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Ravens' Elvis Dumervil has two sacks for winning team in Pro Bowl

During the regular season, Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil relentlessly harassed quarterbacks and finished the year with 17 sacks.

Dumervil maintained his pass-rushing form in Sunday night's Pro Bowl. He had the only two sacks of the game as his Team Irvin defeated Team Carter, 32-28, at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Dumervil finished with six tackles, including five solos, as he and offensive guard Marshal Yanda's Pro Bowl squad beat a team coached by John Harbaugh that included Ravens running back Justin Forsett and rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Players from the winning team receive $55,000, with the losing players getting $28,000 apiece.

Yanda started at right guard for Team Irvin, which was chosen by former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.

Team Carter, which included former Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison, now the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, calling the plays, got three carries for 31 yards from Forsett. Forsett caught all four passes...

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Ravens news, notes and opinions on Terrence Cody, positions of need and more

The Ravens’ announcement that they’ll release defensive tackle Terrence Cody, who is the subject of an animal cruelty probe, after the Super Bowl doesn’t seem like a significant statement, given that Cody played just one game this past season, is a pending free agent and was unlikely to be back anyway. But at the very least, it is a departure from how the Ravens have handled potential discipline matters in the past. The Ravens normally say that they’re gathering facts and they’ll let due process take its course. Perhaps this is the first indication that the Ravens, who had five players arrested last offseason, will have less tolerance of player misconduct this year. Coach John Harbaugh said as much earlier this month. But it remains to be seen how the Ravens will handle things if one of their top players happens to get in trouble this offseason.          

Longtime NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell...

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Ravens' C.J. Mosley concludes successful rookie year in Pro Bowl

Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley will finish his successful rookie season Sunday night in the Pro Bowl, marking the start of an offseason in which he has vowed to improve.

Mosley excelled as a run-stopper and blitzer, leading the Ravens with 133 tackles and also recording three sacks and two interceptions. He played all but 15 of the Ravens' 1,080 defensive snaps.

"For a rookie, I think did pretty well," Mosley said at the end of the season. "But I'm a rookie, so I've got a lot to work on and I can only go up from here. So, I'm going to take my time off and get my body right for these first few weeks and then just get right back at it so I can be a better player come next April."

About the only area in which Mosley could improve is in pass coverage. Mosley was frequently close to making plays on the ball, but he allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 91 of 108 passes thrown in his direction for 767 yards and four touchdowns with an 84.3 completion percentage and a 100.9...

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USC cornerback Josh Shaw met with Ravens, vows to tell teams the truth about incident

A series of lies cost Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw dearly this past season, damaging his reputation and raising significant questions about his character.

A senior captain for the Trojans, Shaw lied to his coaches in August about the cause of a pair of high-ankle sprains. He concocted an elaborate story about how he had jumped off a terrace to save a drowning nephew in a swimming pool.

Shaw stuck to his story for days and was hailed as a hero, until the truth was discovered. USC athletic department officials learned that Shaw had panicked about potentially being arrested after an argument with his girlfriend and had jumped from a balcony wearing flip-flops.

Shaw was no hero. USC suspended him, and he played in just three games as a senior.

Healthy again, Shaw vowed to be transparent with NFL teams this week at the Senior Bowl all-star game. He's regarded as an intriguing NFL draft prospect: a 6-foot, 198-pound cornerback-safety, albeit one with major baggage.

Shaw has been...

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Navy long snapper Joe Cardona playing in today's Senior Bowl

Navy long snapper Joe Cardona is making his bid for a shot in the NFL by playing in today's Senior Bowl all-star game for the North squad.

He's the third player in school history to play in this game, joining former Navy fullback Eric Kettani in 2008 and Napoleon McCallum in 1986.

A four-year starter, Cardona has excellent velocity on his snaps. They've been clocked as fast as 41 miles per hour.

"This is a great opportunity to come to the Senior Bowl," Cardona said. "I've got big shoes to fill, but this is a huge honor and I plan on making the most of this week."

What's next for Cardona isn't the NFL. At least not right now. He's set to graduate in May with a degree in economics and be commissioned as a Marine as a logistics officer.

Ideally, the 6-foot-3, 236-pound specialist would like to pursue an NFL career.

Cardona can be signed to an NFL contract and be placed on a military reserve list. If that were to happen, Cardona could be eligible for early release from his military...

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Gary Kubiak says he 'had a blast' with Ravens, praises new coordinator Marc Trestman

Energized and admittedly dealing with a slightly hectic situation as he works to assemble his Denver Broncos' coaching staff, Gary Kubiak said he thoroughly enjoyed his lone season as the Ravens' offensive coordinator.

During a telephone interview with The Baltimore Sun from his new office in Denver, Kubiak discussed everything from Joe Flacco to new Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman.

"It was a blast," Kubiak said. "It was as much fun as I've had in my career. We started from scratch. We put in a new system. That was difficult on everybody. We were searching for some help. We had some things going on with the Ray Rice situation early in the season. Our identity was probably in flux. Guys just responded. We played very well upfront. I was really proud of that.

"We ran the ball and protected the quarterback. [Offensive line coach] Juan [Castillo] did a hell of a job with those young guys. The running back situation, what Justin [Forsett] did was incredible when he took over that...

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