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Aging Ravens need a new crop of players to step into starring roles

Aging Ravens need a new crop of players to step into starring roles

The Ravens need the emergence of some new stars or their new season could crash and burn like last year.

There is no need for a snap judgment after one game, but there were some signs that indicate some of the team's older stars might not return to their previous levels, or even make it through the season.

Pro Bowl performers such as receiver Steve Smith Sr. and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who both recovered from torn Achilles injuries in the offseason, played in the Ravens 13-7 season-opening win against Buffalo, but were hardly dominant.

Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who had offseason foot surgery, didn't play at...

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