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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 with Justin Forsett rushing for 1,128 yards and eight touchdowns.

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

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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

Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien isn't revealing who will start at quarterback Sunday against the Ravens.

The Texans can go with Case Keenum, who was signed this week off of the St. Louis Rams practice squad and went 0-8 as a starter for the Texans last season, or they can start mobile former Buffalo Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.

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

The Texans are in the unenviable situation of playing untested quarterbacks after losing Ryan Mallett, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage to injuries.

The Ravens have 14 sacks in the past two games, including eight sacks Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. So, whomever's under center is also likely to be under sieg.

"The pass rush is always really important," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It's a strength of ours, obviously, and we have to play to that strength. Their...

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Ravens sign cornerback Chris Greenwood off Vikings' practice squad

The Ravens have signed cornerback Chris Greenwood off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad to their active roster.

Greenwood, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round in 2012 out of Albion College, joins the Ravens after the team placed cornerback Asa Jackson on injured reserve earlier this week. Jackson was the fifth Ravens cornerback to be declared out for the season.

The Ravens' other cornerbacks on the active roster are Lardarius Webb, Rashaan Melvin, Anthony Levine and Antoine Cason.

Greenwood, a big cornerback at 6 feet 1, 193 pounds, has played in three career games and has six tackles. He also had a stint with the Dallas Cowboys last season, was cut by the Lions in training camp this year and then was signed to the Vikings' practice squad.

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Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston

Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers readers' questions about the Ravens' win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the performance on special teams and more.

Mike, I don’t understand why Lardarius Webb is ever back to receive punts. We have a depleted secondary, and yet we expose our starting cornerback to a situation where we could lose him to injury. I know Jacoby Jones hasn’t had an electric year back there, but I’d rather lose him than Webb. Even if Webb is only there to fair catch, there could be a fumble or someone could hit him unexpectedly and injure a player at a position we can’t afford to lose. Can you tell me what the coaching rationale is for this? -- Rick, Lutherville

Rick, I have heard this question from numerous fans. It is simply an issue of making sure the catch is made. I agree, it should be Jones back there 100 percent of the time.

Mike, How bad was the Ravens’ special teams play and coaching Sunday? Let’s see: 1. Delay of game and a high snap resulting in two...

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Torrey Smith nominated by Ravens for Walter Payton Man of the Year award

Wide receiver Torrey Smith is the Ravens' nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

The award recognizes a player annually for his community service and excellence on the field.

It was established in 1970 and renamed in 1999 after the late Chicago Bears running back.

The winner will be announced during the NFL Honors awards show Jan. 31. The judges include NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Sports Illustrated writer Peter King, Payton's widow Connie, Frank Gifford, Anthony Muñoz and 2013 Payton Award recipient Charles Tillman.

The Man of the Year will receive a $25,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice from both the NFL Foundation and Nationwide (for a total of $50,000). Two additional finalists will receive $5,000 donations in their names, and the other 29 nominees will receive $1,000 donations from the NFL Foundation to their selected charities.

Smith was nominated for his efforts to educate underprivileged children...

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