About Aaron Wilson

Aaron Wilson

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Boller Welcomes Flacco

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In an article originally published on May 2, 2008, just after the Ravens drafted Joe Flacco, the quarterback who Brian Billick believed would become the Ravens franchise quarterback shared his thoughts on the rookie signal caller.    OWINGS MILLS — The impending arrival of imposing rookie quarterback Joe Flacco is expected to literally cast a large shadow over returning veterans Kyle Boller and Troy Smith. Nonetheless, the ripple effect of the Baltimore Ravens tabbing Flacco as their quarterback of the future with the 18th overall pick of the first round...

Courtney Upshaw nearing return

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OWINGS MILLS — Courtney Upshaw is nearing his return to the practice field, perhaps even as soon as today, a development hinging on two factors. One, his right shoulder injury is no longer causing him as much pain. Upshaw has been sidelined for a week, but feels his condition has improved. "Most definitely," Upshaw said. "I’m getting treatment every day. I’m feeling good, actually. Whenever the trainer says it’s OK to go out there, I’ll be ready to go." Two, the Baltimore Ravens’ rookie outside linebacker and top draft pick...

TRAINING CAMP NOTES: Ravens hold open practice, Harbaugh: ‘Joe was on the money’

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BALTIMORE — Jacoby Jones broke toward the left corner of the end zone, racing past rookie cornerback Jordan Mabin to create enough space for Joe Flacco to lob him the football. Jones’ burgeoning chemistry with Flacco was on display as the veteran wide receiver hauled in a back-shoulder touchdown catch on a fade route. It was a crisp moment during the Baltimore Ravens’ open practice Saturday night before 20,324 at M&T Bank Stadium. And it was a much different experience for Jones than the last time he played in this...

McKinnie seeking answers to weighty issues

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BALTIMORE — Bulky offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie wants to get to the bottom of why he’s having trouble losing weight. So, the Baltimore Ravens’ left tackle will meet with a doctor Monday to discuss his diet and metabolism. McKinnie said he currently weighs about 360 pounds after playing at 370 pounds last season after being cut by the Minnesota Vikings last summer when he tipped the scales at 387 pounds. "I think it’s my metabolism," said McKinnie, who’s been activated from the non-football injury list after passing the conditioning test...

Ngata on the mend

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Baltimore ~ Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said he’s on track to participate fully Monday after being limited the past two days since passing the conditioning test. Ngata was activated from the physically unable to perform list Friday. "I’m way excited to be able to be out there," Ngata said. "I’m excited to get back out there Monday." Ngata is getting over a hamstring injury sustained when he initially tried to take the conditioning test, a series of timed running intervals. "Yeah, it sucked. You’re running and you feel...

TRAINING CAMP NOTES: Ravens M.A.S.H. Report

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Thirteen players didn’t practice during the open practice at M&T Bank Stadium. That includes running back Bernard Pierce (hamstring), wide receivers Tandon Doss (hamstring), David Reed (ACL surgery) and Patrick Williams (undisclosed), tight end Dennis Pitta (broken right hand), center Matt Birk (back spasms), offensive lineman Jah Reid (strained right calf), cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (back) and Cary Williams, linebackers Josh Bynes (undisclosed), Terrell Suggs (partially torn Achilles tendon) and defensive end Arthur Jones (strained hip flexor). Birk said his back is beginning to loosen up. He’s missed the past six...

Corey Graham beginning to look like a steal for Ravens

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OWINGS MILLS — Joe Flacco zeroed in on his intended target, confident that he could rifle the football into the waiting hands of wide receiver Tandon Doss. The Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback was mistaken, though. Veteran cornerback Corey Graham anticipated the pass, instinctively bursting in front of Doss for the interception last week. And Graham punctuated the turnover by racing into the end zone, having a bit of fun by taunting Flacco as he pursued him in vain. It wasn’t an aberration for the Pro Bowl special-teams ace. It’s practically been...

McKinnie, Ngata activated, practice for the first time of camp

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OWINGS MILLS — With the conditioning test finally conquered Friday morning, Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie were activated and practiced for the first time since arriving at training camp. Ngata had been sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained when he first attempted the conditioning test, a series of timed running intervals. He’s now off the physically unable to perform list. McKinnie told 24×7 when he reported last Sunday that he injured his lower back prior to the veteran reporting date last Wednesday....

Birk expected to miss first preseason game due to back spasms

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OWINGS MILLS — Six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk missed his fifth consecutive practice Friday due to back spasms, an ailment expected to keep him out until after the Baltimore Ravens’ first preseason game next week. Birk underwent surgery during the offseason to address varicose veins in his legs. Now, the 36-year-old is dealing with a back problem as the Ravens prepare for next Thursday’s preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. “Matt is resting,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He had some back spasms, too. It’s...

TRAINING CAMP NOTES: ‘Embrace the grind’

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Cornerback Jimmy Smith missed practice due to a back injury suffered during an indoor practice Thursday afternoon. “Jimmy’s back locked up,” Harbaugh said. “It’s all muscular. It’s something that happened to him in college. It takes a couple of days usually for that to loosen up.” Defensive end Arthur Jones was out the past two practices with a hip flexor injury. He had a magnetic resonance imaging exam, which revealed no tear and that it’s only a strained muscle. “He had a hip flexor issue that he’s been fighting through...

Jamal Lewis calls arrest a ‘misunderstanding’

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OWINGS MILLS — Former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis issued a statement reacting to his arrest Wednesday night in Georgia, where he was charged with a single count of child abandonment. “My arrest on Wednesday evening was the result of a misunderstanding rather than the result of me being an unfit father,” Lewis said in the statement. “I am a responsible parent and have always provided for my children. That fact cannot be disputed. I have made mistakes in my life, but failing to care for my children is...

Kelechi Osemele off to fast start

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OWINGS MILLS — Sergio Kindle kept spinning like a whirling dervish, haplessly turning his body in vain as he tried to elude the grasp of Baltimore Ravens rookie offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele. At every angle and turn, his charge was met by a powerful hand punch from Osemele reinforced by the torque and sound technique of a well-schooled 6-foot-5, 335-pounder. It was an exercise in frustration for Kindle during a pass-rushing drill Thursday afternoon akin to running into a mobile brick wall capable of mirroring his every step. Kindle never...

CAMP NOTEBOOK: Jimmy Smith leaves practice with apparent back injury

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith crumpled to the ground in a heap Thursday afternoon, staying down for a while before leaving the indoor practice field to get examined. He didn’t return. Although there was no formal diagnosis of what happened to the former first-round draft pick. Smith might have suffered a back injury. "I don’t know," defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "I didn’t find out afterwards. He just went down and grabbed his back. That’s all I saw. I don’t really know any extent of it." Smith...

REED: ‘I’m dealing with football right now’

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OWINGS MILLS — Sweating profusely after a practice where he intercepted two passes and dashed into the end zone for a touchdown off a Ray Lewis lateral, Ed Reed smiled, nodded and struck an entirely different tone than his combative, cryptic offseason remarks. The Baltimore Ravens’ mercurial star free safety spent his spring and summer dropping hints at a potential holdout, contemplated retirement and skipped a mandatory minicamp, a finable offense under the NFL collective bargaining agreement. Now that he’s ensconced again with the defending AFC North champions after being...

TRAINING CAMP NOTES: Pernell McPhee returns to practice

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OWINGS MILLS — Pernell McPhee isn’t chasing down quarterbacks just yet. That day isn’t far off, though, as the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive end returned to practice for the first time since the spring when he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. The team limited his work to individual drills and running as he was activated from the physically unable to perform list Having McPhee back for the first time since May makes the competition with Arthur Jones at left defensive end more interesting, and it injects the defense with a stronger pass...

Kruger making moves

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OWINGS MILLS — Paul Kruger set his feet, squared his shoulders and began barreling past blockers to clear the line of scrimmage and penetrate the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive backfield. His cleats were occupying the territory usually owned by NFL Defensive Player of the Year outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, one of the most feared defenders in the league. And Kruger is determined to prove that he belongs in that spot, a vacancy suddenly created in late April when Suggs partially tore his right Achilles tendon and later underwent surgery. The Pro...

TRAINING CAMP NOTES: Cundiff falls behind Tucker

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his right hand after a magnetic resonance imaging exam confirmed a broken bone. Pitta is slated to be out for the next four to six weeks, a timetable that should allow him to return in time for the Ravens’ Sept. 10 season-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. "Just kind of what we thought, as it turns out," coach John Harbaugh said. "We’ll be shooting for the first regular-season game. If it’s sooner than that, that would be...

Dennis Pitta may have broken his hand

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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has likely broken his hand Monday afternoon and will require surgery to repair the damage, a setback for one of the most reliable players on the offense Pitta is expected to be sidelined until the Ravens’ regular-season opener Sept. 10 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Although a magnetic resonance imaging exam and X-rays will be conducted today to confirm the initial diagnosis, the Ravens are concerned that Pitta will be out for the entire preseason. It’s the first major injury suffered by...

Anquan Boldin: ‘Each year, I feel like I get better’

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OWINGS MILLS — Anquan Boldin broke free across the middle with a smooth plant, cut and sprint, creating a tiny seam for himself in between defenders. It was enough for the Baltimore Ravens’ veteran wide receiver to haul in a short touchdown pass in traffic from Joe Flacco during a red-zone drill. And the well-practiced sequence offered another reminder that Boldin, 31, remains a pivotal figure in the Ravens’ offense despite being the oldest receiver on the roster. For Boldin, it’s about refining his craft and not taking for granted...

Sides inch closer towards new Flacco deal

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OWINGS MILLS — The agent for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco negotiated again with team officials Sunday at team headquarters, another step in the process of eventually working out a long-term deal. Joe Linta met with general manager Ozzie Newsome and vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty for several hours before driving home to Connecticut. "It was a good meeting," Linta told 24×7 in a telephone interview. "We’ll keep working. There’s no deadline. It’s always good talking with Ozzie and Pat. Those guys are pros." Flacco is due a...
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