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Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil tied for second in the NFL in sacks

Utilizing a powerful bull rush, a crisp spin move and  speed off the edge, Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is tied for second in the NFL with seven sacks.

Dumervil is tied with the Buffalo Bills’ Marcell Dareus, the Minnesota Vikings’ Everson Griffen, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Justin Houston, the Denver Broncos’ DeMarcus Ware and the Chicago Bears’ Willie Young.

Nearly midway through the regular season heading into Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium, Dumervil is competing for his second career NFL sack title. He led the NFL with a career-high 17 sacks in 2009 while playing for the Broncos. He’s currently on pace to finish the season with 16 sacks.

The Ravens recorded zero sacks and quarterback hits during the first meeting with the Bengals, a 23-16 defeat to open the season at M

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Steve Smith, Jimmy Smith fined $8,268 apiece by NFL

Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith and cornerback Jimmy Smith were fined $8,268 apiece by the NFL for rule infractions against the Atlanta Falcons.

Steve Smith was fined for grabbing a Falcons player by the helmet opening and throwing him to the ground. The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver was called for unnecessary roughness.

Jimmy Smith was fined for a facemask penalty in the fourth quarter. He was given a 15-yard penalty on his tackle of Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester.

Meanwhile, Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco wasn't fined for his illegal block below the waist penalty in the fourth quarter. Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on the play.

Cox is having surgery to repair the damage and is out for the season. He was placed on injured reserve Monday and the Ravens signed long snapper Kevin McDermott as his replacement.

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Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green doubtful for Sunday with turf toe

Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium.

Green didn't practice all week and was declared doubtful on Friday's injury report, meaning he has about a 25-percent chance of playing.

With Green unlikely to go, Mohamed Sanu would be the Bengals' top wide receiver available to play.

"Whoever comes out there, we're still going to be playing," Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith said. "Sanu's very talented. We'll be ready."

The Ravens officially ruled out tight end Owen Daniels (arthroscopic knee surgery) and defensive end Chris Canty (wrist surgery).

Left offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (arthroscopic knee surgery) and left guard Kelechi Osemele (bruised, hyperextended right knee) are probable for the Ravens.

Monroe missed the past four games. Osemele missed the past two games.

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Owen Daniels had arthroscopic surgery on knee and will miss Sunday's game

The Ravens will be shorthanded at tight end for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals as veteran tight end Owen Daniels underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after his injury didn’t improve this week.

Daniels was officially ruled out on the injury report.

Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore will start in place of the two-time Pro Bowl selection.

“As the week went on,  his knee was not really progressing the way we wanted it to,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Daniels. “We went ahead and did a cleanup procedure and he’ll be out for this game. After that, he actually has a chance to come back.

“It will kind of be week to week after that, and it won’t be many weeks at all. It could actually be next week. That’d be an optimistic approach, but it could happen.”

Daniels wasn't limping in the locker room Thursday, the same day offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak downplayed his injury.

“Owen is fine,” Kubiak said. “John [Harbaugh] has a plan for these veteran guys. I know he...

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Ravens are $5.545 million under NFL salary-cap limit

The Ravens are $5.545 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.

New long snapper Kevin McDermott's veteran minimum contract counts for $291,177 against the salary cap for the remainder of the season.

The Ravens created a net savings of $3.529 million in salary and cap space for this fiscal year when they terminated running back Ray Rice's $35 million contract, also taking on $4.755 million in dead money. Should Rice win his grievance against the Ravens for wrongful termination, he would be owed that money and it would count against the Ravens' books for this year.

Regardless of the decision, in 2015 Rice will count against the Ravens' salary cap for a hefty $9.5 million in dead money. Dead money is the pro-rated portion of the money already paid to Rice that still counts against the Ravens' salary cap even though he's no longer on the roster.

The Ravens can carry over the salary-cap space they don't use this season for next year.

Under his contract signed in July 2012,...

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Ravens running back Bernard Pierce says he's not frustrated by inconsistent workload

This season hasn’t gone exactly as Ravens running back Bernard Pierce had planned.

There was the first-half fumble in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals that resulted in his spending the rest of the game on the bench. There was a quadriceps injury that kept him sidelined for two weeks, the first time in his young NFL career he had to miss a game.

And now that Pierce is getting closer to 100 percent, he is getting an inconsistent workload as the backup to Justin Forsett, currently fourth in the NFL with 503 rushing yards.

“It’s not frustrating,” said Pierce, who has rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 55 carries. “I went down, missed two weeks, and the two weeks that I was absent, [Forsett] had two great performances. He keeps coming in and performing, week in and week out. You can’t take it from him. When my number is called, I just go out there and go.”

Pierce had his best and busiest game in Week 2, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, rushing 22 times for 96 yards....

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