The Ravens' defense is bracing for an encounter with versatile Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush, blocking out plenty of time to prepare for his all-purpose capabilities. Although Bush aggravated his calf injury Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, he told Detroit reporters Wednesday that he intends to play Monday night against the Ravens.
Dennis Pitta made his season debut in Sunday's 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens tight end played 36 of the team's 85 offensive snaps and had six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Veteran defensive end Chris Canty was limited during the Ravens' light practice Monday night due to a shoulder injury. Canty briefly left the game Sunday during a 19-3 win over the New York Jets to head to the locker room for examination, but returned and finished the game.
A week after Ray Rice rushed for a season-high 131 yards in an overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, the star running back found himself in a timeshare with backup running back Bernard Pierce in Sunday's 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
The Ravens were without the services of Haloti Ngata during Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears. With Ngata sidelined, Terrence Cody got his first start of the 2013 season at nose tackle, played a season-high 35 defensive snaps and made one tackle.
Nose tackle Haloti Ngata, middle linebacker Daryl Smith, cornerback Lardarius Webb and defensive end Chris Canty all were back to work as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field,
It has been fun watching Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil chase after quarterbacks together. And after Suggs got off to a fast start, Dumervil closed the gap in that sack race with three sacks on Sunday.
Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones has now played four games since returning from a knee injury last month, but the veteran wide receiver has yet to overtake rookie Marlon Brown on the depth chart based on their playing time.
The Ravens have already seen how dangerous Cincinnati Bengals all-purpose rookie running back Giovani Bernard can transform a football game into an elaborate game of tag, eluding defenders with his unique set of cuts and moves.
"I do know him, I've understood and heard the things from his past," Canty said. "I'm not familiar with the things he's had going on since then, but it's really unfortunate this took place. I didn't see him as somebody capable of using those racial slurs and leading racially charged attacks on Jonathan Martin in the fashion that he did. I didn't see that.
As the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game against the first-place Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium, Ngata acknowledged Wednesday that he needed to raise his level of play to help stop a slide that has the team on the edge of the playoff picture.
The topics of hazing and bullying are being discussed in NFL locker rooms after the Miami Dolphins suspended veteran guard Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin, a second-year offensive tackle.
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.