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Ravens corner Lardarius Webb fined $16,537 for horse-collar tackle against Saints

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was fined $16,537 by the NFL for his horse-collar tackle on New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan, according to a league spokesman.

Webb tackled Morgan following a 67-yard end-around during the first quarter of the Ravens' 34-27 win Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith and Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro weren't fined for their altercation where Vaccaro was penalized for a personal foul and Smith drove him back into the Ravens' bench area, according to the NFL.

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata wasn't fined for his roughing the passer penalty for his late hit on quarterback Drew Brees.

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Asa Jackson hopeful he'll return next week

Ever since he went on injured reserve with a designation to return on Oct.8 because of a toe injury, Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has had one date in mind: Dec.7. That’s the day that the Ravens play the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium and Jackson is first eligible to return to game action.

“It gives you a date in mind, something to work toward,” Jackson said Friday. “That’s what I’ve been doing.”

Jackson, 24, took part finished his first full week of practice and he remains optimistic that he’ll be able to return for the Dolphins game.

“I’m hoping so,” he said. “I’m just going to keep working and see what the coaches tell me and see what the trainers tell me and do whatever I can do in order to put myself in position to play starting next week. It’s just going off what they tell me. That’s all I can do.”

Jackson started four of the first five games for the Ravens, registering 18 tackles with one pass defended. He got hurt on Oct.5 against the Indianapolis Colts and since he’s been...

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Former Ravens teammates say controversial running back Ray Rice deserves second chance in NFL

Now that Ray Rice has been officially reinstated with a former federal judge halting his indefinite suspension, according to a source, the controversial former Ravens running back is searching for new NFL employment.

That's expected to be a thorny issue for Rice considering the public-relations firestorm that's sure to follow him to any NFL city as part of the fallout from his high-profile domestic-violence incident.

Despite the baggage that accompanies Rice since a graphic video surfaced on TMZ of him knocking out Janay Palmer in a casino elevator, former Ravens teammates expressed support for the three-time Pro Bowl runner and said he's deserving of a second chance in the NFL.

"Yeah, I would love to see Ray play again," said fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who has remained in touch with Rice via text messages since the team terminated Rice's $35 million contract in September. "I wish the best for him. He knows he did wrong. He feels bad about that. You've got to move on to the next challenge...

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No absentees at Ravens' post-Thanksgiving practice

The Ravens returned after a brief Thanksgiving respite with perfect attendance at practice Friday, the final workout before Sunday's visit from the San Diego Chargers.

Earlier this week, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (shoulder), outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (foot), wide receiver Michael Campanaro (hamstring), and guard/tackle Jah Reid (hand) appeared on the injury report in some capacity.

Campanaro, who has missed over a month with a hamstring injury, and McPhee, who was hurt Monday against New Orleans, were limited participants Wednesday and Thursday.

Suggs missed practice Wednesday before returning yesterday, and Reid has been a full participant all week, his first practice action since breaking his hand before the Tennessee Titans game.

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Ravens punter Sam Koch ranks first in Pro Bowl fan voting

Ravens punter Sam Koch's strong season is getting recognition, as he ranks first in the Pro Bowl fan voting.

Koch is averaging 46.9 yards per punt and has a 43.1 net average with 21 punts downed inside opponents' 20-yard line. He had a 73-yard punt against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night, the second-longest of his career.

"That's awesome," Ravens special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said of Koch's Pro Bowl candidacy. "I think he deserves every vote he gets. He's been a longtime performer for this club with a lot of success as a teammate. It's richly deserved. The other part of the voting is from his peers, and I know he has the respect of his peers."

Koch was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010.

The fan voting counts for a third of the Pro Bowl voting with coaches and players' votes accounting for the rest.

"I don't really pay attention to it," Koch said. "It's great and all. It's one of those things just trying to look forward to just working each and every day. Hopefully at the...

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Ravens special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg plays role of bouncer during Steve Smith-Kenny Vaccaro brawl

When wide receiver Steve Smith drove New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro back into the Ravens' bench area in a wild altercation Monday night, the incident brought Ravens special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg back to his days as a bouncer during his younger days.

The imposing, 59-year-old former North Dakota State All-American linebacker helped restore order as he quickly found himself in the middle of the scrum.

"Well, I was a bouncer back in 1976," Rosburg said. "That's probably the last time I got paid for being a bouncer. I've been in a few hockey fights, but probably not since then.

"I was saying the right things. I was trying to keep the peace as best I could. It came to me. I didn't go seek it. It landed on my lap. At first, I defended myself and then I tried to help others."

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