Days after chalking up the lengthy amount of time running back Ray Rice was relegated to the bench Sunday to strategic reasons, Ravens coach John Harbaugh now says he doesn't have a strong explanation for why the three-time Pro Bowl selection wasn't on the field.
Following a disappointing 8-8 season in which the Ravens failed to qualify for the playoffs after making it the previous five seasons under coach John Harbaugh, they face another challenging offseason filled with difficult personnel and salary cap decisions.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was officially activated from injured reserve-designated to return today prior to a 4 p.m. NFL deadline, clearing the way for him to make his return to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Pitta participated in team drills all week without incident after being limited to individual That included making a diving catch for a touchdown and landing on his surgically-repaired right hip and bouncing up unfazed, according to a source.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin drifted onto the field with his back turned to the play in the third quarter Thursday night, narrowly avoiding a collision with Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones during a long kickoff return.
Ravens strong safety James Ihedigbo is active for today's game against the Cincinnati Bengals after injuring his to in practice Friday during a one-one-one drill when he got tangled up with a receiver.
Baltimore Ravens fullback Vonta Leach played a season-low two offensive snaps, inside linebacker Jameel McClain took on a larger role and more playing time observations from Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The growing timing and chemistry between Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown was one of the lone bright spots Sunday during a disheartening loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The Ravens returned to practice Monday after getting the mandatory four days off for the bye week. Harbaugh said that the bye week provided players with a good opportunity to get some rest and spend some time with their families, and all of them came back on time and "with a lot of enthusiasm."
The Ravens on Monday used their open roster spot to sign former Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott, who will presumably start out as their third back behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. So what are the Ravens getting in Scott, besides backfield depth?
Ten months after suffering a spinal cord contusion that had endangered his NFL career, McClain returned to practice for the first time. McClain gained medical clearance last week when his latest magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed no more signs of the bruising damage sustained during a hit last December against the Washington Redskins.
Every week, we hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens' opponent that week. On Monday night, the Cincinnati Bengals come to Baltimore, so we're happy to start off the season off by chatting with Joe Reedy, who has covered the Bengals as The Cincinnati Enquirer's Bengals beat reporter since 2009. We discussed Andy Dalton, Ray Rice and 30 years of inconsistency in Cincy.