Count Rex Ryan as being one of those surprised by the Ravens¿ offensive performance against the Rams. ... Ben Grubbs, Matt Birk and Cory Redding returned to practice on Thursday. With a bye week coming up after the Jets game, Grubbs might be held out on Sunday. ... Terrell Suggs revealed on Wednesday that he is getting some reps on offense. ... Andy MacPhail and Buck Showalter met with Orioles owner Peter Angelos for several hours on Thursday, but any resolution that might have resulted was not disclosed. ... The season-ending win over Boston was the most watched Wednesday night game on ESPN since 1998.
Now that the Ravens signed Haloti Ngata to a five-year, $61 million deal, Joe Flacco and Ray Rice could be next. ... On Wednesday, Matt Birk, Terrence Cody and Cory Redding were the latest Ravens to sit out practice. ... Caught between the need to rest his ailing ankle and his desire to play, Lee Evans may err on the side of caution Sunday. ... Michael Oher vowed to eliminate false starts. ... David Reed hopes to avoid surgery. ... Those spoiling O's beat the Red Sox again. ... 1st Mariner Arena officials are optimistic that they can prevent the ice issues from the Baltimore Hockey Classic if the Capitals choose to return in 2012.
As if a fourth preseason game that featured few Ravens starters could get any less compelling, any intrigue for this one was sent to the locker room midway through the first quarter when rookie quarterback Tyrod Taylor injured his shoulder.
Baltimore's biggest worry is the offensive line, which has had an up-and-down preseason. Blame it on injuries and the subsequent shuffling along the line if you want. The Ravens have had a different combination of five linemen in each of their preseason games, and left guard Ben Grubbs is the only player who has lined up at his projected position throughout the entire preseason.
Thanks to three touchdown drives by the first-team offense and a last-minute drive led by Tyrod Taylor, the Ravens overcame a 14-point first-quarter deficit to win their alleged preseason rivalry game against the Redskins, 34-31. Here is what is on my mind after the Ravens won their second straight preseason game.