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Owen Daniels had arthroscopic surgery on knee and will miss Sunday's game

Ravens tight end Owen Daniels underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after his injury didn't improve this week, and he's been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, coach John Harbaugh said.

Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore will start in Daniels' place.

"As the week went on, his knee wasn't progressing the way we wanted it to, so we went ahead and did a cleanup procedure," Harbaugh said of Daniels, a two-time Pro Bowl selection. "He'll be out for this game. After that, he has a chance to come back. He'll be week to week after that. He could actually be next week. We'll just have to see. It would be optimistic, but it could happen."

Daniels wasn't limping in the locker room Thursday, and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak downplayed the two-time Pro Bowl tight end's injury.

"Owen is fine," Kubiak said Thursday. "[Ravens coach] John [Harbaugh] has a plan for these veteran guys. I know he has had a plan for O.D. and how he keeps him fresh and keeps him ready...

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Ravens are $5.545 million under NFL salary-cap limit

The Ravens are $5.545 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.

New long snapper Kevin McDermott's veteran minimum contract counts for $291,177 against the salary cap for the remainder of the season.

The Ravens created a net savings of $3.529 million in salary and cap space for this fiscal year when they terminated running back Ray Rice's $35 million contract, also taking on $4.755 million in dead money. Should Rice win his grievance against the Ravens for wrongful termination, he would be owed that money and it would count against the Ravens' books for this year.

Regardless of the decision, in 2015 Rice will count against the Ravens' salary cap for a hefty $9.5 million in dead money. Dead money is the pro-rated portion of the money already paid to Rice that still counts against the Ravens' salary cap even though he's no longer on the roster.

Under his contract signed in July 2012, Rice received $22 million in guaranteed money through a $15 million signing bonus and a $7...

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Ravens running back Bernard Pierce says he's not frustrated by inconsistent workload

This season hasn’t gone exactly as Ravens running back Bernard Pierce had planned.

There was the first-half fumble in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals that resulted in his spending the rest of the game on the bench. There was a quadriceps injury that kept him sidelined for two weeks, the first time in his young NFL career he had to miss a game.

And now that Pierce is getting closer to 100 percent, he is getting an inconsistent workload as the backup to Justin Forsett, currently fourth in the NFL with 503 rushing yards.

“It’s not frustrating,” said Pierce, who has rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 55 carries. “I went down, missed two weeks, and the two weeks that I was absent, [Forsett] had two great performances. He keeps coming in and performing, week in and week out. You can’t take it from him. When my number is called, I just go out there and go.”

Pierce had his best and busiest game in Week 2, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, rushing 22 times for 96 yards....

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Ravens rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore's role increasing

As a rookie, Ravens backup tight end Crockett Gillmore is figuring out what's expected from him. The third-round draft pick has primarily operated as a blocker, playing in all seven games.

Gillmore, 6 feet 6, 251 pounds, caught his longest pass of the season during the Ravens' 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons, a 13-yard reception for a first down. Gillmore played a season-high 43 snaps on offense against the Falcons, one less than veteran starter Owen Daniels.

Gillmore said he's staying ready just in case Daniels is sidelined Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, but the two-time Pro Bowl selection is expected to play despite a knee injury that has kept him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that Daniels is "fine" and that coach John Harbaugh has a plan for veteran players like him.

"I'm prepared every week to be the starter from the first day I got here," Gillmore said. "That's just the mentality I've had. I've always been a guy...

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Ravens flip script this season with a quick-starting offense

A staple of the Ravens’ struggles on the road last season was slow starts by the offense. But the Ravens have managed to flip the script this year, possibly because of changes they’ve made in how they practice.

Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that the Ravens have put an emphasis on “situational football” in practice; one of those situations is the start of games.

“That has been something we’ve done through training camp, and we do it usually about once a week,” Harbaugh said. “We have a first drive of the game. It’s nothing elaborate. It’s just a drill.”

The Ravens have scored touchdowns on their first drive in back-to-back weeks, totaling 35 first-quarter points against the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This season, they are outscoring their opponents 45-16 in the first quarter and 99-38 in the first half.

Last year, the Ravens were outscored 63-59 in the first quarter and scored just 138 total first-half points. Only two other teams had fewer. 

"One of the first things...

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Owen Daniels sidelined from Ravens' practice for second straight day

Ravens tight end Owen Daniels missed a second straight practice with a knee injury, though offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak indicated that the veteran should be ready to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.  

 “Owen’s fine,” Kubiak said. “John’s got a plan for these veteran guys. I know he’s got a plan for O.D. and how to keep him fresh and keep him ready to go. But as far as what we’re doing, game plan, those types of thing, O.D. will be fine.”

 Because of his veteran status, Daniels, who limped off the field in the second half of the Ravens’ victory over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, has been getting periodic off days from practice. However, he hadn’t missed back-to-back practices since the regular-season began.

 If he didn’t play and that seems unlikely based on Kubiak’s comments, rookie Crockett Gillmore would take on a bigger role

 "I'm prepared every week to be the starter from the first day I got here,” said Gillmore who has three catches for 29 yards. “That's just...

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