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Ravens tackle Eugene Monroe excited about return, expresses confidence he'll play Sunday

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.

Meanwhile, tight end Owen Daniels didn't practice due to a...

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Ravens' Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele return to practice; Chris Canty still sidelined

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...

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Ray Rice files formal grievance against Ravens for wrongful termination, sources say

Running back Ray Rice has filed a formal grievance against the Ravens for wrongful termination of his $35 million contract, sources with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

Rice's contract was terminated by the team Sept. 8 after a video surfaced of him knocking out Janay Palmer in a casino elevator in Atlantic City, N.J.

The new grievance filed with the league falls under Article 46 of the NFL collective bargaining agreement, which governs "One Punishment," and prohibits an NFL player from receiving more than one punishment for a single rule violation. It's intended to guard against the legal concept of double jeopardy.

The three-time Pro Bowl running back also has a separate grievance filed by the NFL Players Association seeking reinstatement from his indefinite suspension after he was initially suspended two games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before the punishment was upgraded based upon the video. That appeal hearing is set for Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, according to sources.

No...

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Ray Rice appeal hearing set for Nov. 5-6, source says

Former Ravens running back Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL is set to begin Nov. 5 and conclude the following day, according to a source close to the situation.

The three-time Pro Bowl runner's appeal will be heard by former federal judge Barbara S. Jones, an arbitrator appointed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in consultation with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.

Jones is deciding this week if Goodell will be compelled to testify in the hearing, which NFL lawyers have been resistant to allowing. It's at Jones' discretion, though, whether the NFL's top executive will be a witness in the hearing.

Goodell increased Rice's original two-game suspension for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy to an indefinite one, citing "new evidence" that he said contradicted Rice's account of his domestic violence incident in an Atlantic City casino elevator. According to sources, Rice will testify that he told the truth to Goodell and the...

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Ravens notes: Daryl Smith had best game Sunday; Justin Forsett on pace for 1,149 yards

Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith had one of his strongest games of the season Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, making a team-high 13 tackles to go along with a quarterback hit and a pass deflection.

Smith has been overshadowed for most of the season by rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, but he was more productive than the first-round draft pick on Sunday. Mosley finished the game with five tackles.

“Do I say his best game of the year and that be a comparison answer?” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said when asked about Smith. “Maybe so. Daryl played a great game.”

Rookie second-round defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan didn’t make any tackles Sunday, but he created penetration in his first game back from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a meniscus issue.

“Timmy did well, especially for the first game back,” Harbaugh said.

Forsett's pace 

Ravens running back Justin Forsett rushed for 95 yards on 23 carries Sunday, including a 21-yard run.

Forsett has runfor a team-high...

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Ravens news, notes and opinions on Pernell McPhee, Jacoby Jones and more

It seemingly happens every season. A Ravens defensive player has a career year heading into free agency and suddenly prices himself out of the team's market. Last year, it was defensive lineman Arthur Jones. The year before that, it was linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe. This season, outside linebacker-defensive end Pernell McPhee is in the process of following in their footsteps. He might not be the most valuable Ravens defensive player through seven games, but he’s arguably their most versatile. McPhee has four sacks while pretty much rushing from every position along the defensive line. With injuries to Chris Canty, Timmy Jernigan, Kapron Lewis-Moore and Brent Urban, McPhee’s ability to bounce around and create havoc from wherever he has lined up has been vital for a defense that has gotten better each week. During our weekly conference calls with opposing coaches and players, they never fail to mention McPhee when discussing the talent on the Ravens’ defense. Assuming he...

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