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Texans not announcing starting quarterback until kickoff

Texans coach Bill O'Brien is playing his cards close to the vest when it comes to who will start at quarterback on Sunday

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. "We'll let everybody see that when the game starts."

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

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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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Four cornerbacks worked out with Ravens on Tuesday, according to sources

The Ravens worked out four cornerbacks Tuesday, and one player was signed to the team's practice squad.

Cornerbacks Anthony Gaitor, Quinton Pointer, LeQuan Lewis and Brandon Smith worked out for the team at its training complex, according to sources, and Pointer was signed to the practice squad.

Gaitor, who has previously played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has 12 career tackles and five passes defensed in 12 career games.

A 2011 seventh-round draft pick by the Buccaneers from Florida International, Gaitor has also played for the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. In college, he had 197 career tackles, four sacks, 11 interceptions (including three returned for touchdowns) and 35 passes defensed.

Lewis, who has played for the New York Jets, Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys in his career, has five tackles and one interception in nine career games. He went undrafted out of Arizona State and also has spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, New England...

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Ravens place Lorenzo Taliaferro and two others on IR, sign Casey Walker

The Ravens have placed rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro on injured reserve and have signed defensive tackle Casey Walker to the active roster off of the New England Patriots' practice squad.

Taliaferro suffered a sprained foot against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 7. He was in a walking boot last week and wasn't expected to recover anytime soon, prompting the Ravens to promote rookie running back Fitz Toussaint from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday. Toussaint played strictly on special teams Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Drafted in the fourth round out of Coastal Carolina, Taliaferro rushed for 292 yards and four touchdowns and caught eight passes for 114 yards in his first pro season.

Losing Taliaferro hurts the backfield because of his power and speed working behind starter Justin Forsett, who has been dealing with a minor knee injury in recent weeks. The Ravens also have backup Bernard Pierce on the active roster.

Walker had 11 tackles and one sack...

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