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Ravens' Owen Daniels keeps producing since Dennis Pitta's season-ending injury

Ravens tight end Owen Daniels caught a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco between Atlanta Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow and former Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson on Sunday.

The 5-yard score staked the Ravens to an early lead in the first quarter of a 29-7 win over the Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium.

“It’s a play we’ve been working on and thought it would work against their defense,” Daniels said. “Joe fit it in with a perfect throw. I just tried to make the catch. There were a lot of hands in there, but that’s why we practice."

It also reinforced how the two-time Pro Bowl tight end continues to produce since Dennis Pitta's season-ending hip injury. Daniels caught six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown Sunday on nine targets with four of his catches going for first downs.

“I’m playing hard, trying to do what I can whether it’s catching passes or blocking,” Daniels said. “I’m just trying to be a solid player."

Daniels has 27 receptions for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the season,...

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In return from suspension, Will Hill makes regular-season debut with Ravens

Ravens safety Will Hill made a successful return Sunday from a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

In his regular-season debut for the Ravens, Hill played extensively at free safety and also covered kickoffs. He recorded one tackle for a loss and a quarterback hit on a safety blitz.

“I felt good out there,” Hill said. “It was easy for me to get back on the field with that front seven getting that rush on. It was good to be back out there, just the feeling, the energy this stadium has.

“It was a called blitz. I just saw the opening and tried to get there before he got rid of the ball. I know they have a great deal of confidence in me now. They were pretty satisfied with my play.”

The Ravens rotated Hill heavily with starting free safety Darian Stewart.

“From what I could tell, he played well,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He flew around, made a tackle or two. He eyed a couple of things up timing-wise on some pressures. For being out for six weeks, it...

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Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tears his right ACL vs. Falcons

Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, ending his season.

The injury will require surgery to repair the damage. A magnetic resonance imaging exam will be conducted Monday to confirm the initial diagnosis from team doctors.

Cox previously tore the ACL in his left knee four years ago against the Cleveland Browns.

"I planted, I got blocked, and it didn't feel good after that," Cox said after Sunday's game. "I've done it once before. I was running down the field and trying to turn the returner back in. I felt a lot of pain. I pretty much assumed it was pretty serious. I was hoping it was less serious.

"I know what it takes. Plus, I get to be around my guys. I get to be around everybody, which is a good thing."

Cox was injured late in the fourth quarter. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata replaced Cox as the long snapper and successfully snapped to holder Sam Koch for an extra point by kicker Justin Tucker after...

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Ravens scratch Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele against Falcons

The Ravens scratched left tackle Eugene Monroe and left guard Kelechi Osmele for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Rookie tackle James Hurst and rookie guard John Urschel will start in their places.

The Ravens also deactivated 2013 second-round inside linebacker Arthur Brown for the seventh consecutive game, cornerback Chykie Brown, defensive end Chris Canty, tight end Ryan Taylor and wide receiver Marlon Brown.

Canty underwent wrist surgery during the week leading up to the Ravens' game against the Indianapolis Colts. Marlon Brown is still dealing with a pelvis injury.

Wide receivers Michael Campanaro (River Hill), who caught his first touchdown last week in his first NFL regular-season game, and Kamar Aiken, who also caught his first touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and suffered a mild concussion, are both active. Aiken passed his baseline neurological test late in the week and was cleared for contact.

Rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is back for Sunday's...

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Nickel package: Five things to watch in Ravens vs. Atlanta Falcons

As the Ravens (4-2) square off with the Atlanta Falcons (2-4) on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, here’s Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson’s checklist of things to keep an eye on:

1. Falcons pass defense

One week after quarterback Joe Flacco shredded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary, another vulnerable pass defense will try to contain the Ravens’ emerging passing game. The Falcons don’t have great personnel, having lost linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and safety William Moore to injuries. Their 4-3 defensive alignment lacks elite pass rushers. And their secondary hasn’t adequately replaced cornerback Brent Grimes since he signed with the Miami Dolphins a year ago. The Falcons start cornerbacks Robert Alford and Josh Wilson, a former Ravens starter who allowed a game-winning touchdown pass to Roddy White against the Falcons four years ago.

The Falcons have only two interceptions this season, and opposing quarterbacks have completing 65.5 percent of their passes for 1,712 yards, six...

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Scouting report for Falcons at Ravens

PASSING GAME

RAVENS: Perhaps the most impressive thing about Joe Flacco's performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, aside, of course, from the five touchdowns in a little over 16 minutes, was how he spread the ball around. Eight different receivers caught at least two passes as the Ravens continue to look for other contributors with Dennis Pitta out. Flacco has thrown eight touchdown passes and one interception in his last three games. He hasn't been sacked in four of six games this season.

FALCONS: Ryan's 1,850 passing yards trail only Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck. His 12 touchdown passes are tied with Joe Flacco for sixth in the NFL. Since 2012, only Peyton Manninghas a better completion percentage than Ryan. With Jones, White, Harry Douglas and Devin Hester, Ryan has targets everywhere. The Falcons lead the NFL with 32 plays of 20 yards or more. The Falcons rely heavily on their backs and tight ends to help in pass blocking.

EDGE: FALCONS


RUNNING GAME

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