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Texans linebacker Brian Cushing fined $16,537 for hitting Joe Flacco in head area

Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing has been fined $16,537 for striking Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the head area last Sunday, according to a league spokesman.

The hit drew a roughing-the-passer penalty.

Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith wasn't fined for his hit on Texans quarterback Case Keenum, which drew a personal foul in the 23-15 loss at NRG Stadium.

Texans defensive linemen Jerrell Powe and J.J. Watt also weren't fined for personal fouls against the Ravens, including a roughing-the-passer penalty on Watt.

 

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With Eugene Monroe doubtful, John Harbaugh confident in offensive line reserves

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the exact make-up of the offensive line for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns isn’t decided yet, but that won’t stop him from feeling “very confident we’re going to put a good offensive line out there one way or another.”

Starting right tackle Rick Wagner went on injured reserve Tuesday with a Lisfranc sprain, meaning undrafted rookie tackle James Hurst will make his fifth start of the season.

Additionally, starting left tackle Eugene Monroe is doubtful for Sunday with an ankle injury that kept him from practice all week. With both Wagner and Monroe out at the end of last Sunday’s 25-13 loss to the Houston Texans, Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda moved to right tackle with rookie guard John Urschel at right guard and Hurst at left tackle.

Urschel started two games this year, and Harbaugh said the two rookies’ experience would be a factor in the regular season finale.

“It helps immensely,” Harbaugh said. “We know we’re going to get James and we’ll...

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Connor Shaw will make first NFL start Sunday against Ravens

For the second straight week, the Ravens will be facing a quarterback who is making his first start of the season. In Connor Shaw’s case, the undrafted rookie free agent will be making the first NFL appearance of his career.

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said today that Shaw will start Sunday against the Ravens. The announcement was little more than a formality as Shaw, who had been on the Browns’ practice squad, has taken the first-team repetitions in practice throughout the week.

With rookie Johnny Manziel out with a hamstring injury and veteran Brian Hoyer dealing with shoulder and biceps issues, Shaw was the most logical option. The Browns also signed journeyman Tyler Thigpen this week.

Shaw is 6 feet 1 and 201 pounds. He went 27-5 in his career as a starter at South Carolina.

The Ravens were beaten by the Houston Texans and their quarterback, Case Keenum, last week. Keenum, who had started eight games the previous season, was plucked off the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad in...

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Justin Forsett, Torrey Smith recognized by local media

Running back Justin Forsett was named the Ravens’ Most Valuable Player in voting by reporters who regularly cover the Ravens.

In his first season with the team, Forsett has had the best year of his career, rushing for 1,147 yards and eight touchdowns for a Ravens’ ground attack that currently ranks seventh in the NFL after finishing 30th last year. Forsett, 29, is sixth in the NFL in rushing yards, but his 5.3 yards per carry average is first among running backs.

He also has 42 receptions for 246 yards, and was named a 1st alternate for the Pro Bowl earlier this week.

Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who broke a single-season franchise record with 17 sacks, and quarterback Joe Flacco, who needs one touchdown pass to set a career high, finished second and third in the voting.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith...

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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith ruled out with lacerated spleen, absence could affect Ravens' playoff outlook

In an injury development that could affect the Ravens' playoff outlook, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers due to a lacerated spleen.

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder announced that Smith won't play Sunday because he took a hit to his abdomen.

With Smith out, that puts a dent in the Chiefs' chances of defeating a Chargers team led by quarterback Philip Rivers.

Chase Daniel will start in place of Smith, who got hurt against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens need the Chargers to lose and the Ravens have to win their game against the Cleveland Browns to earn the sixth AFC playoff spot. Without Smith, the Ravens' playoff chances just took a hit.

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Terrell Suggs, Chris Canty, Eugene Monroe miss third practice this week

The Ravens appear to have returned to practice after enjoying Thursday off for Christmas without three key players, all of whom will enter Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns without practicing this week.

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (back/thigh), defensive end Chris Canty (ankle) and left tackle Eugene Monroe (foot/ankle) were all missing during the media viewing portion of practice today.

Suggs, who didn’t practice Tuesday or Wednesday and was listed as a projected non-participant Thursday, has traditionally had Fridays off. Canty, who missed all last week with an ankle injury but practiced Sunday, hasn’t practiced all week with ankle/thigh injuries.

Monroe, the team’s starting left tackle, left Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans with an ankle injury and left NRG Stadium in a walking boot, has missed the entire week of practice as well.

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