Ravens banged-up for preseason opener

Street Talk Ravens banged-up for preseason opener

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Baltimore Ravens were extremely shorthanded for their preseason opener Thursday night against the New England Patriots.

Baltimore played the game at Gillette Stadium without 11 starters, including two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs. The unsigned franchise player has yet to report to training camp and hasn’t signed his $8.472 million one-year tender.

Not playing because of injuries or other reasons: safety Ed Reed (shoulder), wide receivers Mark Clayton (right shoulder), Patrick Carter (dislocated left shoulder) and Demetrius Williams (left Achilles’ tendon), cornerbacks Samari Rolle (bereavement) and Chris McAlister (right knee), running backs Willis McGahee (left knee) and P.J. Daniels (shoulder), linebacker Dan Cody (right foot), offensive tackles Jared Gaither (sprained left ankle) and Adam Terry (sprained right ankle), tight ends Todd Heap (right calf), Daniel Wilcox (offseason toe surgery) and Aaron Walker (left knee), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (sprained right medial collateral ligament) and nose guard Kelly Gregg (left knee).

J’Vonne Parker started at nose guard in place of Gregg with Justin Bannan starting at Ngata’s spot.

The Ravens started Antwan Barnes at outside linebacker in Suggs’ absence.

Fabian Washington and Frank Walker started at cornerback with Washington intercepting two passes in his Ravens debut.

Veteran newcomer Jim Leonhard, a former Buffalo Bills starter, started at free safety.

Former Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Chad Slaughter started on the left side with Mike Kracalik lining up at right tackle.

Yamon Figurs started in place of Mark Clayton, catching one pass for 12 yards.

Adam Bergen started at tight end with Heap out.

Rookie running back Ray Rice started for McGahee.

The Patriots deactivated cornerback Mike Richardson, fullback Kyle Eckel, offensive guard Stephen Neal, offensive tackles Matt Light and Oliver Ross and defensive linemen Jarvis Green and Mike Wright.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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