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WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Browns

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Ravens fans got a bit of a scare today when it was revealed that Joe Flacco missed practice. Some worried that it may have something to do with the hard hit to the head he took at the goalline during the Pittsburgh game last week, although he never left the game. Fortunately, it was revealed on the injury report that Joe just has a bit of a cold. Here are the full injury reports as the Ravens prepare to take on the 1-1 Cleveland Browns on Sunday:   Ravens DID...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: The Manziel Package

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Cleveland Browns Manziel vs. the Ravens? We all love to talk about Johnny Manziel and what he can do – but how will we feel when we list the possibility of him coming in against the Ravens? Last week in the team’s win against the Saints, Kyle Shanahan went with the Manziel package for just a handful of plays, to no success – if that makes you feel any better. The offense usually lines Manziel up in the pistol formation and lets him either hand the ball up the middle...

RAVENS LINKS: Browns QB Brian Hoyer on 105.7

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Behind Enemy Lines: Brian Hoyer Joins the Scott Garceau Show Scott Garceau, Jeremy Conn, Jason La Canfora and Browns starting QB Brian Hoyer talked yesterday on 105.7 the Fan. Hear what Hoyer had to say here. Joint NFL-NFLPA Statement on Changes to Steroid Policy After this was posted, the NFL released a statement on the details of the changes to the steroid policy that includes HGH testing. LINK Will Hill’s Suspension be reduced? CSN Baltimore’s Ravens insider, Clifton Brown talks about the NFL’s new drug policy and whether or not...

Ben Still Feeling the Pain (GIF)

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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...

Section 336 Episode 79: Make a Statue Out of Him

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Last season we were your “Official” Sports Talk Show for Purple Fridays, but today is Wednesday – a “Purple Wednesday,” if you will, and we’re still….: uncensored, no holds barred unchained, off the hook coming to you in HD and Stereoscopic sound… Section 336 Listener Line! 410-449-0751 Email: mail@section336.com Today on the show: Bert talks Rihanna, Josh cheats in our lock it up segment, and we go back in time for our top ten segment.   Ravens Trounce Steelers – Recap Flacco – 21/29, 166 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT...

Ravens Notes And Eye Opening Stats Through Week 2

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With the results of week two set in stone and all thirty-two teams looking ahead to week three, let’s take a look at a few key notes and stats of the still young 2014 season along with a couple of standout Ravens performers. More Forsett/Pierce news: - After racking up 126 yards on just 19 attempts in the first two games of the season, RB Justin Forsett will go into FirstEnergy Stadium with the highest YPC (6.6) in the NFL, while Forsett and Bernard Pierce ( 28/113) have combined for...

Two-Minute Drill: Week 3

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While it’s still a bit too early to start evaluating teams, trends are beginning to form. Philadelphia looks like a good team but they need to break their habit of getting behind early. San Francisco is also quite talented, but if they don’t fix their coverage issues, what happened against the Bears on Sunday night will continue to occur. Baltimore had a resounding win last Thursday night, but can they carry the momentum of a win over to the next game–something they’ve been unable to do in the past? By...

FANTASY LINKS: Will Baltimore Native Ever Break Out?

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Is a Breakout Ever Going to Come for Tavon Austin? So far this season, Tavon Austin has 5 total points and was injured in the first quarter of St. Louis’ game in Tampa Bay. numberFire writer, Joe Redemann tells us what he thinks about the Dunbar alum’s fantasy prospects. LINK Fantasy Fast Forward: Cousins proves his worth It appears as though Robert Griffin III will be out of the Redskins’ lineup for the foreseeable future. Kirk Cousins, drafted in the same year in the 4th round as RG3, will man...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: O-Line Getting it Done!

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Reality:  The Ravens are 1-1. Perception: So far, so good. The Ravens were flat in the first half of game 1 against the Bengals, but came close to a come-from-behind win. The Bengals are better than I have given them credit for, and some say they could be the best team in the AFC. It’s not great to give away a divisional game, but for Week 1, the Ravens did alright. The win against the Steelers was one of the best all-around games I’ve seen the Ravens play against a...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Zuttah’s Noticeable Presence

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Through two games for the Baltimore Ravens, other than red zone efficiency there’s been little to complain about offensively. Quarterback Joe Flacco appears to be growing in Gary Kubiak’s offense, the usage of tight ends has increased as expected, Steve Smith Sr. has made an instant impact, Justin Forsett has fared well, but most importantly, the offensive line looks much improved. From a healthy Kelechi Osemele to a not-so bad first two games from Ricky Wagner, all five offensive line positions look to be reliable commodities as the team heads...

CONFESSIONS OF A SPORTS NUT: I Love Coaches

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Coaches are my favorite people in sports. And it’s not even close. Please understand this for simplicity sake: When I reference “coaches”, I’m using the generic term for “the man or woman who runs the team”, so a baseball manager, for example, would obviously be included even though the title is “manager”, not coach. In the spirit of transparency, I’ll let you know I’m a coach. I’ve been coaching high school golf in Baltimore for the last four years and I’m currently the head golf coach at Calvert Hall High...

Elam Doubles Down as Nickel Corner

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The Ravens probably had a great set of plans for their secondary heading into the 2014 season. Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith would be locking down the corner spots with an improved Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson coming in when needed. Matt Elam and Darian Stewart would be roaming the back line of defense, and all would be perfect for the Dean Pees led defense. Injuries happened. Wrenches were thrown at the Ravens coaching staff. Webb obviously hasn’t shown that he’s game ready (something Harbaugh would neither confirm nor deny...

THE FINAL WORD: A Blueprint to Defeat the Champs

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Here are the thoughts weighing on my mind from Week 2.  Led by Phillip Rivers, the San Diego offense was in full control over the defending champions. They controlled the ball for over 42 minutes, frustrated the Seattle secondary with 10 third-down conversions, and made a statement to the league in the sweltering 110-degree heat. The statement is this: Put together a well-devised game plan and stay patient on offense against the Seahawks and you’ve got a chance. Yes, not everyone has Rivers and Antonio Gates (7 catches, 96 yards,...

Who Let The Dawgs Out?

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The first two weeks of the NFL season have been full of surprises and upsets. My picks in week one were dreadful to put it bluntly. The Bills over the Bears? Miami’s defense making Tom Brady look old and slow? Parity seems to be at an all time high in 2014. Perhaps the biggest shocker of the first two weeks though was seeing Cleveland upset the Saints yesterday. By doing so they sent a message to the Ravens and the rest of the league that these aren’t the same dreadful...

RAVENS LINKS: Ngata Gives Iowa Teen His Dream

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Haloti Ngata grants Iowa teen trip of a lifetime We often hear about all of the bad things NFL players do off the field. This is not one of those cases. KCCI in Iowa has the story here. NFL schedule-makers did the Ravens no favors Chuck Mills of Baltimore Beatdown doesn’t like the Ravens’ schedule. Let him tell you why here. Drew’s Morning Dish – The days of taking the Cleveland Browns for granted are apparently over Drew Forrester discusses, among other things, the Cleveland Browns, the changing landscape in...

PURPLE PONDERINGS: Where’s Arthur?

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Many Ravens fans are concerned about the play of Arthur Brown, or the lack thereof. The promising 2013 second-round pick from Kansas State has yet to dress for the Ravens in 2014 and many have speculated as to why. The team holds Brown in high regard and at times he has shown sick athleticism from the inside linebacker position. Team insiders will tell you that at times he can make plays that will make you pause and think – Navarro Bowman. Unfortunately Brown has not developed the consistency that the...

Ravens Racking up Numbers Through 2

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Through the first two games of the season, the Ravens have flaunted their improved and dangerous ground game led by Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce and an impressive and physically imposing O-Line. After rushing for 96 yards on 22 carries against the Steelers, his highest yardage total in a single game since posting 123 yards on 14 carries against the New York Giants on 12/23/2012, Pierce is projected to register a career-high 904 yards. The ”lightning” half of the duo, Justin Forsett, has had a tremendous start to his tenure in...

Former Drive Time Sports Talker Joins RSR

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A few weeks ago we all heard about “The Turk’s” visit to WNST, the day when station majority owner Nestor Aparicio decided that the then current configuration of administrative and on-air staff was no longer consistent with his vision for AM 1570. The station that once claimed to have balls was seemingly left with no one to play with them, save of course the enigmatic Aparicio. Upon hearing the news my first thought centered on Drew Forrester. After all that he’s brought to that station in terms of content, new...

A Balanced Perspective on Ray and Janay Rice

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One of my partners, Bill Pisano, spoke to Ravens play-by-play broadcaster and WBAL sports anchor Gerry Sandusky recently about his daughter Katy’s blog that focused in on Ray Rice. It was posted on Facebook. With Gerry’s permission we are posting it here on RSR. It provides a very unique perspective laced with wisdom beyond Katy’s 23 years. Thank you Gerry and thank you Katy. ~ Tony Lombardi ***** Given my work in professional sports and in relationship violence prevention, a lot of people have asked me lately my opinion on...

FILMSTUDY: Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Steelers

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Each lineman played all 63 snaps (excludes 2 kneels): Monroe: Eugene had his 2nd consecutive solid game. For reasons that are probably obvious, interior linemen have higher block percentages in level 2, but he connected on 4 of 6, which is good for a tackle. His only negative pass-blocking score came when he was bulled by the stunting Keisel for a pressure (Q2, 8:11). I also charged him with half of the penetration (shared with Zuttah, Q2, 2:15) when he failed to throw Jarvis Jones enough past the play in...