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Steve Smith, Jimmy Smith fined $8,268 apiece by NFL

Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith and cornerback Jimmy Smith were fined $8,268 apiece by the NFL for rule infractions against the Atlanta Falcons.

Steve Smith was fined for grabbing a Falcons player by the helmet opening and throwing him to the ground. The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver was called for unnecessary roughness.

Jimmy Smith was fined for a facemask penalty in the fourth quarter. He was given a 15-yard penalty on his tackle of Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester.

Meanwhile, Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco wasn't fined for his illegal block below the waist penalty in the fourth quarter. Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on the play.

Cox is having surgery to repair the damage and is out for the season. He was placed on injured reserve Monday and the Ravens signed long snapper Kevin McDermott as his replacement.

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Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green doubtful for Sunday with turf toe

Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium.

Green didn't practice all week and was declared doubtful on Friday's injury report, meaning he has about a 25-percent chance of playing.

With Green unlikely to go, Mohamed Sanu would be the Bengals' top wide receiver available to play.

"Whoever comes out there, we're still going to be playing," Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith said. "Sanu's very talented. We'll be ready."

The Ravens officially ruled out tight end Owen Daniels (arthroscopic knee surgery) and defensive end Chris Canty (wrist surgery).

Left offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (arthroscopic knee surgery) and left guard Kelechi Osemele (bruised, hyperextended right knee) are probable for the Ravens.

Monroe missed the past four games. Osemele missed the past two games.

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Owen Daniels had arthroscopic surgery on knee and will miss Sunday's game

Ravens tight end Owen Daniels underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after his injury didn't improve this week, and he's been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, coach John Harbaugh said.

Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore will start in Daniels' place.

"As the week went on, his knee wasn't progressing the way we wanted it to, so we went ahead and did a cleanup procedure," Harbaugh said of Daniels, a two-time Pro Bowl selection. "He'll be out for this game. After that, he has a chance to come back. He'll be week to week after that. He could actually be next week. We'll just have to see. It would be optimistic, but it could happen."

Daniels wasn't limping in the locker room Thursday, and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak downplayed the two-time Pro Bowl tight end's injury.

"Owen is fine," Kubiak said Thursday. "[Ravens coach] John [Harbaugh] has a plan for these veteran guys. I know he has had a plan for O.D. and how he keeps him fresh and keeps him ready...

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Ravens are $5.545 million under NFL salary-cap limit

The Ravens are $5.545 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.

New long snapper Kevin McDermott's veteran minimum contract counts for $291,177 against the salary cap for the remainder of the season.

The Ravens created a net savings of $3.529 million in salary and cap space for this fiscal year when they terminated running back Ray Rice's $35 million contract, also taking on $4.755 million in dead money. Should Rice win his grievance against the Ravens for wrongful termination, he would be owed that money and it would count against the Ravens' books for this year.

Regardless of the decision, in 2015 Rice will count against the Ravens' salary cap for a hefty $9.5 million in dead money. Dead money is the pro-rated portion of the money already paid to Rice that still counts against the Ravens' salary cap even though he's no longer on the roster.

Under his contract signed in July 2012, Rice received $22 million in guaranteed money through a $15 million signing bonus and a $7...

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Ravens running back Bernard Pierce says he's not frustrated by inconsistent workload

This season hasn’t gone exactly as Ravens running back Bernard Pierce had planned.

There was the first-half fumble in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals that resulted in his spending the rest of the game on the bench. There was a quadriceps injury that kept him sidelined for two weeks, the first time in his young NFL career he had to miss a game.

And now that Pierce is getting closer to 100 percent, he is getting an inconsistent workload as the backup to Justin Forsett, currently fourth in the NFL with 503 rushing yards.

“It’s not frustrating,” said Pierce, who has rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 55 carries. “I went down, missed two weeks, and the two weeks that I was absent, [Forsett] had two great performances. He keeps coming in and performing, week in and week out. You can’t take it from him. When my number is called, I just go out there and go.”

Pierce had his best and busiest game in Week 2, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, rushing 22 times for 96 yards....

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Ravens rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore's role increasing

As a rookie, Ravens backup tight end Crockett Gillmore is figuring out what's expected from him. The third-round draft pick has primarily operated as a blocker, playing in all seven games.

Gillmore, 6 feet 6, 251 pounds, caught his longest pass of the season during the Ravens' 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons, a 13-yard reception for a first down. Gillmore played a season-high 43 snaps on offense against the Falcons, one less than veteran starter Owen Daniels.

Gillmore said he's staying ready just in case Daniels is sidelined Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the two-time Pro Bowl selection is expected to play despite a knee injury that has kept him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that Daniels is "fine" and that coach John Harbaugh has a plan for veteran players like him.

"I'm prepared every week to be the starter from the first day I got here," Gillmore said. "That's just the mentality I've had. I've always been a guy...

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