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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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Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk discusses first lost fumble of his career

Usually sure-handed Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk thought he was headed to the end zone on a second-quarter catch Monday night when he got tackled by New Orleans Saints safety Pierre Warren and fumbled.

Following an initial ruling that Juszczyk was down by contact, Saints coach Sean Payton challenged the call and officials ruled that it was a lost fumble.

The former Harvard standout said that he had never lost a fumble in his entire football career at any level until Monday night's 34-27 win over the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

"To be honest, I really wasn't sure if it was a fumble," Juszczyk said. "I thought it was kind of up in the air. It's just something I have to do better. I had the ball in the wrong hand. It's something to work on.

"I was just trying to score, man. It's actually my first lost fumble of my whole football career. There's a first for everything."

Later in the game, Juszczyk caught another pass and wrapped it up with two hands before contact. He finished...

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Terrell Suggs reaches 100-sack milestone as Ravens pressure Drew Brees

Shoving blockers into the New Orleans Saints' backfield Monday night, veteran Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs pushed hard enough to knock down quarterback Drew Brees.

It represented a milestone for the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, surpassing the 100-sack mark in his career during the third quarter of the Ravens' 34-27 victory over the Saints. Suggs now has six sacks for the season and 100.5 sacks for his career.

"I feel like he's just beginning," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It'll be fun to see where he goes from here. Great football player, great leader. He's the guy that grabbed us up as a team this week. He pointed us in the right direction all week with what he said and how he practiced."

Drafted by the Ravens in the first round in 2003 out of Arizona State, Suggs is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and the Ravens' all-time leading pass rusher. Suggs is the 31st player in NFL history to record 100 sacks.

"Those are yellow-jacket type accolades," outside...

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Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints

As he does after each game, Childs Walker recaps five major takeaways from the Ravens' 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

1. The Ravens showed who they are in a game they had to win.

When I say they showed who they are, I literally mean all their key strengths and their one gaping weakness were on display in a crucial victory on the road.

After 15 days off, the Ravens had to feel considerable urgency as they tried to keep pace with the six other AFC teams — three in their own division — that finished the weekend with seven wins. Even if they were facing a reeling Saints team, Drew Brees in the Superdome is never a pushover.

The Ravens answered the call with a showcase of their many strengths. Running back Justin Forsett continued his improbable season with a career-best 182 yards, balanced by quarterback Joe Flacco’s cleanest performance in weeks. The offensive line opened huge holes and mostly kept the Saints off Flacco. The defensive front sacked Brees four times....

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Challenged by coaches, Ravens safety Will Hill delivered game-changing play

Ravens safety Will Hill's ears were practically ringing, and his pride was stung.

Throughout the week as Hill prepared to cover New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, he was constantly asked by the coaching staff if he was up to the task. That included inquiries from coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.

"All of the coaches came up to me and asked me if I was up to the challenge to defend him," Hill said. "I was like, 'Are you serious?' I just accepted the challenge and told myself, 'This is Monday Night Football and you have a great chance to make a statement.' I'm always going to bet on myself. I just stepped up to the challenge.

"I'm not even going to lie to you, Harbs on down, even Kubiak said, 'You got the big guy this week, you sure you're ready?' I studied a lot of film on him and noticed his tendencies. A guy like Graham is real physical. He's a really big guy and he doesn't expect anybody to get up on him. A defensive back, he tries to bully. I think I...

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Ravens rookie safety Terrence Brooks frustrated after failing to break up touchdown pass

Terrence Brooks was in prime position to prevent Drew Brees' 26-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston at the end of the first half Monday night.

But the Ravens' rookie free safety didn't react quickly enough or aggressively enough to make a play on the ball. Although the Ravens still won the game, 34-27, Brooks was highly annoyed with himself in the Ravens' locker room afterward.

"I should have made the play," Brooks said while shaking his head in disgust. "I read the play perfectly and I was in position to get a pick. Obviously, I didn't come up with it. I just got to be more aggressive on the ball and have that confidence and play how I'm supposed to play. I feel like I'm kind of in a rut.

"I'm actually up and down with it right now. I don't know what it is, but we got to figure it out fast and play better. That was a play I definitely should have made. It just didn't happen. I'm disappointed in myself and how I'm playing right now. This up-and-down thing, it don't matter if I'm a...

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