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Coffee Companion (11/1): your daily Ravens fix

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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 linebacker Terrell Suggs is feeling good and ready for more responsibility. … After being fined for not listing players on the injury report, the Ravens put a season-high 15 players on Wednesday’s injury report. … Speaking of the fine, safety Ed Reed doesn’t understand the NFL’s rationale. … Defensive end Pernell McPhee is disappointed in his play. … Running back Ray Rice admires Cleveland Browns back Trent Richardson.

RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US

The Ravens could become more of a “run-heavy” team in the season’s second half. … Quarterback Joe Flacco said it would be foolish to scrap the team’s no-huddle offense. … Backup running back Bernard Piece is ready to break out. … Suggs isn’t really concerned about expectations after his return from a torn Achilles.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor is ready to make his season debut Sunday against the Ravens. … Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will get a second shot at the Ravens. … How does Weeden stack up against other rookie quarterbacks such as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III? … Browns coach Pat Shurmur isn’t going to take the reeling Ravens defense lightly.

SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY

Here is this week’s edition of “Five Ravens stats that stand out,” including stats showing how well the offensive line is run blocking, how the defense has come up small in short-yardage situations, and how the offense is scoring more touchdowns in the red zone.

OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE

The New England Patriots cut cornerback Sterling Moore, who batted the ball out of the hands of former Ravens wideout Lee Evans in the AFC championship game. … Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones is keeping himself focused during this career season. … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to figure out how to replace Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks, who is out for the season. … Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith is being harassed by his family for money and had to call 911 on Tuesday.

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