Ravens to square off against ex-teammate A.Q. Shipley

The Baltimore Sun

Days after the Ravens cut offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley, the veteran blocker was starting for the Colts in their season-opener against the Denver Broncos.

Traded to the Ravens from the Colts last year for a seventh-round draft pick, Shipley wound up starting nine games at left guard when Kelechi Osemele had to undergo back surgery. Now, Shipley is set to square off against his former team on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“A.Q. has done a great job of coming in, being a pro,” quarterback Andrew Luck said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters. “Came in the Monday before we played our opener, and starts that opener. Heck of a job, and I’m glad that we had history beforehand from my rookie year where we played a bunch of games together.

"So, we had a history in a sense. He’s a consummate professional and the type of teammate, the type of guy you want in a locker room.”

Colts coach Chuck Pagano praised Shipley’s work, which has included starting the first four games of the season for the NFL’s top-ranked offense.

“He’s doing great,” Pagano said. “When we had a couple guys get injured, [we were lucky] that he was available. Obviously, we knew him and knew what we were getting.”

End zone

The Ravens’ players taped video messages of support for the Orioles, whose American League Division series starts Thursday against the Detroit Tigers. Although he’s a Michigan native, Harbaugh says he’ll be rooting for the Orioles. His wife, Ingrid, is a different story. “I love the Tigers, but I’m pulling for the Orioles,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “My wife, well, she’s hardcore. She loves her Tigers, man. She loves her Tigers and her Red Wings and her Pistons. She’s not so big on the Lions, but she likes [Lions coach and former Ravens offensive coordinator] Jim Caldwell.” … Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and wide receiver Reggie Wayne didn't practice for non-injury reasons. Former Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones remains out with an ankle injury and is a question mark for Sunday. Jones signed a five-year $33 million contract in March that included $16 million guaranteed. “He’s getting better every day and trending in the right direction,” Pagano said. “Hopefully, maybe, he makes it back for the game.”

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