely on their offense more with Webb and Lewis out. … The Ravens must improve their tackling. … Adaptability serves the Ravens well. … Television networks are interested in adding Lewis to their broadcast teams.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

Five reasons why the Houston Texans shouldn’t panic after the loss to the Green Bay Packers. … It’s up to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to correct mistakes with his defense. … Many of Houston’s defensive rankings took a hit thanks to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. … The Texans added defensive end David Hunter to their active roster. … The Texans have a 50/50 shot at getting a Super Bowl in 2017.

SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY

I wrote about why the loss of cornerback Lardarius Webb will sting more than the loss of future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, as Webb has become a premier player at a premium position.

OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE

The Cleveland Browns had their new owner approved, and Mike Holmgren will be out as team president. … Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid fired his embattled defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, on Tuesday. … Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is out for Sunday’s game. … Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who injured his foot in the Ravens’ win on Sunday, will miss at least the next game.

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