“When we played those guys last time, I was dealing with a bad back. When I watch that tape, I'm like, 'I was really hurting.' I was really tight, but there's no excuse. He's strong, he's experienced and he knows how to get off tackles. He's been around forever. He knows all the veteran tricks.”

Chykie Brown fined

Ravens cornerback Chykie Brown has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for his illegal hit on Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen on Saturday.

Brown was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter after leading with his helmet and striking Dresseen high.

He is planning to appeal

Brigance to be part of coin toss

Ravens senior advisor to player development O.J. Brigance will serve as an honorary game captain Sunday and will be on the field for the pregame coin toss.

Brigance is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease and is in a wheelchair.

The former NFL linebacker still comes to work every day at the Ravens' training complex and delivers inspirational messages to the players. He has a charitable foundation devoted to research of Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Rooting interest

The loyalties of Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones and Patriots rookie defensive end Chandler Jones' parents will be divided Sunday when their sons' teams square off.

Arthur Jones is convinced that his parents will be cheering his team because he's their first-born son.

“They're definitely rooting for me,” he said. “I've been through all the drama. I got drafted late. They may tell Chandler one thing, but I know who they're rooting for me. My clock is ticking. Chandler can get a championship down the road.”

End zone

When Harbaugh was reminded that defensive coordinator Dean Pees jokingly suggested that one way to make Brady uncomfortable is to hire Tonya Harding, Harbaugh had a quick reply. “Is she available?” he said with a laugh. .. BWI Marshall Airport has issued an advisory reminding fans that there won't be an opportunity to greet the Ravens upon their return to Baltimore after Sunday’s game. Fans are discouraged from going to the airport terminal or property to try to see the players and coaches. ... The Patriots listed five players as probable on their injury report: cornerback Marquice Cole (finger), Jones (ankle), center Nick McDonald (shoulder), defensive end Trevor Scott (knee) and running back Danny Woodhead (thumb). New England removed cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (non-injury reasons) from the injury report. ... On injured reserve for the entire season with a broken left ankle that required surgery, Ravens defensive end Ryan McBean will attend Sunday's game. An unrestricted free agent, he's hoping to return next season. “I would love to be back,” said McBean, who is off crutches and still has metal plates in his ankle. “At this point, it's up in the air. We'll talk about it later on after the season, but I love it here.”

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