The months of rehabilitation to strengthen the area around his twice fractured and dislocated right hip challenged Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta physically. Not being able to play all of last season and most of the previous two years tested his faith and patience. The weight of the decision he faced last spring on whether to attempt another comeback consumed him.
The Ravens placed tight end Dennis Pitta and free safety Terrence Brooks on the physically unable to perform list, an unsurprising development considering the severity and timing of their respective injuries.
It was a practiced motion, unremarkable except that Brooks tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee in December against the Jacksonville Jaguars while covering a kickoff.
Since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee last December against the Jacksonville Jaguars and having the damage repaired by Dr. James Andrews, Brooks says he's made steady progress in his rehabilitation.
Despite having ideal positioning in the end zone to stop the lob from Brees, rookie free safety Terrence Brooks didn't react quickly enough or aggressively enough to make a play on the ball as Colston grabbed the 26-yard touchdown pass in stride.
From first-round pick C.J. Mosley at inside linebacker to mid-round picks Terrence Brooks (safety) and John Urschel (guard) to undrafted tackle James Hurst, the Ravens' 2014 rookie class has proven to be one of the franchise's most successful in recent history.
Matt Elam played a season-low 15 snaps during the Ravens' 21-7 win Sunday over the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. The 2013 first-round draft pick from Florida made one tackle in nine running plays and six passing plays, and he had an additional tackle on special teams.
Some 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 Ravens host the 2-6 Tennessee Titans and aim to enter the bye next week at 6-4.
Cullen Little, 12, of Guilford, may be the youngest football commentator on the airwaves today. The Calvert School sixth grader is a football junkie, knows more about the game than many adults, started a Fantasy Football League at 9 years old, and is in five leagues now.