Antonio Brown left last weekend's wild-card win over Cincinnati after taking a shot to the head from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Brown has not practiced all week while following the NFL's concussion protocol.
The Ravens are again looking up at the Bengals and Steelers in the standings, and the gap between the three franchises is wider than it has been in several seasons. When the Ravens (4-10) face the Steelers and Bengals over the final two weeks of the regular season, they'll be playing out the string while their division foes are priming themselves for potential playoff runs.
A state of the Ravens news conference has never been so highly anticipated. It's time to hear from owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and what Bisciotti thought about this season and how he plans to rectify the problems.
This week's five stats that stand out focus heavily on the Pittsburgh Steelers passing game, the Ravens' ability to stop them, and of course, the injuries that have hampered the Ravens this season but haven't slowed Pittsburgh.
Michael Vick and Antonio Brown have spent as much time as they can on the field and off ¿ and Brown adding more with the re-calibrated Jugs to simulate a left-hander's spin on the ball ¿ to try to learn as much about each other.
In the Ravens' 28-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Jimmy Smith was beaten consistently by star receiver A.J. Green, who caught 10 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with just over two minutes remaining. Following the Ravens' practice Monday, Smith's focus was already on his next challenge,
As the Ravens secondary gathered itself after a second crushing defeat in which most of the blame was placed on their shoulders, cornerback Jimmy Smith sat with his forehead resting on his hands, his lack of success marking the Bengals' top receiver weighing heavily on him.
Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg confirmed on Thursday that Steve Smith Sr. will remain the Ravens' primary punt returner, maintaining that the wide receiver is the team's best option in that role.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith's presence gives this year's team a leg up on the team that limped through the postseason last season with a porous pass defense after it lost Smith during what seemed like a surefire Pro Bowl season.
As the Ravens start their camp, they do so with a desire to build a smoother path through the playoffs by winning a division title to earn at least one home playoff game. Their bigger goal is earning home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with the top record in the AFC.
The Ravens' inability to draft and develop an elite wide receiver is one of the few blemishes on general manager Ozzie Newsome's resume. But last year's NFL rookie class is changing the perception of drafting a receiver.