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After passing on Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, Steelers will face him Sunday

When the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock and prepared to make the 15th overall selection in May's NFL draft, they had their choice of arguably the top two inside linebacker prospects. They chose Ohio State's Ryan Shazier over Alabama's C.J. Mosley. Two picks later, the Ravens took Mosley.

In a conference call with Baltimore reporters Wednesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin explained the decision, indicating that the organization had a greater familiarity with Shazier.

“It was just more about what we knew about him [that] we had a level of comfort with,” Tomlin said of the former Ohio State standout. “We had a close, personal relationship with his program, with their defensive coaches, specifically. They spent a lot of time over here during the offseason and had for a number of years, particularly the years that he was there. … So it was more about that relationship and knowing the system in which he played and the parallels to ours.”

Shazier has played in four of the Steelers'...

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Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak concerned about Ravens' recent turnover trend

Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has seen it happen before. Dwell on an issue too much, and it gets only worse. But he also knows you can’t ignore a troubling trend, either.

After watching the Ravens turn the ball over five times the past two weeks, four of them interceptions by quarterback Joe Flacco, Kubiak said taking better care of the ball has been a “big point of emphasis” as the Ravens get ready for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I told [head coach John Harbaugh] this the other day: Sometimes you talk about them so much and they don't go away. Sometimes you have to maybe just not say anything,” Kubiak said.

“We’ve been pretty good at protecting the ball. I think as a team, we have 12, and as an offense, we have 10 of those 12. But five of those turnovers have come in the last two weeks. That’s not good. We’ve got too good of a football team. If we’re protecting the ball, I think we’re going to play really well. It’s something that [quarterbacks...

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Ravens special teams no longer among league's most penalized groups

Special teams coordinator and associate head coach Jerry Rosburg credited his unit with cutting back on penalties through the first half of the year after two straight seasons in which Ravens special teams were among the most penalized in the NFL.

“I’ve been pleased with our special teams this year at not taking fouls,” Rosburg said. “It’s been an issue with our club before, and we’ve coached it so hard and worked so hard on it. I’m gratified that we’re not amongst the leaders in penalties, where in the past we’ve struggled with that. I think our guys are making really good decisions.”

In 2013, the Ravens took 25 special teams penalties for 210 yards, both second most in the league. In 2012, when the Ravens were the league’s most penalized team overall, their special teams were flagged 23 times for 215 yards, both third most in the NFL.

Through eight games, Ravens special teams have eight penalties, 14th fewest in the NFL. Overall, the team has been penalized 45 times, tied for seventh...

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Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month

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.

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With trade deadline passed, Ravens' Arthur Brown looks forward to second half

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...

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Bernard Pierce hoping for another shot after being scratched against Bengals

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...

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