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Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro reflects on a season cut short

Seated at his locker with his sprained foot in a walking boot, Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro reflected on a season cut short.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the fourth-round NFL draft pick from Coastal Carolina was placed on injured reserve.

Although Taliaferro rushed for 292 yards and four touchdowns with eight receptions and 114 yards in 13 games, including 91 rushing yards on 18 carries against the Cleveland Browns, he's far from satisifed with his first NFL season.

"All the things I accomplished, it's good and all, but I don't think it's enough to feel settled," Taliaferro said. "As it is now, it's an earlier offseason for me to get ready and try to get prepared for next year.

"You can't settle on anything. You got to to keep on improving. Now that I have one year under my belt and know what it takes to be a pro, I've got to hone in and get better at all the other things."

Taliaferro wasn't involved much in the offense after losing a fumble against...

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Chris Canty listed as questionable with ankle injury

Ravens veteran defensive end Chris Canty is listed as questionable with an ankle injury.

Canty downplayed the severity of the injury this week. Barring a setback, he is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans despite not practicing this week.

Canty has upgraded his play in recent weeks, making 13 tackles during the past three games.

Backup running back Bernard Pierce (back) and reserve cornerback Anthony Levine (ankle) are probable.

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs didn't practice Friday, which is his customary day off each week.

The Texans ruled out tight end Garrett Graham (ankle), quarterback Tom Savage (knee), offensive guard Xavier Su'a-Filo (back) and linebacker Mike Mohamed (concussion).

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is questionable with an ankle injury.

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Ravens cornerback Rashaan Melvin intent on capitalizing on opportunity

When Ravens cornerback Rashaan Melvin was forced into the game last Sunday due to starting cornerback Asa Jackson suffering a season-ending knee injury, he did something different than his fellow defensive backs.

Melvin lined up in press coverage almost every snap, challenging wide receivers and jamming them at the line of scrimmage. The other Ravens' corners have given receivers a lot of cushion all season, frequently allowing short receptions and guarding against deep passes.

Long-armed and lanky at 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, Melvin was effective. He recorded five tackles, one for a loss, nearly intercepted a pass and successfully shadowed Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts on a pivotal fourth down incompletion during the win.

"I can transition easily, but I like playing press," Melvin said. "I like to play both on or off and I can play both, but press coverage is something I'm comfortable and like doing."

Melvin was solid in his first NFL game, enough so that a source...

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As he readies for homecoming, Gary Kubiak expresses no bitterness toward Texans

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh gave a speech to his team last week that particularly resonated with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

“John made a great comment, talking about the things that you take with you when you move forward and let other things go. I thought, ‘Is he talking to me?,’” Kubiak said Thursday. “That’s a great comment. You have to take the good with it, take the positive, learn from what’s going on, move forward in your life and that’s what I’ve tried to do. And like I said, I’m very fortunate to have a chance to move forward in such a great spot."

With the Ravens preparing to face the Houston Texans Sunday at NRG Stadium, Kubiak has had plenty of opportunities this week to look back. Kubiak is a Houston native and grew up about five miles away from the stadium.

The Texans gave him his first head-coaching job and he spent eight seasons with the organization, leading the franchise -- which had won just 18 games over four seasons with Dom Capers at the helm -- to...

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Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones says Texans game isn't overly emotional for him

Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones played five years for the Houston Texans before being released two years ago, months after mishandling a punt during a divisional round playoff loss to the Ravens.

Since leaving the Texans, Jones has signed a pair of contracts with the Ravens, including a four-year, $12 million contract in March, made it to the Pro Bowl once and scored two touchdowns during a Super Bowl XLVII victory.

Jones insists this won't be an emotional game for him as he returns to Houston, where he still lives during the offseason.

"It don't bother me at all," said Jones, a New Orleans native. "I still live there, so it's another stadium to me."

Unlike Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who was fired from his job as head coach by the Texans, and tight ends Owen Daniels and Phillip Supernaw, who were cut by the Texans during the offseason, Jones said it won't have any extra feeling for him.

"It's not like that for me," Jones said.

Jones hasn't played much at receiver this...

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Ravens defensive end Chris Canty misses second straight practice with ankle injury

Ravens defensive end Chris Canty missed a second straight day of practice Thursday while nursing an ankle injury, though the veteran lineman downplayed the injury Wednesday and said he expects to play Sunday.

Canty, who missed four games with a wrist injury and infection in October, has four tackles in each of the past two games. He has been one of the Ravens’ most active run stoppers since defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was suspended four games for using Adderall.

Tight end Owen Daniels and inside linebacker Daryl Smith, both of whom have been on a maintenance plan that includes taking Thursdays off, were also absent Thursday.

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who missed practice Wednesday because of illness, returned to practice Thursday, and safety Will Hill and guard Kelechi Osemele, who missed because of non-injury reasons, also returned.

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