Before the start of the regular season, Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley said he had set his ambitions on being named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The first-round draft pick is making a strong argument for that honor.
Mosley was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for October, a month in which he made 42 tackles, the third most in the league.
For the season, Mosley is the Ravens' leading tackler with 73, three more than veteran middle linebacker Daryl Smith.
The former Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and consensus All-American from Alabama has intercepted two passes and has six pass deflections, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
"C.J. understands what the linebacker position is about," retired former Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis recently told The Baltimore Sun in this article. "Forget mistakes; the kid just finds the football. He has a great knack. He makes the game simple. It's early. You really don't want to put crazy pressure on him.
When the NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday afternoon, inside linebacker Arthur Brown was still with the Ravens.
Brown was linked to trade rumors in September and was assured by the Ravens that he wasn't on the trading block after the team fielded calls about him. Sources told The Baltimore Sun at the time that the Ravens were resistant to trading Brown.
Despite being inactive for the first eight games, the 2013 second-round draft pick from Kansas State was relieved to remain with the Ravens.
"No doubt, I had my mind focused on my role on this team and staying ready to contribute," Brown said. "I'm thankful to be here."
Brown said he was unaware of the looming trade deadline, so Tuesday was a fairly routine day for the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
"I didn't even know, I didn't realize that," Brown said. "I'm glad to be here."
Brown has been a healthy scratch for the entire first half of the season, but his gameday status could be changing. Because of injuries at other...Read more
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce said he's maintaining his patience after being a healthy scratch on Sunday during a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
It marked the third time this year that Pierce has been inactive, the first time without an injury.
"I wasn't down for my performance," Pierce said. "It was just because of our situation with other players."
Pierce has rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 55 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per run.
Pierce was originally the starter as the replacement for Ray Rice, but was benched in the season-opening loss to the Bengals when he lost a fumble. He rushed for a season-high 96 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers, this Sunday night's opponent, before being sidelined the next two games with a strained quadriceps.
Despite the difficult season, Pierce says he's upbeat and confident he'll get another opportunity.
"I'm not stressing it at all," Pierce said. "I'll get my shot."
Starting running back Justin Forsett, who didn't practice on...Read more
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith on Wednesday faintly praised Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for not hitting him as hard as he could while Smith stood prone with a possible concussion after an interception on Sunday, but not before echoing the widely-held NFL sentiment that Burfict is a dirty player.
“It could have been a lot worse watching the video,” Smith said. “That’s the one time. As a dirty of a player as I think he is — he’s a heck of a player — he’s a dirty one, too. He definitely held up. He has some good to him.”
Smith was doubled over and holding his head, a stationary figure in the flat as Bengals cornerback Adam Jones returned Joe Flacco’s second interception of the game, when Burfict ran out of his way to block him.
Burfict was fined $25,000 after the league determined he was targeting injured players’ ankles after tackles against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. He was also fined for hitting a defenseless receiver last year, and striking former Ravens...Read more
It has been an extremely difficult month for Ravens defensive end Chris Canty as he spent the majority of it in a hospital while recovering from wrist surgery to remove a staph infection.
Canty returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since missing the past four games because of an infection that started in his thumb. He said he's now infection-free.
"It was really an infection that went in through my thumb and kind of lodged in my wrist," Canty said. "That's the situation. Staph infection is a crazy thing. They were able to clean it out. I don't have any infection in my body anymore. I'm just glad to be back to football.
"It's great to be back out there with my guys. was frustrating for me not to be able to take part and really spend the better part of October in a hospital. I'm just glad to really get back to football. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this football team and get back to work. It's a big week for us."
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Ravens veterans Owen Daniels and Chris Canty returned to practice Wednesday.
Daniels was limited after missing Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Canty participated fully after being out the past four games after undergoing wrist surgery.
Several players weren't practicing as the Ravens went outside for the conclusion of their practice after starting with a special-teams workout on their indoor practice field.
That list includes cornerback Lardarius Webb, who finished the game Sunday and was jogging around on the side Wednesday without apparent difficulty. Webb said he was "just chilling" and was being given a day of rest.
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (neck) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shin), who are typically among the last players to arrive for the start of practice, were also missing from practice Wednesday.
Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (pulled hamstring), running back Justin Forsett, who was limping after...Read more