NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been ordered to testify in former Ravens running back Ray Rice's appeal hearing, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
NFL lawyers have been resistant to having Goodell testify in the hearing, set for Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, hoping to avoid a he-said, he-said situation between the league's top executive and the three-time Pro Bowl running back, who was suspended indefinitely by the league.
Former federal judge Barbara S. Jones, the third-party arbitrator appointed by Goodell in consultation with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, has decided to have Goodell testify as a witness, according to sources.
The NFL had no immediate comment, but Goodell said during the fall league meeting that whether he testified would be at the judge's discretion. League spokesman Brian McCarthy previously told The Baltimore Sun: "We intend to comply with the confidentiality order entered by Judge Jones regarding the appeal proceedings."
The last time the Ravens squared off with Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green, he caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the season-opener just behind cornerback Chykie Brown's outstretched fingertips.
However, Green has been sidelined for the past two games with a turf toe injury and his status for Sunday's game against the Ravens remains undetermined.
Although Green didn't practice Wednesday and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was noncommittal about his medical outlook, the Ravens are preparing as if Green will be on the field Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
"He's going to play," Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb said authoritatively of Green.
The Ravens didn't have their top cornerback, Jimmy Smith, covering Green on the game-deciding play in the fourth quarter. Since that game, they've replaced Brown in the starting lineup with Webb back from a lower-back injury. Brown was inactive in the Ravens' 29-7 win on Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons.
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Shadowing Cincinnati Bengals multidimensional running back Giovani Bernard is among the Ravens' top defensive priorities heading into Sunday's game at Paul Brown Stadium.
Bernard is a dangerous threat out of the backfield who has caught 19 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown in three games against the Ravens. Since being drafted in the second round last year out of North Carolina, Bernard has rushed for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns with 76 receptions for 691 yards and three touchdowns.
With plenty of athleticism and speed working in his favor, Bernard is someone the Ravens are paying attention to as they make their preparations for Sunday.
"In man coverage, you have to keep an eye on Bernard and make sure we play top-down in coverage and get everybody running to the ball," Ravens rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "They like a lot of screens. They did about three or four screens in the first game."
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It's been a whirlwind of activity for Kevin McDermott since he caught a red-eye flight from California late Sunday night after Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against the Atlanta Falcons.
Signed to a one-year contract worth $291,177 for the remainder of the season after beating out Patrick Scales for the job vacancy during a Monday morning audition, McDermott has spent the past few days familiarizing himself with Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker and punter-holder Sam Koch.
"It's been great, very glad to be here and getting to know my new teammates and getting to know everybody," McDermott said. "It's an honor to be a part of the Ravens I think I benefited from being here in the preseason. They've been great trying to catch me up to speed."
McDermott had a previous stint with the San Francisco 49ers a year ago as their regular long snapper after being signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of UCLA. McDermott also snapped in three...Read more
Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe's patience has been tested by a right knee injury that has kept him out a month.
Now, Monroe's recovery from arthroscopic surgery is coming to an end, and he expressed confidence he'll return for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Undrafted rookie James Hurst has started the last four games in Monroe's place.
"Yeah, it gets frustrating after a while being in a training room every day," said Monroe, who practiced Wednesday. "Missing out on games, man, that was really the first stretch of my career where I was out for consecutive weeks. It was different, but it was needed. I needed to get healthy, and now that's happened. I'm just glad to be back out there. I feel real good about it."
Monroe participated fully Wednesday along with left guard Kelechi Osmele, who has a bruised, hyperextended right knee that's being protected by a brace.
Osemele declined an interview request on Wednesday.
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The Ravens are hoping to get two of their veteran offensive linemen back on the field for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Left tackle Eugene Monroe and left guard Kelechi Osemele returned to practice Wednesday. However, it was unclear how much progress they've made since last week, when they practiced early in the week and then were held out of practice at the end of the week and scratched for Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Both Monroe and Osemele took part in drills at the start of Wednesday's practice. Osemele was wearing a brace on the right knee he hyperextended and bruised. He has missed the past two games, forcing the Ravens to go with an all-rookie left side comprised of undrafted tackle James Hurst and fifth-round draft pick John Urschel at guard.
Monroe hasn't played since the Ravens' Sept. 21 game against the Cleveland Browns. He underwent arthroscopic surgery and has been sidelined ever since.
Defensive end Chris Canty isn't practicing and remains a...Read more