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Pivotal game for Ravens follows short week, Thanksgiving holiday

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 M

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Justin Forsett hopes to sign long-term deal with Ravens

During his six years in the NFL, running back Justin Forsett has played for five teams.

Now that he's thriving with the Ravens, Forsett is hoping to remain with them for a long time. He expressed confidence and hope that a long-term contract can be worked out after the season when his one-year, $730,000 deal expires.

"Definitely, this is a great place, a great organization," Forsett told The Baltimore Sun. "It's hard not to want to be here. Definitely, I'm sure after the season sometime they'll probably get something done.

"I would love to sign here. I've been waiting my whole career to find a home somewhere to not have to move every offseason. So, that would be nice."

Forsett has rushed for a career-high 903 yards and seven touchdowns, emerging as the Ravens' featured back. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time Wednesday after rushing for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns Monday night against the New Orleans Saints.

"It's been a blessing," Forsett...

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Elvis Dumervil triggers $4 million worth of escalator clauses, incentives with 12th sack

When Ravens veteran outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil sacked New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees twice Monday night, it created a $4 million financial windfall for the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher.

With his 12th sack of the season, Dumervil triggered a $1 million one-time incentive clause for sacks in a single year.

Dumervil's contract has a base value of $26 million that includes a $7.5 million signing bonus and $11 guaranteed. He also hit an escalator clause that raises his base salary by $1 million annually in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Dumervil now has 22 sacks in 26 career games with the Ravens. With 12.5 sacks this season, he's on pace for a career-high 19 sacks. He needs three more sacks to break Peter Boulware's single-season franchise record of 15 sacks.

His contract is now worth $30 million over five years with a maximum value of $33 million if he hits the 12-sack figure again in 2015.

Dumervil can also earn another $1 million bonus if he records 12 sacks in 2015 or 2016...

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Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro, guard Jah Reid return to practice

Ravens rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis, working out with his teammates for the first time since pulling his hamstring against the Cincinnati Bengals four games ago.

The River Hill graduate had hoped to return as soon as last week, but he wasn't cleared by doctors.

Campanaro has six receptions for 85 yards since being drafted in the seventh round out of Wake Forest. He caught a career-high three passes for 40 yards against the Bengals and returned two punts for 17 yards.

Veteran offensive guard Jah Reid also returned to practice, participating fully. Reid broke his right hand in practice while blocking outside linebacker Pernell McPhee before the Ravens' Nov. 9 win over the Tennessee Titans.

"It was great to be back," Reid said. "To be out there and get the blood flowing, it felt really good. There's a club on there and a cast. It didn't really hinder what I was doing."

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs didn't practice due to a...

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Ravens RB Justin Forsett named AFC Offensive Player of the Week again

The NFL announced Wednesday that Ravens running back Justin Forsett has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the second time in as many games that he received the honor.

Forsett rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries Monday night during a 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Forsett, who broke at least five tackles against the Saints, averaged 8.3 yards per carry in the game and scored untouched on both of his touchdowns. He also was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 112 yards against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 9 in the Ravens' previous game before their bye week.

"It's crazy, man, just thinking about where I was at this time last year, mostly doing a lot of scout team work and coming in once in a while and doing third downs," Forsett said Monday night after the game. "I'm just thankful just for the journey. To just get the opportunity when I thought I would never get it again, it's a...

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Colts work out Mike Flacco, Joe Flacco's brother, source says

The Indianapolis Colts worked out tight end Mike Flacco on Tuesday, according to a source.

He wasn't immediately signed to a contract, though.

Flacco was recently released from the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad.

The brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Mike Flacco went undrafted this year after being selected as a third-team Division II All-American in his first season playing football at New Haven. He had spent time earlier this year with the San Diego Chargers but was cut in late August.

Last year marked the first time Flacco played football since he was in high school. He finished the season at New Haven with 30 catches for 591 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games.

Flacco, 6 feet 5 and 245 pounds, ended his baseball career last April and was placed on the voluntarily retired list by the Boston Red Sox. He had been traded to the Boston organization from the Orioles in March 2013. In 2009, he was a 31st-round draft selection by the Orioles, out of the Community College of...

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