NFL will increase security at Sunday's games after terrorist attacks

Security will be beefed up both inside and outside of M&T Bank Stadium.

Following the terrorist attacks Friday in Paris that reportedly claimed the lives of more than 120 people, the league released a statement Saturday saying that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums.

However, the league has vowed to increase the presence of security and law enforcement officials both inside and outside of stadiums for this weekend’s games. The Ravens will host the Jacksonville Jaguars at 1 p.m. Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens deferred comment to the NFL on specific security measures being taken.

The increased presence isn't expected to have much of an effect on those attending the game, however.

"We don't anticipate any delays for our fans," said Kevin Byrne, the Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations.

Below is the statement from the league:

“The safety of our fans, stadium personnel, and teams at all NFL games is our priority, and security at our games is robust. Our procedures have been certified and designated by the Department of Homeland Security since 2008 as effective anti-terrorism technology. All NFL clubs use mandatory metal detector screening and multiple layers of perimeter security external to the stadium to safeguard fans and the stadium from explosive threats.

Following the events in Paris on Friday, we are closely monitoring events and have been in communication with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which have informed us that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums.

In addition to our standard procedures described above, there will be an increased security and law enforcement presence both inside and outside stadiums in the parking lots of our stadiums this weekend. We have been in contact with clubs hosting games to reinforce our standard procedures and the league's best practices.

We strongly recommend that fans do not bring bags with them to the stadium. If it is essential to bring a bag, it must be in compliance with the clear bag policy which requires that it be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceed 12" x 6" x 12". It is important that all fans comply with these requirements, and we appreciate their efforts to cooperate with these security measures.

The NFL and team security departments work closely with stadium operation personnel and federal, state, and local law enforcement to provide a safe experience for the more than 17 million fans who annually attend NFL games. The NFL and its teams continually evaluate and improve our comprehensive security plan.”

Note: The Ravens didn't activate Brent Urban before Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline, delaying the defensive end's NFL debut for at least another week. Urban returned to practice this week from the injured reserve with designation to return list after he tore his left biceps early in training camp. He missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury.  

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