Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine. 

 Running it back:


Hampered by a growing injury list, Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Monday turned players loose for the bye week rather than trying to squeeze an extra practice out of his depleted troops. ... Early results show the Ravens defense could be special. ... The status of Tom Zbikowski is unclear after the safety suffered a concussion in the Ravens' 34-17 victory over the Jets on Sunday night. ... Andre Gurode may still have a role when Ben Grubbs returns from injury. ... Former Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown died from diabetic ketoacidosis. ... The respective statuses of Andy MacPhail and Buck Showalter have yet to be revealed. ... Officials backed the taunting penalty called against Navy's Kriss Proctor in Saturday's loss.

Hitting the links:

1. Mike Preston: It's OK to drink Purple Kool-Aid [Baltimore Sun]

2. Kevin Van Valkenburg chatted it up on Monday [Ravens Insider]

3. John Eisenberg rewound the win over the Jets [CSN Baltimore]

4. Rex Ryan is still subdued after Sunday night [N.Y. Daily News]

5. Is the Ravens defense worthy of its predecessors? [AP]

6. The reshuffled secondary got it done [Carroll County Times]

7. Joe Flacco has completed less than 50 percent of his throws this season [ESPN]

8. Joe Flacco was one of this week's least valuable players [Shutdown Corner]

9. John Harbaugh said he isn't worried about his starting quarterback [Ravens.com]

10. Ray Rice is on pace for his best season in terms of yards from scrimmage [Baltimore Sports Report]

11. Nick Markakis reflects on his 2011 season [MASN]

12. Randy Edsall is off to a rocky start [ESPN]


13. Recruits are noticing Randy Edsall and the Terps [ESPN]

Video of the morning:

If "Moneyball" was about the New York Yankees [via Hot Clicks]

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