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 free safety Ed Reed won his appeal Tuesday and will be allowed to play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, though he was still slapped with a $50,000 fine. ... Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is drawing from past experiences as he tries to work his way back from another major knee injury. ... With Thanksgiving approaching, many Ravens players hit the Baltimore community and did some good things Tuesday.
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RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Ed Reed plays hard, but he has never been a headhunter. ... The NFL wisely pulled up on Reed. ... The Ravens are off to their best start under head coach John Harbaugh. ... It doesn't sound like Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley is happy with Ray Rice and the Ravens for touching his Terrible Towels.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Rookie defensive end Kendall Reyes is starting to make an impact for the Chargers. ... Wide receiver Danario Alexander is looking like a real steal. ... The Chargers are banged-up before Sunday's game. ... The Chargers have a new long snapper.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
In this week's "Tale of the Tape," I looked at Byron Leftwich's slow-motion scramble in Sunday's 13-10 win over the Steelers.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The Steelers made it official with Plaxico Burress, signing him to a one-year deal. ... New York Jets coach Rex Ryan gushed about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. ... ESPN's Ron Jaworski thinks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will be a good player. ... Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley wishes he had more chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. ... Carson Palmer will be back in town Sunday with the Oakland Raiders, but the Cincinnati Bengals say they aren't thinking about it.