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Ravens wide receiver Aldrick Robinson suffers knee injury at practice Tuesday, sources say

Ravens wide receiver Aldrick Robinson suffered a knee injury during an organized team activity practice Tuesday and was carted off the field, according to NFL sources.

The initial prognosis on Robinson is a sprained knee, per a source.

It was the second injury to a Ravens wide receiver this spring. Last week, Michael Campanaro (River Hill) suffered a partially-torn quadriceps and is sidelined until training camp.

Robinson was signed to a $660,000 reserve-future deal in January. He was signed to the Ravens' practice squad late in the season and made $10,000 per week, above the usual practice squad rate of $6,300.

A sixth-round NFL draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 2011, the Southern Methodist product has caught 30 passes for 608 yards and five touchdowns in his career, including one pass for six yards in five games last season.

At SMU, Robinson ran the 100-meter dash in 10.49 seconds and 200 in 21.48 seconds and was an All-Conference USA honorable mention. At the NFL scouting combine,...

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Retired Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis nominated for 2016 College Football Hall of Fame class

Retired former Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis has been nominated again for the College Football Hall of Fame. He was nominated for induction last year, but wasn't selected.

Lewis is a former University of Miami consensus All-American and a runner-up for the Dick Butkus award -- given to the nation's top linebacker. He was a two-time All-Big East Conference selection and ranks sixth all-time in school history with 388 tackles.

Retired since after the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Lewis was a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, a 13-time Pro Bowl selection and the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXV, when the Ravens defeated the New York Giants.

Lewis now works for ESPN as an NFL analyst.

He is competing with former Florida State All-American and Tampa Bay Buccaneers All-Pro linebacker Derrick Brooks, along with 92 players and 27 coaches from the divisional ranks and 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision ranks.

The...

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More to watch as second round of OTAs begin

The Ravens’ second week of organized team activities will begin Tuesday, with Wednesday’s workout open to the media. Last week’s open session was sufficiently discussed and dissected. Here are a few things that we’ll be watching for this week:

Progress of injured players

Aside from the quadriceps injury suffered by wide receiver Michael Campanaro, last week brought some positive news on the Ravens' injury front. Most players coming off season-ending injuries or offseason surgeries participated in some fashion.

Cornerback Jimmy Smith, who had foot surgery in November, felt good enough to tie the red noncontact jersey around his waste and battle with wide receivers. Defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles) rushed the passer and cornerback Asa Jackson (knee) got extensive reps on the outside.

Tight end Dennis Pitta (dislocated and fractured hip) and safety Terrence Brooks, who tore up his knee in mid-December, were in uniform and ran around on their own. They remain a ways away, but just...

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Ravens pleased they snagged rookie cornerback Tray Walker

When the Ravens drafted Texas Southern cornerback Tray Walker in the fourth round of the NFL draft, they understood that he was in demand in the middle rounds.

Although he was regarded as a sleeper after not being invited to the NFL scouting combine, Walker had shined at the NFL super regional combine. A big press cornerback at 6 feet 2, 200 pounds with 4.42 speed in the 40-yard dash, Walker had visited the Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons. Walker also had private workouts with the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans.

The Ravens faced competition for Walker. So, they were pleased to be able to land him where they did with the 136th overall selection of the draft.

"He’s a guy that we had targeted," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who praised general manager Ozzie Newsome and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta. "We really hoped to get him in the draft. He’s a guy that we wanted to get in the mid-rounds....

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Ravens news, notes and opinions on second-year players, Steve Smith, cornerbacks

Football pundits like to say that players make their biggest jump in terms of performance from their first to their second seasons.

With a full season under their belt, second-year players understand what kind of shape they have to be in to deal with the grind of an NFL campaign. They have a full offseason to attack their weaknesses and a better understanding of the playbook. They can be more assertive and less focused on fitting in and not standing out for the wrong reasons.

I’ve written repeatedly that reading too much into how players look and perform at voluntary organized team activities this early in the summer isn’t wise. However, for now, this is all we have to go off of and my biggest take-away from the Ravens’ open OTA workout last week was just how much more comfortable and assertive the team’s second-year players looked.

Timmy Jernigan, expected to replace Haloti Ngata as the starting defensive tackle, looked leaner, was getting penetration on nearly every play and let the...

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Steve Smith on Ravens rookie De'Andre Carter: 'I see a young Randall Cobb in him'

Steve Smith has only known Ravens undrafted rookie wide receiver DeAndre Carter for a month.

Yet the veteran wide receiver has seen enough from Carter that he's comparing the potential of the former Sacramento State All-American to Green Bay Packers star wide receiver Randall Cobb.

"I'm biased, he's a West Coast guy," Smith said of Carter, a fellow California native. "I just love his attitude. I see a young Randall Cobb in him, but I think he can play inside or outside. I'm excited to watch him play."

Carter grew up emulating Smith, a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

And the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Carter was always a fan of Smith, whose 5-foot-9, 195-pound frame hasn't stopped him from having a prolific NFL career.

"Steve Smith kind of paved a path for shorter receivers in the league," Carter said. "He plays with a chip on his shoulder. I liked his game, like the way he plays and model my game after him."

Carter went undrafted despite a prolific career at Sacramento State, where he earned All-American...

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