Meanwhile, the Ravens scratched cornerback Lardarius Webb. Webb only played four snaps agains the Clevleand Browns in his first game of the season before being pulled. He was ineffective and immobile against the Browns.
Some sports name three stars of the game after the game. I'll do that one better: I'm going to name them before the Ravens even play. These will be the three stars of the game when the Baltimore Ravens (2-1) host the the 2-1 Carolina Panthers.
All eyes will be on wide receiver Steve Smith, who faces the organization he played with for 13 seasons. While Joe Flacco will undoubtedly look to get Smith the ball early, he needs receivers Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown to be more involved in the passing game.
At every stop in his young football career, undrafted rookie James Hurst hasn't had much time to settle in before being thrust into a starting role. In both high school and college, it turned out he was ready the moment he walked onto the field, and the Ravens are hoping the same proves true on Sunday when he starts in place of left tackle Eugene Monroe, who underwent knee surgery on Wednesday.
The NFL is devoting commercial time to public service announcements from the No More anti-domestic violence campaign during all of its game broadcasts and time slots this weekend, including CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN, according to NFL spokesperson Joanna Hunter.
Ravens officials were asked Wednesday "to save any documents, texts, e-mails relating to Ray Rice" in preparation for the NFL's investigation being conducted by former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III, a team spokesman said.
Four days before the Ravens play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, Steve Smith was reflective. In a couple of months with his new team, he's established himself as quarterback Joe Flacco's go-to target with more than double the receiving yards than the next closest Raven. Smith has quieted some of the talk that he is in steady decline.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in a memo to all 32 teams, outlined the league's plan to offer support and enter into partnerships with organizations that work to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Maryland Food Bank will be joined over the next month by the State Police and the Baltimore Ravens for a communitywide drive to collect food and awareness for local families that risk going hungry.
As the Ravens' new starting safety tandem, both Darian Stewart and Matt Elam have built hard-hitting reputations. But neither player has distinguished himself on a regular basis in the NFL in pass coverage, with the duo combining for just two career interceptions.
The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver acknowledged some nervousness and excitement heading into his preseason debut with his new football team Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium.
Your regular blogger got stuck in traffic this morning on his way to Ravens Training Camp, so he didn't have time to review what happened in the local sports world yesterday. Lucky for you, that's why we write the Coffee Companion, which recaps the previous day's headlines.
For the past two seasons, Justin Tucker has been one of the NFL's best kickers and one of the league's biggest bargains. But the Ravens know that the time is coming soon where Tucker will get his big pay day and they are prepared to reward him.
As veteran cornerback Aaron Ross covered receivers Tuesday during his minicamp tryout with the Ravens, the former New York Giants starter quickly realized how long it's been since he's played football.