Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
RUNNING IT BACK
It appears -- and let's hope -- that the injury report saga has come to an end for the Ravens. … Wide receiver and kickoff returner David Reed returned to practice this week, but he remains on the physically unable to perform list. … Aaron Wilson and I watched tape of the Ravens and the Oakland Raiders from last weekend. … Mike Preston thinks quarterback Joe Flacco, who he says is good but not great, will be here for a long time.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Quarterback Joe Flacco is trying to prove his worth in a contract year. … Linebacker Terrell Suggs got into another debate with ESPN's Skip Bayless. … Inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe continues to impress with Ray Lewis out. … The Ravens are looking at a stretch of "gunslingers" over the next few weeks.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
With running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson likely out Sunday, the Raiders may sign a free agent. … The Raiders have activated linebacker Aaron Curry from the PUP list. … Rookie Tony Bergstrom could be inserted into the Oakland offensive line.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Last night, I rambled about how this flawed, but good Ravens team has been maddeningly inconsistent and impossible to figure out, and that we will learn a lot about them in these next four weeks.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu could return for next week's game against the Ravens. … Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is frustrated by recent criticism. … Folks in Minnesota think Vikings running back Adrian Peterson should get the ball more often. … The Denver Broncos never lose faith with quarterback Peyton Manning out there. … Andy Reid thinks the Philadelphia Eagles can turn the season around.