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Ozzie Newsome, Dick Cass to testify at Ray Rice's appeal hearing, sources say

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and team president Dick Cass have been informed in a ruling by a third-party arbitrator that they must testify at the appeal hearing for Ray Rice, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Former federal judge Barbara S. Jones determined that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has to testify in Rice's hearing, which is set for Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, along with the Ravens' executives and Rice, according to sources.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and director of team security Darren Sanders weren't included in Jones' ruling of who must testify in the hearing, according to sources.

Newsome and Cass attended Rice's meeting with Goodell in New York along with Rice's wife, Janay. Newsome, Cass and Goodell are expected to be questioned by Rice's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, along with NFL Players Association outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler.

Goodell originally suspended Rice for two games for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy then increased his...

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ordered to testify in Ray Rice appeal hearing, sources say

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."

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Ravens anticipating Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green playing Sunday

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.

"You have to assume that any...

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Shadowing Bengals runner Giovani Bernard ranks high on Ravens' priority list

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."

During the Ravens' season-opening 23-16 loss to the Bengals at M&T Bank...

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Ravens' new long snapper Kevin McDermott getting up to speed

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...

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

Haunting the Ravens’ training room and weight room for the past month became a weary, repetitive routine for left offensive tackle Eugene Monroe as he recovered from a right knee injury

Now, Monroe’s recovery from arthroscopic surgery is coming to an end. He expressed confidence that he'll return for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

Undrafted rookie James Hurst started the last four games in Monroe’s place with mixed results, allowing three sacks in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts and being penalized for three holding calls Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

“It gets frustrating after a while being in a training room every day” Monroe said. “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 returned to practice and participated...

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