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Paul Kruger notches first sack of the season

The Baltimore Sun

Ravens veteran outside linebacker Paul Kruger measures his progress modestly these days: one play, one hit and one pass rush at a time.
Two games removed from a painful back injury that sidelined him against the Philadelphia Eagles, Kruger recorded his first sack of the season during a 23-16 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Although Kruger didn't start ahead of rookie Courtney Upshaw for the second consecutive game, Kruger did contribute two tackles, one sack and two pass deflections. It was the Ravens' only sack of the game.
"It's the first night I felt close to 100 percent," Kruger said. "I'm physically getting back more and more each week. I felt like myself again."
Kruger used a crisp swim move to get past Browns rookie right offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz to sack rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.
"I think we were getting pressure that we needed to," Kruger said. "There were a couple plays I thought I could have got there. I didn't use my counters and a couple of the moves I could have used on them. I made a couple good plays, too."
The Ravens nearly sacked Weeden on the final play of the game, one play after Kruger was penalized for unnecessary roughness for shoving Browns Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas after the whistle had blown. Kruger later accused Thomas of flopping.
A 28-year-old rookie from Oklahoma State, Weeden completed 25 of 52 passes for 320 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for a 59.8 passer rating.
"He made a lot of good plays," Kruger said. "They did what they needed to do to stay in the game. You got to give him credit for hanging in there.

"I think we could have played a little better as a defense. We'll make those corrections. We got the 'W,' which is the most important thing."

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