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Back with reserves, John Urschel and James Hurst aiming for consistency

Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo keeps his reserve and practice squad linemen on the field for extra work of their choosing after every Ravens practice.

With multiple NFL starts now under their belts, undrafted rookie left tackle James Hurst and rookie guard John Urschel have returned to those post-practice sessions with a much better idea of what they need to work on than they had entering the season.

“Each individual guy is a little bit different, but after having the game reps, it’s easier for me to know what I need to work on, what I need to do better when I actually get to play,” said Hurst, who started four games in place of injured starter Eugene Monroe. “For me, it’s a lot of [working with my] hands and consistency with the punch — carrying your hands in the right place. I’ve shown I can do it, but I’ve got to do it every time. That just takes reps.”

The pair, who came into the organization together in May, were chosen over experienced players in Gino Gradkowksi and...

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Ravens tight end Owen Daniels characterized as a game-time decision

Ravens coach John Harbaugh characterized tight end Owen Daniels as a game-time decision for Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

Daniels is one week removed from undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. He practiced Wednesday on a limited basis and also practiced Friday after being held out Thursday. Daniels moved well during the portion of practice open to reporters. Daniels said this week that the knee felt good, considering that he just had surgery the previous week.

Daniels is listed as questionable on the injury report after participating fully Friday.

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs also returned to practice Friday from a neck injury that sidelined him Wednesday and Thursday. Suggs is probable.

"Owen practiced," Harbaugh said. "Terrell practiced. That's good to see. It will probably be game-time with Owen realistically coming off knee surgery. [Suggs] looks fine."

Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda practiced Friday despite a left knee injury....

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Terrell Suggs, Owen Daniels return to practice Friday for Ravens

Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and tight end Owen Daniels returned to practice Friday.

Suggs was sidelined Wednesday and Thursday but was never considered to be in doubt for Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

Daniels was moving well at practice Friday one week removed from arthroscopic knee surgery. Daniels practiced on a limited basis Wedneday and then didn't practice Thursday.

Starting cornerback Jimmy Smith will miss Sunday's game and possibly several more due to the severity of a sprained left foot he suffered last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The earliest likely return date for Smith is Nov. 24, after the Ravens' bye week, according to sources. 

Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) has a pulled hamstring and won't play against the Steelers.

Defensive end Chris Canty (wrist surgery) is practicing for the third consecutive day and is expected to play Sunday.

Offensive guard Marshal Yanda (left knee), running back...

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After passing on Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, Steelers will face him Sunday

When the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock and prepared to make the 15th overall selection in May's NFL draft, they had their choice of arguably the top two inside linebacker prospects. They chose Ohio State's Ryan Shazier over Alabama's C.J. Mosley. Two picks later, the Ravens took Mosley.

In a conference call with Baltimore reporters Wednesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin explained the decision, indicating that the organization had a greater familiarity with Shazier.

“It was just more about what we knew about him [that] we had a level of comfort with,” Tomlin said of the former Ohio State standout. “We had a close, personal relationship with his program, with their defensive coaches, specifically. They spent a lot of time over here during the offseason and had for a number of years, particularly the years that he was there. … So it was more about that relationship and knowing the system in which he played and the parallels to ours.”

Shazier has played in four of the Steelers'...

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Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak concerned about Ravens' recent turnover trend

Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has seen it happen before. Dwell on an issue too much, and it gets only worse. But he also knows you can’t ignore a troubling trend, either.

After watching the Ravens turn the ball over five times the past two weeks, four of them interceptions by quarterback Joe Flacco, Kubiak said taking better care of the ball has been a “big point of emphasis” as the Ravens get ready for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I told [head coach John Harbaugh] this the other day: Sometimes you talk about them so much and they don't go away. Sometimes you have to maybe just not say anything,” Kubiak said.

“We’ve been pretty good at protecting the ball. I think as a team, we have 12, and as an offense, we have 10 of those 12. But five of those turnovers have come in the last two weeks. That’s not good. We’ve got too good of a football team. If we’re protecting the ball, I think we’re going to play really well. It’s something that [quarterbacks...

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Ravens special teams no longer among league's most penalized groups

Special teams coordinator and associate head coach Jerry Rosburg credited his unit with cutting back on penalties through the first half of the year after two straight seasons in which Ravens special teams were among the most penalized in the NFL.

“I’ve been pleased with our special teams this year at not taking fouls,” Rosburg said. “It’s been an issue with our club before, and we’ve coached it so hard and worked so hard on it. I’m gratified that we’re not amongst the leaders in penalties, where in the past we’ve struggled with that. I think our guys are making really good decisions.”

In 2013, the Ravens took 25 special teams penalties for 210 yards, both second most in the league. In 2012, when the Ravens were the league’s most penalized team overall, their special teams were flagged 23 times for 215 yards, both third most in the NFL.

Through eight games, Ravens special teams have eight penalties, 14th fewest in the NFL. Overall, the team has been penalized 45 times, tied for seventh...

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