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 

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...

CRAB BAG: Can Home Cooking Help Ravens Turn Things Around?

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After pushing their losing streak to three games – their second such streak since last December – the Ravens return home trying to avoid their first FOUR game losing streak since 2007. To do so, they’ll have to beat a Cincinnati Bengals team that is looking to run away with the AFC North, and push the two-time defending division winners further down in the process. However, Cincinnati has some question marks coming into this game as well, coming off a lackluster loss in Miami during which they lost their best...

Ravens vs. Bengals Friday Injury Report and Game Status

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The Ravens got a bit of good news on the injury front on Friday, as all three defensive starters who did not practice on Thursday – Daryl Smith, Terrell Suggs, and Jimmy Smith – all returned to practice. The Smiths are bot listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati, while Suggs comes in as probable. There was also some good news (from the Ravens’ perspective) coming from Cincinnati. Earlier in the week, head coach Marvin Lewis sounded optimistic that LB Rey Maualuga would be able to play on Sunday,...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens vs. 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 defense will force Andy Dalton into key mistakes Just as NFL fans and talking heads were ready to declare the Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback Andy Dalton as legitimate Super Bowl contenders, Dalton’s inconsistencies come roaring back in a big way. In Week...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Bengals

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As the Ravens get ready to take on the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, a few names that some Ravens fans may have forgotten have been popping up. First, on Wednesday Coach Harbaugh announced that Kapron Lewis-Moore would return to practice. Though the 2013 sixth-round draft pick remains on the Non-Football Injury List (he tore his ACL while playing for Notre Dame in the BCS Title Game in January), he is finally set to step on the field as a Raven. The Ravens have three weeks to...

Ed Reed Benched in Houston

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I said it back in February, and I’ll say it again now. I really wish my favorite player ever, Ed Reed, would have just retired after finally touching the Lombardi Trophy down in his hometown of New Orleans earlier this year. Not only because it pains me to see him put on another uniform (it does), but because of the nerve impingement in his neck that he’s been playing with for several years; a hit the wrong way could mean Ed never walks again. While that’s true in a way...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Bengals

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Well, the Ravens failed to take advantage of the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals coughing up a game in Miami last Thursday night, losing to the Browns in Cleveland. More good news for Cincy? They had a mini-bye to prepare for the Ravens – an extra few days of rest to get ready to come into Baltimore with the chance to really pile the dirt on the Super Bowl Champs’ hopes in 2013. However, even an extra few days of rest won’t be enough to help the Bengals’ biggest loss from that...

CRAB BAG: Can Ravens Continue Dominance Over Browns?

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As the Ravens come off their bye following a disappointing loss in Pittsburgh – and an overall disappointing 3-4 pre-bye performance – the good news is that they’re taking on the Cleveland Browns, a team that hasn’t beaten them since 2007. The bad news is that a streak of dominance like that has to come to an end at some point. The Ravens can only hope that it won’t be this week that the Browns finally put an end to it. Cleveland looked to be ready to make some noise...

Ravens @ Browns Friday Injury Report and Game Status

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The Ravens got some bad news on the injury front this afternoon. Guard Kelechi Osemele had been battling back problems for most of the season. After missing most of the Miami game, K.O. blamed his back spasms on a bad mattress at his hotel. However, he was a bit ominous earlier this week, saying that he wasn’t 100% and would need back surgery after the season. Just a few days later though, the case is that Osemele will have to have that surgery sooner rather than later, and will miss...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens at Browns

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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 run defense will shut down the Browns’ ground attack The Ravens defense comes into this game ranked 20th against the run, allowing 3.8 yards per carry and 104.3 yards per game. However, against Pittsburgh two weeks ago, the Steelers gashed them on...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Browns

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As the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns prepare to do battle for the 12th time in the Harbaugh/Flacco era, they find themselves in a bit of unfamiliar territory. A Cleveland win would actually put them ahead of the Ravens in the standings, as at 4-5, they would leapfrog over the Ravens, who would fall to 3-5 with a loss. Here in Baltimore, of course, we’re hoping for the opposite result, in which the Ravens pull back to .500 on the year at 4-4 with a win, and push Cleveland to...

Wednesday Injury Report: Ravens @ Browns

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Nothing like a bye week to get healthy. Before practice, John Harbaugh said that, for the first time all season, all 53 players on the Ravens’ active roster were to participate in practice. Of course, that 53-man active roster looks a bit different than it did two weeks ago as the team prepared to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the big news today was that the team cut veterans Michael Huff and Marcus Spears. Read more on those cuts here. However, Harbaugh was mistaken, as Michael Oher sat practice...

Ravens Cut Marcus Spears, Michael Huff

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Well, John Harbaugh wasn’t kidding when he said that the Ravens would do “whatever it takes” to right the ship, including “we’ll trade guys, we’ll cut guys, we’ll sign guys…” After signing former Bengals running back Bernard Scott earlier this week, the team announced today that they have cut offseason defensive additions Michael Huff and Marcus Spears. Huff has to be considered quite the bust. Brought in after a disappointing career in Oakland, the Ravens hoped that the former first-round pick would be rejuvenated with a winning organization and could...

CRAB BAG: Ravens/Steelers Turns 18!

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The 18th year of the Ravens/Steelers rivalry is upon us. While it lacks the history of Redskins-Cowboys or Packers-Bears, this rivalry has quickly (relatively speaking) blossomed into one of the best in the NFL. Since the Ravens entered the league in 1996, six teams have won multiple Super Bowls, and these two are both on that prestigious list (the others being Green Bay, Denver, New England, and the New York Giants). With both teams are struggling here in 2013, the level of national attention on this game isn’t what we’ve...