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
There is a chance that linebacker Terrell Suggs could play Sunday, though there is little reason for the Ravens to rush him back. … Mike Preston says the Ravens defense stinks right now. … Offensive lineman Ramon Harewood is disappointed by his demotion. … Three defensive starters, including Haloti Ngata, returned to practice on Thursday. … Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has a lot of admiration for Ray Rice. … The Ravens would benefit if Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph misses Sunday’s game.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Is Ray Lewis the best defensive player of all time? … Jamison Hensley thinks it’s unlikely that Lewis will return this season. … Who will take over his leadership role? … The Ravens will have their hands full with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. … Is an obsession with big hits leading to missed tackles?
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Texans won’t get a better chance than Sunday’s game to beat the Ravens. … The Texans secondary has been surprisingly vulnerable in recent weeks. … Without Brian Cushing, the Texans may have trouble slowing down Ray Rice. … The Green Bay Packers played great last week, but the Texans didn’t handle their own business. … Texans free safety Danieal Manning was fined for punching a Packers player last week.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
In their five draft classes from 2007 to 2011, the Ravens used 14 of 38 picks on defensive players. Only two of those defenders are currently starting and six are no longer with the team.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Frank Gore and the San Francisco 49ers generated enough offense Thursday night to beat the Seattle Seahawks, 13-6. … The New York Jets might play Tim Tebow at running back this week. … Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left practice with an ankle injury. … A coroner ruled that Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, died of a heroin overdose. … The NFL was apparently OK with Reggie White paying teammates for big hits back in 1996.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun