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
Ravens safety Ed Reed said Wednesday night that he has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder. … The Ravens put linebacker Ray Lewis on injured reserve, but there is a slim chance he will return this season. … Linebacker Terrell Suggs practiced for the first time this season. … Kevin Cowherd says the Ravens can’t dwell on their injuries. … With Lardarius Webb out for the season, the next man up is Jimmy Smith, and the Ravens need him to play well. … Wide receiver and return specialist is ready to face his former team, the Houston Texans, Sunday. …. Safety Bernard Pollard said the defense has to “take a stand” and start tackling.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Jamison Hensley says that if Ed Reed is hurt, he should take a seat. … Suggs will give the Ravens a boost, but he is no Lewis. … Here is a little bit of video of Suggs practicing. … Anquan Boldin is once again Joe Flacco’s favorite target in the passing game. … The Ravens are looking to take control of the wide-open AFC.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Texans should beat the Ravens and later be at 7-1 before their next Sunday night game. … The Texans are a good team, but they may not be built to come from behind. … Arian Foster and Ray Rice pride themselves on being every-down backs. … Texans corner Johnathan Joseph did not practice Wednesday.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
In this week’s “Five Ravens stats that stand out” post, I tackled the play of Jimmy Smith, the dominance of J.J. Watt, and the Ravens’ struggles to score points early in road games since 2011.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is not happy about recent criticism directed as his play. … San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is also unhappy about recent criticism. … Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said his team can still compete for the Super Bowl this year. … Kansas City G.M. Scott Pioli admitted that he has made some mistakes. … V.P. candidate Paul Ryan didn’t know the difference between Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy on Wednesday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun