2 MINUTE WARNING: Ravens News and Notes

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Vonta Leach still hasn’t signed with another club and the longer this process goes on, the more likely the chances are that he’ll be dressed in purple again for the 2013 season. The fact that he remains unsigned is a clear signal that the offers being presented by allegedly interested teams aren’t measurably better than the offer he has on the table from the Ravens. This process looks and feels a lot like that of Bryant McKinnie when the Ravens offensive tackle visited with other teams. Training camps across the...

Ravens fans can relate to the Aaron Hernandez case

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In 2000, Baltimore Ravens fans were devastated and worried at the same time. Future Hall-of-Fame Linebacker Ray Lewis was accused of double murder outside an Atlanta nightclub. He was hanging around the wrong crowd. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ravens fans are more in touch than other NFL fans with what happened that night, as they watched around-the-clock coverage. The others just assumed the worst. In the end, Ray Lewis was cleared of murder, pleading to the much lesser charge, obstruction of justice. The court...

Ray Lewis’ Summer Days event shines

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Number 52 was back in Baltimore over the weekend and it wasn’t for mandatory mini-camp this season. Retired Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was in town to celebrate his 9th Annual Walmart Ray’s Summer Days program. Entering its 9th year, Walmart Ray’s Summer Days has established itself as the premier summertime fundraising event in Baltimore. Since the inception of Summer Days, the Ray Lewis Family Foundation has taken major steps towards raising significant money and economic benefits for the community of Baltimore, State of Maryland and additional international charities. A sold-out crowd was...

Even in Retirement Ray Lewis’ Timing is Spot On!

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During the final defensive snap of Super Bowl XLVII, my eyes were glued on only one man – #52 Ray Lewis. It would be the last play of a storied 17-year NFL career, and was a bittersweet moment for all Baltimore Ravens’ fans. The Lombardi was almost in our team’s possession, yet a legacy was about to come to an end. While we’d all love to see Ray Lewis continue to play and inspire both the team and fans on Sundays, Ray’s last ride couldn’t have ended at a better...

Art Modell’s induction to Hall Of Fame would be storybook ending

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The Baltimore Ravens will make their second appearance in the Super Bowl after defeating the Patriots 28-13 last night in Foxborough. Catching the Lamar Hunt Trophy presentation, I was proud and honored that the Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and several Ravens players made mention of former Ravens owner Art Modell. Linebacker Ray Lewis, who had a very close relationship with Art, celebrated wearing a shirt with his picture on the front. Modell  passed away just before the start of the season at the age of 87 and the Ravens continue to celebrate...

So why is Ray’s retirement such a big deal for fans?

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I’ve seen some grumbling in the national media (Terry Bradshaw), from current NFL players (Reggie Wayne), and from countless fans of other teams who don’t understand why Ray Lewis’ retiring is such a big deal to Ravens fans. I was sort of surprised at first, but then I realized you have to be a fan to truly understand, and you have to keep in mind the history of Baltimore football–not to mention the history of the NFL. Once upon a time, the Baltimore Colts won a Championship in 1958, a...

A Super Bowl win could end Ozzie’s days in Baltimore

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The game clock read 1:44 in the fourth quarter with the Ravens trailing 23-20 and 2 timeouts remaining. After a big defensive stand to force a Patriots punt the Ravens took over on their own 21 after a 4-yard Lardarius Webb return. Forty-six seconds later the Ravens faced a third and 1 from their own 48 and called their second timeout after which, Joe Flacco connected on a short pass to Anquan Boldin who navigated the New England secondary for 29 yards down to the Patriots 23. Boldin was having...

Ray Lewis’ swan song will be more epic than 2131

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As kickoff approaches on Sunday and the anticipation builds for what will likely be the last time Ray Lewis emerges from the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium, I can’t help but to think back to Cal Ripken Jr.’s epic 2131 game on September 6, 1995. Cal was MLB’s poster child. His perseverance and mind boggling streak of consecutive games combined with a well-crafted wholesome image was a needed distraction for a league coming off a strike-shortened season during which the Fall Classic, the World Series was canceled. Originally I didn’t...

Ray Lewis announces that he will retire following postseason

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However far the Ravens get in the 2012 postseason, that’s how many games Ray Lewis has left in his illustrious NFL career. Today during the media portion of the locker room, Ray told reporters that this is his “last ride.” This came right on the heels of his telling the same group of assembled media that his triceps muscle is “100%.” Below are some more quotes from Ray, courtesy of J.Michael of CSNBaltimore.com. While many expected that this could possibly be Ray’s final season, hearing him announce it still comes...

Sunday could be the final time Ray Lewis dances out of the tunnel

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On Sunday, the Ravens will play what could be their final home game of the season. Multiple scenarios are in play but it remains simple – beat either the Giants or the Bengals over the final two weeks and they’re AFC North champions. That would guarantee them an additional home game in the postseason. As current owners of a three-game losing streak, an injured defense, and a sputtering offense, the Ravens know that nothing is guaranteed. If they clinch the AFC North, they’ll be awarded just the one guaranteed additional home...

NBC dropped Ray Lewis from SNF intro

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While recovering from a torn triceps injury that landed him on Injured Reserve (designated to return), Ray Lewis hasn’t been present on the Ravens sidelines. It looks like he won’t be found on your TV screens either. While it may be hard to stare at anything aside from Faith Hill’s age defying, 45-year old legs, you’ll also notice that Lewis has been removed from the featured intro montage for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. In the horribly executed video of Verizon Wireless product placement and NBC show advertisement that also happens...

Baltimore Ravens owner describes what lies ahead for Ray Lewis

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Ray Lewis without question is the face of the Baltimore Ravens. For 17 seasons Lewis has been the heart and soul of the Ravens’ defense and the team leader for nearly as long. It isn’t often that a player possesses extreme physical talent, an outstanding work ethic, can lead a team both emotionally and by example and can be a source of inspiration the way Ray Lewis has during his career. When No. 52 is gone, it would be completely shortsighted of us all to think that one man can...

Baltimore Ravens owner believes Ray Lewis will be back this season

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On October 17, 2012 Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and former Maryland Basketball Head Coach Gary Williams joined us on the Ravens Rap at the Blue Ox in Ocean City, Maryland. The topics in this segment include the promotion of Josh Bynes from the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster, how the Ravens are dealing with key injuries and the thought process of players and how they respond, regardless of the sport, when they are called upon as the “Next Man Up.” Will Ray Lewis return in 2012 to the Baltimore...

Bye week comes at a perfect time for ailing Ravens

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For the Baltimore Ravens to be 5-2 in their current state, they should consider themselves incredibly lucky. The Ravens have been decimated with injuries this season, losing Terrell Suggs for the first six games, Lardarius Webb and most likely Ray Lewis for the season, in addition to an MCL injury to Haloti Ngata, and a labrum tear to Ed Reed. That’s an injury to the Ravens’ best pass rusher, corner, linebacker, defensive lineman, and safety all coming in within a matter of two weeks (with the exception of Suggs). While...

Report: Suggs Targeting And Expecting To Play Sunday

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This morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Terrell Suggs is targeting and is expecting to make a comeback from his Achillies injury on Sunday versus the Houston Texans. Conflicting reports have surfaced in regards to when Suggs would make his return but few saw this coming, especially from such a reliable and credible source like Schefter. Yesterday, Suggs stepped foot onto an NFL practice field for the first time this season and  speculation was that he’d return sometime after the Ravens bye week. During his first on-field appearance in...

Door Is Open For Ray Lewis To Return In 2012

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The Ravens made corresponding roster moves to fill spaces vacated by Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis after Sunday’s 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Webb’s season came to an end after the Ravens placed him on Injured Reserve. Coach John Harbaugh announced during his press conference today that Webb will have surgery no later than tomorrow on his torn left ACL. Bobby Rainey was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. Today, he’ll undergo surgery to repair his torn triceps and Harbaugh announced that Lewis be placed on...

Could Ray Lewis be a salary cap casualty in 2013?

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Ray Lewis’ Cap Impact Clouds his Future with Club With this week’s news that Ravens’ linebacker Ray Lewis is lost for the season with a triceps injury, the immediate question that comes to mind is whether or not Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys was not only Lewis’ last game of the year, but also possibly the last game of his career. Or, perhaps, it’s just the last game of Lewis’ career as a Raven? In 2013, Lewis will be in the 5th year of a 7-year contract he signed...

Ray Lewis’ 2012 Season is over

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Five minutes before entering his weekly Monday press conference, John Harbaugh received confirmation of news he had feared since the two-minute warning from yesterday’s game. Ray Lewis is out for the season. The results were phoned in from Lewis’ MRI and confirmed a complete tear of his triceps, which will force Lewis from the field to the sidelines. The injury was the latest in devastating blows to the Ravens already struggling defense as they watched star cornerback Lardarius Webb leave the field in the first quarter with a torn ACL....

Lewis comments on run defense in KC

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At one point in his career, Ray Lewis captained a defense that didn’t allow a running back to rush for more than 100 yards in 39 consecutive games. Last week, the Ravens allowed 179 yards in the first half, 125 of which belonged to Jamaal Charles. In total, the Ravens surrendered 214 rushing yards; however, Lewis will always find a way to turn something negative into positive motivation to help his teammates. “I’ve been in dogfights like that,” Lewis said. “No one game defines who you are and everybody talks...
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