About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold

RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek’s work has been featured on Charm City Current, Bleacher Report, and other online sports sites. Follow Derek on Twitter: @BMoreBirdsNest 

Ben Still Feeling the Pain (GIF)

Back in 2006, Ben Roethlisberger absorbed the hardest hit of his then-young career on the M&T Bank Stadium turf courtesy of Bart Scott. Last week, he was reminded of what it’s like to feel the purple pain, thanks to Courtney Upshaw. Of course, the difference is that back in 2006 you were still allowed to hit quarterbacks, so Scott wasn’t flagged while Upshaw was. Regardless, all’s well that ends well and the Ravens went on to the easy victory. Nearly a week later though, that hit is still fresh in...

CRAB BAG: Ravens Hope to Bounce Back vs. Steelers

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Well, at least it’s the perfect week for the Ravens to have a game on Thursday, so we can actually get down to talking about football now, instead of having several more days of off-field things dominating the airwaves and internet. The Ravens are staring the prospect of not just an 0-2 start in the face, but the worst possible case for 0-2 starts – 0-2 overall, 0-2 at home, and 0-2 within the division. Here’s hoping the team can rally around each other in the wake of a huge...

TUESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger, Brandon Williams
Let’s talk about football, shall we? As the Ravens get set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, they’re facing a potential disastrous 0-2 (overall, division, home) start to the season directly in the face. It’s as close to a must-win as you can have in Week 2. Here are the two teams’ injury reports from Tuesday’s practices:   Ravens Full Participation: G Marshal Yanda (foot); CB Lardarius Webb (back)   Pittsburgh Steelers Did Not Participate: RB Dri Archer (ankle/knee); DE Brett Kiesel (NiR); TE Heath Miller (NiR); WR Lance...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Ravens Fall to Cincy In Opener

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Dropped passes + poor decision making + 62 passes usually = Loss … And it did! Bone-headed choice by Dean Pees to not assign Jimmy Smith exclusively on AJ Green. Chykie Brown couldn’t cover a corpse with a blanket. – Tony Lombardi Unreal. The Ravens’ offense starts clicking and the defensive gives it up. 2013 all over again. – Paul Lukoskie Start playing before the second half. – Brian McFarland Shades of the 2013 Ravens were on full display today. The defense had no teeth and gave up another 4th...

CRAB BAG: Can Harbaugh Stay Perfect in Openers?

Are you ready for some football, Baltimore? The NFL Combine, the Draft, free agency, and minicamps filled our football fix through the spring, and reports out of training camp, fantasy drafts, and those awful preseason games kept us going during the dog days of summer, but all of that was just an extended appetizer. The main course is finally on its way, as the Ravens get set to open up with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at 1:00 PM at “The Big Crab Cake,” – or “The Bank,” if you...


For the second consecutive day, all Ravens were practicing. The Bengals, meanwhile, added a couple veterans to their injury report due to Non-injury Rest (NiR). Many fans were upset that the team released Josh Bynes earlier this week, so they’ll all be glad to know that Bynes is back in the building at 1 Winning Drive. He was re-signed to the practice squad, while rookie defensive tackle A. J. Pataiali’i was cut from the squad to make room. Welcome back, Josh! Here are your Ravens/Bengals injury reports for Thursday’s practices.  ...

Vine: Ray Lewis Statue Unveiled

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In a stroke of poor luck (or just a lot of people logging on at once), just as the Ray Lewis statue was set to be unveiled on Thursday morning, the live feed of the event that was streaming on BaltimoreRavens.com froze. Fortunately, for those of us unable to be in attendance, the Ravens filmed it, and posted this Vine of the unveiling immediately after. What do you think of the statue?


Well, here it is – our first official injury report of the 2014 NFL season. The Ravens are looking as healthy as could be hoped coming into Week 1, with just two players listed on their injury report. The Bengals, on the other hand, are sporting what looks more like a mid-October injury report here early in the week, with 10 players listed. Now it feels like football season, right Ravens fans? RAVENS FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Bernard Pierce (concussion), CB Lardarius Webb (back)   CINCINNATI BENGALS OUT: RB Max Burkhead (knee), WR...

Ravens Beat Cowboys in Uneven Effort: Knee-Jerk Reactions

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The Ravens were slightly schizophrenic against an awful Cowboys team. Good teams, even when they play poorly, will find a way to win. And by the way, my concerns about a lackluster pass rush and thin secondary continue to resonate. Will Matt Elam ever make an impactful play? – Tony Lombardi Offense can’t afford too many slow starts as we saw tonight. O-line struggled in pass protection, particularly left tackle Eugene Monroe. Running game certainly progressing. Secondary struggling as a unit and it could be a major concern if Lardarius...

Ravens Sign Safety Will Hill

After their secondary depth took a hit yesterday, when cornerback Aaron Ross tore his Achilles tendon taking the conditioning test, the Ravens have added another former New York Giant free agent. Per several sources, including Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the team has added safety Will Hill. Ravens have signed safety Will Hill. — Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) July 25, 2014 Hill, who went undrafted in 2011 out of the University of Florida, is currently serving a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. In the past, he’s...

CRAB BAG: Super Bowl XLVIII Edition

Well Ravens fans, Super Bowl Sunday will feel a whole lot different this year than it did a year ago, that’s for sure. But, that’s OK. Don’t we deserve a stress-free Super Sunday for once? Years and years of being on the edge of our seats having to hate/root against one team culminated in finally seeing our own squad on football’s biggest stage – stress overload, right? The last time I remember truly not caring who won “The Big Game” was back in the 2002 season when the Bucs were...

Mike Flacco to Enter NFL Draft

A few years ago, Baltimore had two Flacco brothers in their professional sports organizations – Joe was quarterbacking the Ravens, while little brother Mike was in the Orioles’ minor league system as a first baseman. After playing his college ball at CCBC Catonsville, Mike was drafted by the O’s in the 31st round of 2009. Following four seasons in the O’s minors though, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox organization in March of 2013. Mike decided to switch sports instead of going to the Red Sox (atta boy!)...

BUY OR SELL: Who Ravens Fans Should Root for in the Playoffs

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We’re switching things up a bit for BUY OR SELL this week… With the Ravens missing out on the postseason for the first time since 2007, we Ravens fans find ourselves in some unfamiliar territory. The holidays are over, the purple and black are out of it, and now there’s several inches of snow on the ground outside – the misery of “just winter” has set in earlier than usual in Charm City. However, there’s a silver lining – we get to watch the NFL Playoffs pretty much stress-free! The...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens @ Bengals

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It’s time for our weekly segment of Buy or Sell brought to you by Glen Burnie Motorsports. Each week, we pick three topics and let you know if we’re agreeing (buying) or disagreeing (selling) with the statement. Then, you vote and tell us what you think.   THE RAVENS WILL GET STEAMROLLED AGAIN Last Sunday against New England, the Ravens rolled out a turd onto the field at M&T Bank Stadium the likes of which we’ve seldom – if ever – seen during their time in Baltimore. Certainly, under the...

CRAB BAG: Ravens Hope for 6th Straight Postseason Appearance

For the fourth consecutive season, the Ravens and Bengals meet in the season finale. In 2010, the Ravens squeaked by Carson Palmer and Cincy at M&T Bank Stadium on their way to the postseason. In 2011, the Ravens beat rookie Andy Dalton’s squad at Paul Brown Stadium in a game that decided the AFC North Champion – losers Cincy were relegated to the Wild Card spot. Last year, the Ravens had nothing to play for, and pulled most starters early in the first quarter as the Bengals defeated Baltimore’s backups...

Ravens @ Bengals Friday Injury Report and Game Status

As the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens prepare to meet in Week 17 for the fourth consecutive season, both squads are a bit banged up. The Ravens list five starters as questionable, while the Bengals will be without CB Terence Newman and DT Devon Still, while also listing LB Vontaze Burfict and TE Jermaine Gresham as questionable, and rookie TE Tyler Eifert as doubtful. For Ravens running back Ray Rice, it only seems fitting that he would be dealing with injuries up to the very end (should this indeed prove...


With the Christmas holiday falling on Wednesday this week, the Ravens and Bengals made a slight adjustment to their respective practice schedules. The teams took the field to begin preparations for their Week 17 clash on Tuesday, while giving the players Wednesday off to spend with their families before getting back to it today. The team’s released “estimated” injury reports on Wednesday to comply with NFL rules. While this Sunday’s game doesn’t have nearly the ramifications that it would have if the Ravens had won (or if the Bengals had...

CRAB BAG: Another Chapter in Ravens/Pats

Two of the last three times these two teams have met were in AFC Championship Games, so they’re used to playing with a lot on the line. While the implications of this Sunday’s game at M&T Bank Stadium aren’t quite what those of the last two in Foxborough were, both the Ravens and Patriots have plenty to play for on Sunday. New England can lock up the AFC East crown with a win or tie (or a Miami loss or tie in the early game), while with a win and...