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  • Head injuries have NFL players worried about the future

    Head injuries have NFL players worried about the future
    They’re big. They’re fast. They’re strong.  And you can see something else in today’s NFL players:  they’re scared. Scared about what football might be doing to their brains. Scared about a possible lifetime of migraine...
  • Tale of the Tape: Jacoby Jones' season-saving catch

    Tale of the Tape: Jacoby Jones' season-saving catch
    Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week’s game. Today, he looks at -- what else? -- Joe Flacco’s game-tying touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones. Late Monday night,...
  • Film Study: Breaking down Ravens-Broncos and Patriots-Texans

    Film Study: Breaking down Ravens-Broncos and Patriots-Texans
    Ravens 38, Broncos 35, 2OT Strategy: It took a ton of wise decisions to triumph in the instant classic. Jim Caldwell blended aggressive deep passes with an old-fashioned approach on the ground, piling up 479 yards of total offense. Joe Flacco trusted...
  • With salary cap issues, Ravens might not be able to keep three young defenders

    With salary cap issues, Ravens might not be able to keep three young defenders
    Outside linebacker Paul Kruger emerged as a dangerous pass rusher this season, relentlessly tormenting quarterbacks. Inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe tapped into his potential as a versatile three-down defender, proving capable of chasing down running...
  • Atkins provides pressure for Bengals defense

    Atkins provides pressure for Bengals defense
    Hours before being named to his second Pro Bowl in as many years, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins took a moment to reflect on his first trip to the star-studded event in Hawaii. After completing a sophomore season that included tying...
  • Pierce finding stride

    Pierce finding stride
    The vision of Ravens rookie running back Bernard Pierce is clearer nowadays on the football field. Following a more patient approach has paid dividends for Pierce, and the AFC North champion Ravens. The third-round draft pick from Temple has emerged...
  • Matt Birk said he's 'living in the moment,' doesn't discuss future plans

    Matt Birk said he's 'living in the moment,' doesn't discuss future plans
    Ravens six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk laughed when asked about his future plans, joking that reporters had missed his announcement while preoccupied with inside linebacker Ray Lewis' retirement news. "I had a press conference the same time Ray did,...
  • Is the window closing on the Ravens' Super Bowl chances?

    Is the window closing on the Ravens' Super Bowl chances?
    Long before linebacker Ray Lewis decided it was his time to walk away from the hard-hitting game he had become the face of, teammate Terrell Suggs started to realize that time was running out. Not just for Lewis, but for himself and many of his...
  • Matt Birk not at a stage to make decision about retirement

    Matt Birk not at a stage to make decision about retirement
    Like Ed Reed, Matt Birk has a decision to make about his future with the Ravens. And like the free safety, the 15-year center declined to say whether he envisioned playing out the final two years of his contract. “I don’t know,” he...
  • Ravens running game powers offense to win

    Ravens running game powers offense to win
    The way Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are rolling up yards, the Ravens' running back duo may need a nickname of their own. Reviving memories of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (the Miami Dolphins' Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick) and "Thunder & Lightning"...
  • Bengals are sound on defense, ranking sixth overall

    Bengals are sound on defense, ranking sixth overall
    Although headlined by relentless Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins, the Cincinnati Bengals' defense is stingy on every level. Coordinated by Mike Zimmer, the Bengals rank sixth in total defense and allow 317.5 yards per contest. They're eigthh...
  • Which Joe Flacco will show up for Ravens against Redskins?

    Which Joe Flacco will show up for Ravens against Redskins?
    He has thrown his hands up in the air after a dropped pass, angrily ripped off his helmet after a stalled possession and loudly chastised himself after an errant throw. Joe Flacco's body language has been studied and scrutinized since the day he became...