The battleground between the NFL and the NFL Players Association has grown more contentious with each passing week through a series of ongoing disputes over the personal-conduct policy.
Between domestic violence incidents involving indefinitely suspended former Ravens running back Ray Rice and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and an ugly child-abuse case that prompted the NFL to suspend Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the league and the players' union are involved in a series of disputes.
The players' union has accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league office of making up the rules as they go along and reacting to each latest public-relations crisis by increasing punishments. In the case of Rice, Goodell initially suspended him for two games for knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. He then amplified the punishment when a graphic viceo surfaced of Rice knocking out Janay Palmer at Revel Casino. Rice appealed the discipline and is...Read more
Ravens veteran outside linebacker Terrell Suggs returned to practice Thursday after being sidelined for one day with a minor foot injury.
Suggs' status for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers isn't expected to be impacted by the foot injury.
Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil wasn't on the practice field during the early portion open to reporters.
The Ravens had a 7:15 a.m. team meeting with some players arriving earlier than that for lifting and training room sessions. The plan for Thursday is to wrap up practice before 1 p.m. and then the players can head home to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
Wide receiver Michael Campanaro practiced for the second consecutive day after returning Wednesday from a pulled hamstring that had sidelined him since an Oct. 26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens are gauging whether it makes sense to have him active for Sunday or use this week to strengthen the leg and then have him play against the Miami Dolphins, testing to see how it...Read more
Although he's probably in the twilight of a stellar NFL career at 34 years old, San Diego Chargers veteran tight end Antonio Gates seems ageless.
Gates remains a formidable downfield threat, still displaying his trademark athleticism he once flashed as a basketball player at Kent State before the Chargers signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2003. And containing Gates is one of the Ravens' top defensive priorities heading into Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium.
"Definitely, he's doing everything right apparently, eating good food and finding a way to stay young," Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith said. "He still looks like he can run and light you up. We got a big test this week."
Gates is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who's caught 40 passes for 491 yards and nine touchdowns this season. For his career, Gates has Hall of Fame credentials with 759 career receptions for 9,684 yards and 96 touchdowns.
"You look at the tape and you're hoping he's going to age out at some point,"...Read more
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is known for his easygoing personality, rarely displaying much emotion on the football field.
The former Maryland standout broke from his normal routine Monday night during a 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as he was much more animated than usual.
Smith was shoving defensive backs after plays and was noticeably angry when Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis tackled him after a reception and then shoved his helmet into the turf with his forearm.
"I'm a guy that I keep everything in," Smith said. "I try not to let people know if I'm mad. If I'm happy, I'm always cheesing and smiling. That's me, but I try to keep everything inside. I don't want to let it throw off my game, but I was a little bit [mad]. It probably happens a few times a year. I can guarantee two times a year with the Steelers.
"But more so than anything, it's not that I'm not passionate or anything, it's just that I keep [composed]. When I line up, I still...Read more
The Ravens have signed tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi to the practice squad and placed tight end Konrad Reuland on the practice squad injured list.
Ogbuehi was released from the practice squad last week when the Ravens signed tight end Allen Reisner.
Ogbuehi played at Georgia State and has previous NFL stints with the Washington Redskins, the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns. He was recently cut from the Browns' practice squad.
He was signed by the Dolphins to a reserve-future deal in the offseason and later released. He spent time on their practice squad last year.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound tight end caught 47 passes for 581 yards in 28 games in college. He has no NFL statistics.
The Ravens are trying to maintain their normal schedule of preparation even though they're dealing with a short week along with the Thanksgiving holiday in advance of Sunday's pivotal home game.
The Ravens (7-4) will play the San Diego Chargers (7-4) at MRead more