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Ravens defensive end Chris Canty misses second straight practice with ankle injury

Ravens defensive end Chris Canty missed a second straight day of practice Thursday while nursing an ankle injury, though the veteran lineman downplayed the injury Wednesday and said he expects to play Sunday.

Canty, who missed four games with a wrist injury and infection in October, has four tackles in each of the past two games. He has been one of the Ravens’ most active run stoppers since defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was suspended four games for using Adderall.

Tight end Owen Daniels and inside linebacker Daryl Smith, both of whom have been on a maintenance plan that includes taking Thursdays off, were also absent Thursday.

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who missed practice Wednesday because of illness, returned to practice Thursday, and safety Will Hill and guard Kelechi Osemele, who missed because of non-injury reasons, also returned.

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Ravens make change in long snappers, sign Patrick Scales

When the Ravens play the Houston Texans on Sunday, they'll be using their third different long snapper of the season.

The team signed Patrick Scales on Thursday and placed Kevin McDermott (elbow) on injured reserve. McDermott had originally beaten out Scales when the Ravens had a tryout to replace veteran long snapper Morgan Cox, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Oct.19 against the Atlanta Falcons.

McDermott snapped in seven games for the Ravens and was mostly solid. However, a high snap last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars contributed to Justin Tucker missing a 54-yard field goal.

The Ravens are plenty familiar with Scales. He was with them during the 2011 and 2012 training camps, and coach John Harbaugh said that he performed well during the tryout with the team in October.

"Patrick is a guy that was with us in training camp twice who we have a lot of respect for, as well,” Harbaugh said after McDermott was signed. “Both of those guys had excellent workouts and we feel...

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Ravens running back Justin Forsett not an 'angry dude,' has fond memories of Texans tenure

Justin Forsett has played for five NFL teams in seven seasons, making it difficult for the Ravens running back to hold grudges against any particular team.

Forsett counts his year with the Houston Texans as an enjoyable one heading into Sunday's game at NRG Stadium. One week ago, Forsett described being cut after last season by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a dark time in his life. The Ravens defeated the Jaguars, 20-12.

"It's not as emotional," Forsett said. "If I had to respond to every team that cut me, I would lose my mind. I would be an angry dude. I had some great relationships with the Texans. It will be good to go back and see those guys. ...

"As far as revenge, for me personally, I've been on so many teams, I would be crazy thinking about getting revenge on everybody. So, that's out of the question for me."

Two seasons ago for the Texans, Forsett rushed for 374 yards and one touchdown. Off the field, Forsett had some important milestones.

"My firstborn was born there in...

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Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk concentrating on ball security after lost fumble

Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk was visibly angry at himself Sunday when he didn't tuck the football in following a catch and paid the price with his second lost fumble of the season.

The turnover led to a 53-yard field goal for Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee during the second quarter of the Ravens' 20-12 win.

The former Harvard standout is known for his sound hands and had never fumbled at any level of football until earlier this season when he lost control of the ball against the New Orleans Saints.

Against the Jaguars, the fumble ruling was upheld following the Ravens' unsuccessful instant replay challenge.

"You've got to have better ball security and know the down and distance and where you're at on the field," Juszczyk said. "It's more annoying than anything. Hopefully, that's the last one."

Juszczyk has drawn high marks for his work as a lead blocker for Justin Forsett, who has rushed for 1,128 yards and eight touchdowns.

Juszczyk has also caught 19 passes for 182 yards...

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Chris Canty, Jacoby Jones sidelined at practice, Torrey Smith not on injury report

Ravens defensive end Chris Canty didn't practice Wednesday because of a lingering ankle injury, but he downplayed the severity and is expected to start Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Kick returner Jacoby Jones didn't practice because of an illness, while free safety Will Hill and left guard Kelechi Osemele didn't practice for noninjury reasons, which is usually the equivalent of a day off from practice.

Backup cornerback Anthony Levine (ankle) and running back Bernard Pierce (back) were limited in practice.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith wasn't listed on the injury report after dealing with a sprained right knee for the past few weeks. Smith played 51 snaps and caught two passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars with one drop on three targets.

For the Texans, linebacker Brian Cushing (ankle), tight end Garrett Graham (ankle), running back Arian Foster (hip), wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle), linebacker Mike Mohamed (concussion), quarterback Tom Savage...

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Texans won't reveal starting QB vs. Ravens before Sunday, Bill O'Brien says

Since the Houston Texans have no intentions of revealing the identity of their starting quarterback until kickoff Sunday, the Ravens’ preparations includes game-planning for both Case Keenum and Thaddeus Lewis.

“We're not going to publicly name who’s starting,” Texans coach Bill O'Brien said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters Wednesday. “We'll just let everybody see that when the game starts.”

Keenum went 0-8 as a starter for the Texans last season, passing for 1,760 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions with six fumbles, losing two. A pocket passer, Keenum was signed off of the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad this week.

Lewis is a mobile former Buffalo Bills quarterback who passed for 1,092 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions last season. He rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown, but also fumbled seven times and lost three of them.

“You’re a little busy this week, we have to prepare for two quarterbacks,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “We don’t...

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