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Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported on his Twitter account Monday morning that the Ravens could be interested in outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, whom the Chargers last week placed on the injured reserved list with a minor-injury designation, meaning other teams can sign him once he's healthy .

"Ravens would have interest in Shawne Merriman w/2 big ifs--if he passes physical in next 24 hours, and if it's a relatively low-money deal," King wrote on Twitter.

The Ravens, who are in win-now mode in 2010, could use help chasing down quarterbacks, and Merriman, a Washington, D.C. native and former Terp, has 43.5 sacks in his six-year career. But he has been slowed by injuries over the last three seasons, recording four sacks while playing in just 18 games.

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Keep an eye on this one. 

And that brings us to Willis McGahee, whose curious absence from Sunday's game plan has once again fueled speculation that he is on the trade block. The NFL's trade deadline is on Tuesday.

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"It wasn't part of the plan or anything like that," coach John Harbaugh said when asked about McGahee riding the pine pony against the Patriots. "I am not sure as far as a rotation. This is a kind of game that Ray can excel in, with the type of plays we were running and the surface of the field. Ray was doing OK, too."

It's unclear which teams might be interested in McGahee, but the Packers, Broncos, Saints and yes, the Patriots, could all use upgrades at running back. It seems unlikely that the Ravens, who as I said are in win-now mode in 2010, would trade McGahee for a draft pick or picks. Instead, they might use him as bait for an upgrade at cornerback, offensive tackle or defensive end.

Keep an eye on this one.

Update: Actually, there is no need to keep an eye on the McGahee situation. Harbaugh said Monday afternoon that McGahee will remain with the Ravens for the rest of the season. 

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