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Kicker Justin Tucker adjusting to Patrick Scales, Ravens' third long snapper this season

Ravens Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker will be adjusting to the third long snapper of the season Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Because of an elbow injury to long snapper Kevin McDermott, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday, the Ravens signed Patrick Scales. In October, regular long snapper Morgan Cox was placed on injured reserve when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

Tucker does have a background with Scales, who was in training camp with the Ravens in 2012 during Tucker's rookie season.

"Pat is a guy we're familiar with," Tucker said. "We've worked with him before, so we know a lot about him and the way he snaps. He really fires the ball; I love that about him.

"You can tell he snaps with no fear. That's something I appreciate, that [punter Sam Koch] appreciates. We're looking forward to getting him his first win in his first NFL game this week."

Scales has played for four NFL teams but hasn't snapper in a regular-season game.

Scales worked out for the Ravens in...

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Ravens take in 'When the Game Stands Tall' football movie at team headquarters

The Ravens' players took in a movie Friday afternoon at their training complex, watching the high school football movie "When the Game Stands Tall."

The Ravens had an earlier practice Friday morning before watching the movie, which is about the record-setting De La Salle football team from Concord, Calif., which had a record-setting 151-game winning streak from 1992 to 2003.

The movie, which stars Jim Caviezel as coach Bob Ladouceur, was adapted from a 2003 book. It deals with the adversity the team faced, including the tragic shooting death of player Terrance Kelly, Ladoucer dealing with health issues and how the team reacts to its winning streak ending.

Among the many NFL players who've attended De La Salle: Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew, Chicago Bears linebacker D.J. Williams, former Ravens wide receiver Demetrius Williams, Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward and former New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer.

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Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro reflects on a season cut short

Seated at his locker with his sprained foot in a walking boot, Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro reflected on a season cut short.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the fourth-round NFL draft pick from Coastal Carolina was placed on injured reserve.

Although Taliaferro rushed for 292 yards and four touchdowns with eight receptions and 114 yards in 13 games, including 91 rushing yards on 18 carries against the Cleveland Browns, he's far from satisifed with his first NFL season.

"All the things I accomplished, it's good and all, but I don't think it's enough to feel settled," Taliaferro said. "As it is now, it's an earlier offseason for me to get ready and try to get prepared for next year.

"You can't settle on anything. You got to to keep on improving. Now that I have one year under my belt and know what it takes to be a pro, I've got to hone in and get better at all the other things."

Taliaferro wasn't involved much in the offense after losing a fumble against...

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Chris Canty listed as questionable with ankle injury

Ravens veteran defensive end Chris Canty is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

Canty downplayed the severity of the injury this week. Barring a setback, he is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans despite not practicing this week.

Canty has upgraded his play in recent weeks, making 13 tackles during the past three games.

Canty hasn't gotten to the quarterback as much as he'd hoped for this season with a just half-sack against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 2.

The Ravens have 45 sacks for the season, led by outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil's 17 sacks.

"That's our philosophy, everybody eats," Canty said. "When your turn happens, it comes. We understand that sacks come in bunches. For a while there, we went through a little lull. The last couple of weeks we've done pretty good. We'll keep chopping wood.

"We'll earn the opportunity to rush the passer by stopping the run because it's hard to rush the quarterback on 2nd-and-5, and 3rd-and-2. There ain't a...

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Ravens cornerback Rashaan Melvin intent on capitalizing on opportunity

When Ravens cornerback Rashaan Melvin was forced into the game last Sunday due to starting cornerback Asa Jackson suffering a season-ending knee injury, he did something different than his fellow defensive backs.

Melvin lined up in press coverage almost every snap, challenging wide receivers and jamming them at the line of scrimmage. The other Ravens' corners have given receivers a lot of cushion all season, frequently allowing short receptions and guarding against deep passes.

Long-armed and lanky at 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, Melvin was effective. He recorded five tackles, one for a loss, nearly intercepted a pass and successfully shadowed Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts on a pivotal fourth down incompletion during the win.

"I can transition easily, but I like playing press," Melvin said. "I like to play both on or off and I can play both, but press coverage is something I'm comfortable and like doing."

Melvin was solid in his first NFL game, enough so that a source...

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As he readies for homecoming, Gary Kubiak expresses no bitterness toward Texans

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh gave a speech to his team last week that particularly resonated with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

“John made a great comment, talking about the things that you take with you when you move forward and let other things go. I thought, ‘Is he talking to me?,’” Kubiak said Thursday. “That’s a great comment. You have to take the good with it, take the positive, learn from what’s going on, move forward in your life and that’s what I’ve tried to do. And like I said, I’m very fortunate to have a chance to move forward in such a great spot."

With the Ravens preparing to face the Houston Texans Sunday at NRG Stadium, Kubiak has had plenty of opportunities this week to look back. Kubiak is a Houston native and grew up about five miles away from the stadium.

The Texans gave him his first head-coaching job and he spent eight seasons with the organization, leading the franchise -- which had won just 18 games over four seasons with Dom Capers at the helm -- to...

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