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 

Ravens vs. Vikings Friday Injury Report and Game Status

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The Ravens could be without their best pass rusher when the Minnesota Vikings come to town Sunday, as Elvis Dumervil missed practice for the third straight day, and is officially listed as doubtful for the game. There is certainly an argument to be made that, if Doom needs to miss a game to heal up, this is the one to miss. In other “will he or won’t he” news, Ravens fans are once again eager to see if #88 steps on the field for the first time since the Super...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens vs. Vikings

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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 CONTAIN ADRIAN PETERSON When it comes to “All Day” Adrian Peterson, you can’t really stop him, you can only hope to contain him. In his only meeting with the Ravens, on his home turf of the Metrodome, Peterson had 143...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Christian Ponder suffered a concussion in the team’s overtime loss to Chicago last week, and was replaced by backup Matt Cassel. It looks like the former Kansas City Chief will also be lining up under center this week when the Vikings visit Charm City. Cassel has started two games in his career against the Ravens, both while a member of the Chiefs. The first was the 2010 Wild Card playoff, a game in which the Ravens battered Cassel to the tune of 9/18 for 70 yards,...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Vikings

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As the Ravens and Vikings prepare to meet for the first time since 2009 on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, both teams are coming off tight wins. The Ravens, of course, held off a furious late rally from Pittsburgh to win 22-20 on Thanksgiving night, while the Vikings came back to force overtime at home against the Chicago Bears, ultimately winning on Blair Walsh’s second game-winning field goal attempt of the extra frame. We all remember that game in 2009 at the Metrodome, right? Brett Favre threw three TD passes...

GIF: New Angle of Tomlin “Drifting” Toward Jacoby Jones

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I know, I know. It’s a dead horse at this point, and we just keep beating it. For that, I apologize. Yet, when I hear people say that Mike Tomlin’s act of standing extremely close to the field, and then stepping onto the field in an attempt to get off of the field was anything but a deliberate attempt to slow down Jacoby Jones, I, to quote Mugatu, “feel like I’m taking crazy pills!” In a new angle of the play from KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, you can see Tomlin actually stepping...

BUY OR SELL: Tomlin’s Turkey Day Theatrics

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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.   Mike Tomlin Interfered on Purpose After the Ravens’ heart-stopping win over Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving, a lot of the talk – in Baltimore and nationally – is on Mike Tomlin’s Bush League move to step on the field in front of Jacoby Jones on his...

CRAB BAG: This Time, Ravens/Steelers Feels Like Ravens/Steelers

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When the Ravens and Steelers met back in Week 7, fans on both sides were lamenting the fact that it didn’t feel like a typical Ravens/Steelers week. Pittsburgh was 1-4. Baltimore was 3-3. In addition, it looked like the Thanksgiving night game between the two squads would be an absolute clunker, with at least one of the teams having nothing to play for. Well, that’s not the case. More due to the fact that the AFC around them is completely mediocre and watered down than due to either the Ravens...

Ravens vs. Steelers Wednesday Injury Report and Game Status

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Both the Ravens and Steelers got their final walkthrough/practice sessions in early on Wednesday, trying to give themselves the most possible time to rest up after having just played on Sunday afternoon. The time from now up until tomorrow evening when most of America is in a tryptophan coma will be spent preparing mentally, rather than physically, for a game that could ultimately decide which – if either – of these two teams heads to the postseason in 2013. There was a surprise absence from Steelers practice today, as LaMarr...

TUESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Steelers

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With just over 48 hours before the Ravens and Steelers kick it off on Thanksgiving night, both teams look to be quite healthy. Per ESPN, Pittsburgh looks set to get back two defensive veterans, lineman Brett Keisel and linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Both have missed the Steelers’ last two games, but have been practicing this week in advance of the AFC North clash with Baltimore. In Owings Mills today, the chatter wasn’t about injuries, but about Joe Flacco’s comments on the “wildcat” offense. Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports that the Super...

MONDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Steelers

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The Ravens had a light walk-through practice on Monday in advance of their clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving night at M&T Bank Stadium. With both squads having played yesterday, there wasn’t much to do physically today. While the Ravens had a walk-through, reports out of Pittsburgh are that the Steelers didn’t practice at all (but still submitted an “estimated” injury report, per NFL policy). The Ravens came out of Sunday’s win over the New York Jets looking quite healthy, as the only real injury concern is backup safety...

CRAB BAG: Ravens Hope to Lift Off Against Jets

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Once again, the Jets and former Ravens defensive assistant/coordinator Rex Ryan come to Baltimore this week. This will be the third time the teams have met since Ryan left for Gang Green, with the Ravens winning both previous contests, in Week 1 of 2010 and Week 4 of 2011. While the Ravens are having a disappointing season, sitting at 4-6 in defense of their Super Bowl XLVII title, the Jets have been a pleasant surprise. Many expected them to win 4-5 games all season – and for Ryan’s job to...

Ravens vs. Jets Friday Injury Report and Game Status

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The Ravens got some good news on Friday, as defensive lineman Haloti Ngata returned to practice. It was the first time in two weeks that Ngata practiced in Owings Mills. The Ravens list the big man as questionable for Sunday’s game; as he practiced on Friday, he’ll likely be a game time decision, but the thought here is that he plays. They’ll need him, as Jets running back Chris Ivory does good work running between the tackles – something that is notably more difficult to accomplish when #92 is in...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens vs. Jets

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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 continue to move the ball on the ground Last week I predicted that the Ravens would finally find some success on the ground – I’m not patting myself on the back though; it was against the second-worst run defense in...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Jets

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As the Ravens and Jets prepare to meet on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, the Ravens had no changes to their injury report between Wednesday and Thursday. Which is to say, unfortunately, that starting defensive tackle Haloti Ngata once again did not take part in practice. Marlon Brown practiced fully once again, so Ravens fans should be hopeful that the surprising rookie will be back on the field Sunday to, hopefully, help the Ravens carve up the Jets’ 23rd-ranked pass defense. For the Jets, TE Kellen Winslow was...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Jets

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The big news around Baltimore Wednesday was that tight end Dennis Pitta returned to practice for the first time since breaking his hip in training camp last August. “It feels awesome to be able to get back and be in meetings with the guys and be able to hit the field a little bit,” Pitta told BR.com’s Garrett Downing. “I feel great. I’m going to take it slow though and make sure I can integrate myself back in, and I’m feeling good.” Ravens fans shouldn’t get too excited about any...

CRAB BAG: DAAAAAAAAAAAAA Bears

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After beating the Cincinnati Bengals in “thrilling” (some would say nauseating) fashion last week at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens are in a position to keep reeling in Cincy at the top of the AFC North. The Bengals face Cleveland this week with the Browns coming off their bye, so it’s very possible that they could lose their third straight. However, that won’t matter if the Ravens can’t get back to .500 at 5-5. They have their work cut out for them heading to Chicago, where they are 0-2 in...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens @ Bears

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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 (finally) have some success on the ground It’s seemingly now or never for the Ravens running game. In a battle of weaknesses, the Baltimore ground “attack” (30th in NFL at 73.1 ypg, tied for last at 2.8 ypc) clashes with...

Ravens @ Bears Friday Injury Report and Game Status

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Just like last week, the Ravens got a bit of good news on the injury front on Friday, as a few defensive starters who did not practice earlier in the week all returned to practice. Last week it was Daryl Smith, Terrell Suggs, and Jimmy Smith, while this week Lardarius Webb joined D.Smith in missing Wednesday and Thursday but practicing on Friday. Haloti Ngata did not practice at all this week. All three players are listed as questionable for Sunday. In addition, Terrell Suggs, who was banged up a bit during...

Thursday Practice Injury Report: Ravens @ Bears

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Well, on Monday John Harbaugh didn’t sound too worried about injuries to several key defensive starters, but as the week goes on here, and those guys still aren’t practicing, Ravens fans are getting a bit uneasy. Daryl Smith left the Cincinnati game after being involved in a tackle on the Bengals’ second-to-last offensive snap. All he missed at the end was the final fourth down stop. However, he has yet to practice this week. Lardarius Webb, coming off what was arguably the best game EVER by a Ravens cornerback, hasn’t...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Bears

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As the Baltimore Ravens continue to try to reel in the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North, the cherry on top of the good news sundae on Sunday was that they came out of the win with no new significant injuries. “We didn’t have anything that looks to be major, injury-wise,” John Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. That’s music to the ears of Ravens fans who saw Haloti Ngata, Daryl Smith, and Lardarius Webb all go out at various times on Sunday. Ngata had to be helped off...