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
The Ravens signed former Oakland Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson and put running back Bobby Rainey on injured reserve. … The Ravens brought back former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon, who will replace rookie safety Omar Brown on the practice squad. … Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is cherishing his recent playing time. … Mike Preston thinks Ray Rice will be the focal point of the offense on Sunday night.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Jacoby Jones has become a major weapon for the Ravens on special teams. … Even just the presence of linebacker Terrell Suggs is a boost for the Baltimore defense. … Are the Steelers under more pressure to win Sunday than the Ravens are? … Here is rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw flipping over a car.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a sprained shoulder and is questionable for Sunday's game. … Backup quarterback Byron Leftwich is ready if the Steelers need him. … The Steelers won't win the AFC North without Roethlisberger. … Safety Ryan Clark suffered another concussion during Pittsburgh win over Kansas City on Monday night. … Wide receiver Antonio Brown and safety Troy Polamalu could sit out Sunday.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
In this week's "Read and React" post, I responded to five pigskin pundits, including one who called the Ravens classless for faking a field goal in Sunday's blowout win against the Oakland Raiders.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is concerned that fans will want to watch games at home instead of at the stadium. … The wife of Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman gave birth to their fourth child, so no, he won't be missing a game due to that. … Charges against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson have been dropped. … The New York Jets reportedly cut ties with local product Aaron Maybin. … Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry is apparently terrified of horses.