Now that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have implemented human growth hormone testing as part of a revised performance-enhancing drug policy, Ravens veteran defensive end Chris Canty is hoping that ensures a level playing field.
Emotional about the firing of star running back Ray Rice after a graphic video surfaced of him punching Janay Palmer in a casino elevator and stinging from a season-opening defeat, the Ravens play the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers in two days.
The Ravens are standing by Ray Rice no longer. The team announced Monday afternoon that it has terminated the contract of the 27-year-old running back on the same day a new video surfaced showing him striking his then-fiancee.
The free-agent departure of Arthur Jones in March had an immediate effect on the Ravens' locker room, where the defensive tackle regularly held court and displayed his boisterous, friendly personality.
Even after creating $3 million in salary-cap space by converting $4 million of Webb's $7.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, the Ravens are just $3.321 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
The Ravens pared their roster down to the NFL's required 53-player limit Saturday, choosing to keep two quarterbacks and seven wide receivers and leaving themselves thin at cornerback and along the offensive and defensive lines.
Before they left the visiting locker room at AT&T Stadium late Saturday night, the Ravens defense had reached a consensus in their evaluation of what had transpired over the previous three hours. The defenders believed that they had done some good things, but they also recognized that their play was nowhere near good enough.
Responding to a question about whether rookie safety Terrence Brooks could be an option in the nickel back role, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees' answer probably could have applied to several positions.
During Sunday's practice, the Ravens appeared to suffer their second serious injury of training camp at defensive end. Kapron Lewis-Moore was carted off the practice field in tears and obvious pain with what coach John Harbaugh later said appears to be a torn Achilles tendon.
Ravens defensive tackle Kapron Lewis-Moore waited exactly 19 months from his final college football play to suit up in a competitive game, and even though it was just the preseason, Lewis-Moore relished his game time Thursday night against San Francisco.
With the Ravens having spent two of their first five draft picks on defensive lineman and with Lewis-Moore now healthy after sitting out last year to rehab his knee, there is not a lot of room for anybody else to crack the rotation.
Despite a season where Daryl Smith established himself in the middle of the defense as the leading tackler with 123 tackles along with a career-high five sacks and three interceptions, the results left him unsatisfied. The Ravens finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time in five years.
Now, Canty has to apply again for medical approval to continue wearing his non-standarized facemask after being granted permission along with three other players last year, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Baltimore Sun in an email.
The Ravens contacted Haloti Ngata's representatives earlier this offseason to begin contract extension talks that the team hoped would allow the 30-year-old defensive lineman to finish his career in Baltimore.
Veteran outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, nose tackle Haloti Ngata and defensive end Chris Canty are attending the Ravens' mandatory minicamp after being absent from all of the organized team activities.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees won't know for sure until his players strap on the pads and can start making tackles, but if the way his young defense is getting to the ball in organized team activities is any indication, the Ravens might be nearing a return to their fast, ball-swarming defense of old
Canty finished with just 30 tackles, two sacks, four pass deflections and two forced fumbles last season. However, none of the sacks or forced fumbles happened during the final dozen games. Canty dealt with a lingering groin injury and wasn't nearly as disruptive as he was at the start of the season.
With 88 players under contract, the Ravens have $5.488 million available under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million under the rule of the top 51 salaries counting against the cap during the offseason.