Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins, one of the most disruptive interior linemen in the game, injured his right anterior cruciate ligament and is scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam today to confirm that it's torn.
The Miami Dolphins gave the Ravens a Halloween treat on Thursday night, scoring a strange 22-20 overtime victory that ended when Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was sacked in the end zone by Cam Wake for a walk-off safety.
Looking at which Baltimore Ravens got a lot of playing time and which Ravens rode the pine in the first seven games of the 2013 season. Only five players, including middle linebacker Daryl Smith, have played every snap.
Although it was a frequently bumpy ride that ended with him being replaced by Eugene Monroe as the Ravens' left tackle before being unloaded to the Dolphins, McKinnie says he harbors no hard feelings about his time in Baltimore and cherishes his Super Bowl ring.
As the Ravens packed their bags Sunday night in the locker room and took inventory of their season following a narrow loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs declared the defending Super Bowl champions were in a "state of emergency."
Standing at his locker Tuesday, Ravens defensive lineman Chris Canty laughed when informed that pushing teammate Arthur Jones from behind on a critical missed field-goal attempt by the Miami Dolphins was the impetus behind the renewed enforcement of an NFL rule change adopted before the season.
The Ravens entered their bye week in unfamiliar territory under Harbaugh. They are 3-4, the latest that they've had a losing record in Harbaugh's six seasons at the helm. They are also two games behind the first-place Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North.
The gist of it one day after a 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that included costly late special-teams breakdowns: Harbaugh's not going to tolerate substandard performances, and the team won't hesitate to make changes in an effort to upgrade the roster.
But more than a third of the way through this season, the Ravens search for a competent running game remains mystifying and Ravens running back Ray Rice, their three-time Pro Bowl back, has provided far more questions than answers.
In Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Ravens once again created little running room for their running backs, a troubling trend that could prompt the coaching staff to make schematic changes.
They could have been referring to first quarters or first downs and both would have been applicable. Success early in games and early on drives remains elusive for the Ravens and coach John Harbaugh and his staff has apparently tired of watching the same thing play out every week.
Six games into the season, the Baltimore Ravens are a .500 team with about 500 unanswered questions on offense. Their saving grace has been the revamped defense, which has played very well since Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos made it rain touchdowns in the season opener. The Green Bay Packers put up big numbers Sunday, but the Ravens remained in the game because the defense held firm.
It's been said and written that Terrell Suggs, who has seven sacks this season, has recaptured his 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year form after an injury-plagued 2012. But those who know him best insist that they're watching an even better player, one who is combining physical skills with a deeper knowledge of the game, an increased focus and a stronger desire to lead.
Just five days ago, the Ravens were left with only three healthy wide receivers for their game against the Miami Dolphins. When they put out their inactive list about 90 minutes before Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, they figure to have significantly tougher decisions to make.
After fielding a few questions Thursday about whether Terrell Suggs is playing better than he ever has and another about the effect that Elvis Dumervil has had on his pass rush, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees wanted to make sure everyone knew about the dirty work being done by Courtney Upshaw.
However, the Ravens still look like a team trying to find some consistency and in search of an offensive identity. With the Houston Texans struggling and the Dolphins still trying to establish themselves as contenders, the Ravens also are a without a signature win, albeit at a very early juncture of the season.