NOV 19 FINES, FINES, EVERYWHERE THERE'S FINES The NFL is adding to its own self-imposed silly scrutiny with what seems like an increase in fines against players who ... haven't done anything wrong.
The latest foolishness? On Saturday, the league handed down a fine of $10,927 to Ravens wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. What did OBJ do wrong? Start a fight? Put an opponent in danger? Put on display something the children simply should never witness?
On his recent touchdown catch against the Browns, he flashed the "peace sign.''
The NFL needs its rules. And the "No-Fun League'' sometimes has to be that way. But this sort of punishment threatens to homogenize the personalities of the sport, which is one of the reasons we watch.
We'd suggest that with OBJ's case as an example, the NFL "give peace a chance.''
NOV 17 FAA TO INVESTIGATE DRONES AT RAVENS GAMES An unknown pilot should've left the aerial antics to Lamar Jackson.
A report from the Associated Press says that the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the appearance of two drones over M&T Bank Stadium during Thursday night's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. The drones briefly paused action twice on Thursday, which ended with a 34-20 Ravens victory in a crucial AFC North showdown.
By law, drones can not be flown within three miles of a stadium from an hour before kickoff to an hour after the final gun.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that the delays brought back memories of the blackout at Super Bowl XLVII in the AP report.
"That's a first," Harbaugh remarked. "I thought I'd seen it all with the Super Bowl, the lights going out at the Super Bowl. Now we got drones flying around."
NOV 15 BOWSER HOPES TO PLAY IN 2023 Tyus Bowser expressed his desire to take the field for the Ravens before this promising, if not dangerous, season ends. The seventh-year linebacker has been on injured reserve all year with a knee injury and has not appeared in any games this year.
"I'm doing everything I can right now to put myself in a position, not only to protect myself as far as my health, but also having a part in this team because we're doing a great job," Bowser told Morgan Adsit of WBFF-TV. "We're moving in a great direction right now and I'm excited for what the future holds, and I just want to be a part of it."
Bowser's Baltimore career has been derailed after he sustained a torn Achilles injury at the end of the 2021 season, which saw him post a career-high 59 tackles and seven sacks.
NOV 14 JOHN SUPPORTS JIM Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has finally commented on the issues his brother, Jim Harbaugh - Michigan Wolverines head coach - has been faced with. Notably, a three-game suspension for advance scouting violations.
John shared how his brother is doing during the alleged sign-stealing scandal.
"I have a lot of opinions on this... I'm proud as heck of him." "He’s come through this thing with flying colors." "He's a great man, he’s a great coach and he stands tall through all of this."
As brothers do, John will undoubtedly support Jim through this recent Michigan scandal.
NOV 9 JIM SCHWARZ PLAYING WEEK ADJUSTMENTS CLOSE TO THE CHEST The best thing that Cleveland Browns fans could say about their Week 4 showdown against the Baltimore Ravens was that it was a learning experience. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz confirmed that his unit learned plenty from the 28-3 shellacking ... but he's going to let the Ravens themselves figure out what that gathered during the rematch on Sunday afternoon (1 p.m. ET, Fox).
“I’ll leave that for the Ravens to figure out,” Schwartz said, per Ashley Bastock of Cleveland.com. “There’s no sense in me talking about what we did well, what we did poorly, and what we’re changing.”
The Cleveland defense has been one of the NFL's most formidable this season but Baltimore broke through for 131 rushing yards and 28 points, the second-most they've let up in a game in each department. Working with backup rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson on short notice certainly didn't help, but Schwartz is well-aware of just how impactful the Browns' defense can be.
“We did a lot of good things in the first game, too," Schwartz said ahead of the crucial AFC North showdown. "(We) didn’t play a consistent game, didn’t finish the game well, but there’s a lot to build on from that game.”
NOV 5 WEEK 9 INACTIVES vs. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS The Ravens announced their inactives for Sunday's matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
T Morgan Moses
S Marcus Williams
CB Rock Ya-Sin
CB Jalyn Armour-Davis
G Sala Aumavae-Laulu
QB Josh Johnson (Emergency 3rd QB)
LB Devin Bush
CB Kyu Blu Kelly
OT Raiqwon O'Neal
DE Myles Adams
OG Anthony Bradford
The Ravens kick off against the Seahawks at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday in a matchup between division leaders at M&T Bank Stadium.
NOV 3 ODELL TALKS 'FINE' LINE BETWEEN PERSONAL, TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS Upon ending semi-retirement to join the Baltimore Ravens, Odell Beckham Jr. knew he wouldn't beach contending for the top spot on the league's yardage lists. But as injuries and inconsistency have prevented him from making a desirable impact on the team's offensive fortunes, Beckham admitted to ESPN's Jamison Hensley that he found himself combating his love of the good for the team and his own personal frustrations.
"I didn't come here with the expectation that I'd be going for 2,000 yards," Beckham said. "We're trying to win a Super Bowl, so it is what it is, at this point. (I'm) just walking the fine line of being grateful for being back on the field but definitely not being content with how I am in terms of what's going on."
Through six games, Beckham has been targeted 26 times but has hauled in only 162 yards on 14 receptions, none of which have gone for a touchdown.
Hensley's report made it clear that his teammates and coaching staff still believe in his ability to make a difference as the Ravens (6-2) seek new team accolades come this winter.
"Odell is super talented, very determined, really has a high standard for himself [and] really works hard," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I really think that's indicative of his reputation. It's like, they know who he is. They know he's No. 3, and they do not want to give up a completion to him. He's being covered that way."
"I just think it's going to pop. He's going to start getting some big catches for us."
OCT 31 ODELL GOES FULL 'BIG DADDY' AND BOOKER FOR HALLOWEEN Odell Beckham Jr. and his son are both losing weight.
The Baltimore Ravens channeled his inner Adam Sandler for Halloween, dressing as the comedian's character Sonny Koufax from his 1999 film "Big Daddy." Beckham completed the look with his son Zydn, who dressed as Sandler's young sidekick Julian (portrayed by Cole and Dylan Sprouse) from the film. Together, the duo playfully recreated the film's iconic scene where Sonny and Julian urinate on the side of a fancy restaurant, a sequence depicted on the film's poster.
Odell Beckham Jr. and his son recreating the "Big Daddy" movie covers for Halloween is too good 😂 pic.twitter.com/Pyj63CIWzA— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 31, 2023
It was a busy Halloween for Zydn, who perhaps doubled his candy intake with another joint costume endeavor alongside his mother Lauren Wood. Photos posted by Wood showed Zydn dressed as Sheriff Woody, the main protagonist from Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story" franchise, while she appeared as his cowgirl friend Jessie from the same film series.
The elder Beckham likewise donned multiple costumes on All Hallow's Eve, dressing as one of his close friends, NBA All-Star Devin Booker. Beckham eschewed Booker's traditional Phoenix Suns jersey, opting for his off-court style of a white t-shirt, hoodie, khakis, and Detroit Tigers baseball cap.
OCT 29 OFFICIALS EXPLAIN CONTROVERSIAL 4TH DOWN STOP IN RAVENS-CARDINALS The minds of gridiron conspiracy theorists took flight during the Baltimore Ravens-Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday after a controversial ruling in the second quarter.
Near the midway mark of the second quarter, Arizona's upset bid was stalled by a turnover on downs at the Baltimore 36 after Emari Demercado was stuffed for no gain by Michael Pierce. Officials prepared to measure the spot but inexplicably moved the ball back as the chains were being run out, causing outrage among the sea of red at State Farm Stadium. Baltimore got the ball back and the Cardinals did not threaten for the rest of the half.
NFL senior vice president of officiating Walt Anderson commented on the situation after the game in a quote from pool reporter Bob McManaman of AZ Central (h/t Donnie Druin of Cardinals Country). Anderson said that refs were informed of a different ball spot via the reply officials upstairs. Once the readjusted spot was established, the on-field officials determined that no measurement or the replay machine was necessary.
"With the replay assist rule, what that allows us to do is provide officials with objective information if we end up with clear and obvious video evidence," Anderson said. "We waited a bit because we weren't exactly sure where the officials were going to initially spot the ball after all the players cleared and we could see it actually spotted on the big line."
"Then the replay official told the officials that the ball was clearly short and that's why the umpire ended up moving the ball. Obviously, with it being short on a fourth down with the new rule this year, a failed fourth-down attempt is a booth review. But since we had already assisted, we knew it was short that's why we didn't stop further to review it again."
OCT 26 "YOU'LL SEE ME!" ROQUAN SMITH DECLARES Baltimore Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith confirmed his status for this Sunday ... and perhaps the next innumerable Sundays after that.
Smith did not practice on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, leaving some questioning his status for Baltimore's trip to Arizona on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS). The defender, however, put any future concerns to rest before he left the team facility.
"I told the guys, 'As long as the sun rises on Sunday and the NFL don't cancel any games, you'll see me out there,'" Smith declared, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.
Smith, 26, has made 57 consecutive starts since a torn pec ended his 2019 campaign with Chicago early. In his first full season in purple, Smith currently stands as the team's leading tackler with 71 through the first seven games.
OCT 24 BOLDIN PRAISES BALTIMORE SUCCESSORS Anquan Boldin, one of the last Baltimore Ravens receivers to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy, seems to believe that the team's current crop of catchers is worthy of following in his footsteps.
Boldin, 43, is particularly impressed with the way that the Ravens' offensive reps have adjusted particularly well to a new offensive coordinator, welcoming in Todd Monken after Greg Roman's departure.
"I think they have the right receivers in the room," Boldin told Scott Thompson of Fox News. "I think they’re still in the process of filling out who can do what. You look at it, they have a new offensive coordinator this year after G-Rome the last couple years. So they’re still trying to figure those pieces out."
"You went from a run-heavy offense to now trying to be more balanced. They’re still trying to figure that piece out. Like I said, how do we use the guys around us? Because they have some dynamic pieces, so just trying to figure it out."
Baltimore (5-2) has had one of the most exciting offenses in the league over the first seven weeks of the 2023 season, one that fully flexed its might in a crucial interconference showdown against the Detroit Lions: nine different Ravens caught at least one Lamar Jackson pass on Sunday, part of a 357-yard day through the air. Mark Andrews (two) and Nelson Agholor caught Jackson's three touchdown passes while rookie Zay Flowers earned 75 yards on four grabs.
Boldin is impressed with the newcomers, which also include Odell Beckham Jr., have meshed, especially with preseason snaps rendered mostly extinct for starters.
"In the past, you use those games to kinda gel together and get that continuity going," Boldin noted. "Now, people seem more concerned about being healthy going into the season, which is a good thing. When you don’t play in the preseason, you don’t get that experience playing together. It takes a little time during the season to gel together."
OCT 21 JONES OUT VS. RAVENS The Detroit Lions will be without one of their veteran pass catchers on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lions receiver Marvin Jones Jr. won't play against the Ravens due to personal reasons.
Jones has five catches for 35 yards this season. The Lions and Ravens kick off at 1 p.m. inside M&T Bank Stadium.
OCT 19 RAYMOND LAUDS BECKHAM'S 'ACTIVE' MENTORSHIP As his Detroit Lions prepare for a crucial interconference matchup with the Baltimore Ravens (1 p.m. ET, Fox), receiver Kalif Raymond recalled the impact that Odell Beckham Jr. had on his career.
Raymond, 29, has built a solid, if not well-traveled, NFL career for himself since entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Holy Cross in 2016. Part of his second season was spent alongside Beckham with the New York Giants and Raymond recalled Beckham taking him under his wing.
“He helped a lot of the guys, but it wasn’t like a limelight help the guys. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, yeah, I help the guys’ (being said in press conferences). It was very active," Raymond said of Beckham, per Nolan Bianchi of The Detroit News. "He’s like, ‘Man, you’re plenty fast for this league. Slow it down. This game will come to you."
"It’s a moment like that, man. If you ever watched him in practice … people who know him know how good of a teammate he is ... He’s huge. … But even with all that, he’d still find the time to take care of people."
Raymond is currently working through his third season in Detroit. He has posted the best numbers of his career in the Motor City, earning 1,379 yards on 109 receptions since 2021.
OCT 19 NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL EXTENDED - Commissioner Roger Goodell has signed a new contract extension to remain the leader of the league through the 2027 season as team owners approved the agreement at this week's meetings in New York.
Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue as commissioner in 2006, will now have his career earnings surpass $700 million - twice more than any player in NFL history.
The 64-year-old started with the league in 1982 as an administrative intern. His extension will push his service to 45 years in the NFL and 21 as commissioner.
OCT 18 TYUS BOWSER 'FEELING GREAT,' 'GETTING TO THAT POINT' As the Baltimore Ravens opened the week, head coach John Harbaugh was mum on the status of linebacker Tyus Bowser, who has been on the non-football injury list all season.
“I’m going to let Tyus comment on that,” Harbaugh said, per Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun. “I’m really not at liberty to talk about it right now. He’s got to make some choices and decisions.”
Bowser did just that on the latest episode of "The Tyus Bowser Show" on PressBox, hinting at intentions of playing this season.
“I’m on the field,” Bowser said. “I’m moving around very well. I’m just gaining more and more confidence each and every day, not only on the field, but in the training room. I have great people around me, great support staff, and I feel like myself is getting to that point. I’m just going to continue to work hard, and when that time comes, it comes.”
Bowser, 28, has spent his entire career in Baltimore since arriving as a second-round pick in the 2017 draft. He emerged as a starter in 2021 and picked up a career-best seven sacks before a torn Achilles stifled further momentum last year. His recent comments suggest that he's planning to make a return to the field before this season lets out.
“If I can play, I’ll definitely play,” Bowser said Tuesday. “That’s the goal. That’s the mindset.”
OCT 16 HAMILTON "NOTHING MALICIOUS" BEHIND HIT ON MOORE Kyle Hamilton was confused yet apologetic about the hit that forced his early exit from Sunday's 24-16 win over the Tennessee Titans (see below).
The second-year Baltimore Ravens safety was removed for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Tennessee receiver Chris Moore during second half action. After a replay review, Hamilton was sent to the locker room while his teammates finished off the win.
"I don't have really any quarrels with the call itself, but obviously, I just don't want to be ejected," Hamilton said in the aftermath, per Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official site. "But, at the end of the day, the story is not about me. We came out here and got a win. Everybody was locked in (and) focused."
Despite his confusion, Hamilton was apologetic toward Moore.
"I turned to look at the receiver split second," Hamilton said. "(I) hit him, tried to get the ball out. He came up, shaken up, unfortunately, so (I'm) praying for him. Hopefully, he's doing well ... (There was) nothing malicious about it from my perspective. I wasn't trying to hurt him. I wasn't trying to do anything bad. I was just trying to get the ball out."
OCT 15 KYLE HAMILTON EJECTED Baltimore Ravens defensive back Kyle Hamilton is making an early exit in London.
The second-year defensive back was ejected in the second half of the team's game against the Tennessee Titans after a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Chris Moore.
Here's a look at the play ...
The Ravens hold a 21-13 lead in the middle of the fourth quarter.
OCT 12 OJABO PLOTS RETURNS BEFORE SEASON'S END Injured Baltimore Ravens linebacker David Ojabo stated his desire to get on the field before season's end as the team continues to work in England to partake in the NFL International Series.
"(I'm) working really hard to be out there. Through God's grace I'll be out there soon," Ojabo said, per the Ravens' official site. "No timetable right now. Just rehabbing, taking it day by day."
Medical misfortune has defined Ojabo's career since the Ravens took him in the second round of the 2022 draft. He played in only two games in his rookie season thanks to a torn Achilles during his pro day at Michigan and currently resides on injured reserve due to an knee injury sustained in Week 3's loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Though Ojabo won't be able to play in Sunday's British-based battle against the Tennessee Titans (9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network), he'll be on hand for a homecoming of sorts: the defender spent his youth and early teens in Aberdeen, Scotland before moving to New Jersey, where he moved onto Blair Academy and later Ann Arbor.
"I'm blessed to be back home," Ojabo said of the London trip. "You control what you can. (I) keep my mentals up by praying and staying close to my family."
OCT 11 HUMPHREY CLAIMS STARS WANT TO 'RETIRE IN BALTIMORE' On the latest edition of his "Punch Line Podcast," cornerback Marlon Humphrey claimed that star opponents have reached out to him about their supposed desires to be traded to the Baltimore Ravens.
"There's guys that hit me up like 'yo, trade for me,'" Humphrey said. "So some guys are ready to bounce quick."
Humphrey said that he has not only gotten both calls and texts inquiring about the Ravens' activities but they have also queried during pregame warmups.
"One time, (in) pregame, literally this year, they (were) like "I've got to end my career in Baltimore,'" Humphrey said. He is mum on the player's identity but confirmed to an off-screen voice that it wasn't star Washington Commanders star pass rusher Chase Young, who faced off with Baltimore during the preseason.
It's easy to see why Baltimore would be a premier destination: the Ravens (3-2) have been one of the league's most consistent teams over the past five seasons and have locked up star talents like Lamar Jackson for the foreseeable future. The team, however, has had trouble getting past the Divisional playoff round hump and the AFC North routinely stands as one of the toughest quartets in football. Time will tell if Baltimore management capitalizes on these rumored desires.
OCT 6 HARBAUGH REMEMBERS BUTKUS Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh used his Friday address to pay tribute to the late Dick Butkus. The Hall-of-Fame linebacker passed away in Malibu at the age of 80 this week after spending his entire NFL career with the Chicago Bears (1965-73).
"You couldn't talk about (being) a linebacker in the national football league without talking about Dick Butkus," Harbaugh recalled. "Dick Butkus. That is the same as saying linebacker. You say Dick Butkus, it meant linebacker. Next to the definition of linebacker was Dick Butkus ... Rest in peace, Dick Butkus, as a legendary player. Without Dick Butkus, the league would not be what it is today."
Butkus is widely regarded as one of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history and earned two Defensive Player of the Year Awards and eight Pro Bowl nominations. He was recently named to the NFL's 100th anniversary team in 2019 as well as the All-Decade group for the 1960s and 70s.
OCT 3 HARMON TO CHICAGO OFF RAVENS PS Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Bears are set to add Duron Harmon off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad.
Harmon, best known for his work with the New England Patriots, earned three Super Bowl rings with Foxborough's finest. The 32-year-old signed with the Ravens on Sept. 12 after the endured a plethora of injuries in its Week 2 victory over Houston but did not appear in any games.
Chicago (0-4) is one of two winless teams left on the NFL ledger. It'll have a chance to earn its first victory on Thursday night against the Washington Commanders (8:15 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime Video).
SEPT 29 BROWN BURNED The Cleveland injury news just got a little worse … and a little weird … as the Browns prep their AFC North showdown with the Baltimore Ravens.
In addition to QB Deshaun Watson being listed as “questionable” for Week 4 with soreness in his throwing shoulder, tight end David Njoku has now been added to the team's injury report following Saturday's workout.
What happened to Njoku? He sustained burn injuries to his face and arm in a household accident. … which according to some reports occurred while Njoku was trying to light the firepit in his backyard.
SEPT 27 RAVENS SIGN KYLE VAN NOY The Baltimore Ravens are adding some linebacker depth.
According to the team, veteran Kyle Van Noy has been signed to the practice squad.
Van Noy, 32, was a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and has played for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers.
SEPT 26 RAVENS MOURN PASSING OF BROOKS ROBINSON Baltimore Ravens management released a statement to commemorate the passing of Charm City baseball legend Brooks Robinson.
Often regarded as one of the greatest defensive infielders to play the game (boasting skills that earned him nicknames like "The Human Vacuum Cleaner"), Robinson played his entire 23-year Major League Baseball career with the nearby Orioles and held most of the major Baltimore batting records, including hits (2,848) and runs batted in (1,357) upon his retirement after the 1977 campaign.
"Brooks Robinson is iconic, not just in the game of baseball, but in Baltimore as a whole," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said. "Few people captured the hearts of a community like Brooks. His charm, kindness, and class truly made him one of a kind."
"Ingrid, Alison, and I extend our deepest condolences, prayers, and respect to the entire Robinson family after the passing of the great Brooks Robinson," head coach John Harbaugh added. "From the moment we met Brooks, when completely unbeknown to us he answered the door for Trick or Treat during our first year in Baltimore, we knew what a wonderful and gracious man he was. Brooks was full of love for everyone he met. May God forever bless him and the entire Robinson family."
Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1983, earning entry upon his first appearance on the ballot. The modern Orioles (98-59) are closing in on an American League East division title and have a potential chance at clinching it on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals (6:35 p.m. ET, MASN).
SEPT 26 TYLAN WALLACE TO IR As the Baltimore Ravens continue to deal with an alarming number of injuries, they added another player to the injured reserve on Monday.
Following the loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens moved receiver Tylan Wallace to the injury reserve after he suffered a hamstring injury during the 22-19 loss, which means that the core special teamer will miss at least the next four games.
With the new roster spot opened up on the 53-man roster, the Ravens brought in a third quarterback and familiar face in Josh Johnson, who was released by the team the day before the game versus the Colts.
Coach Harbaugh confirms that QB Josh Johnson will be re-signed to the 53-man roster. pic.twitter.com/61JJp6KQWu— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 25, 2023
SEPT 25 COLTS TROLLED FOR CRAB KERFUFFLE The Indianapolis Colts hauled in a new variety of deadliest catch.
Following their unexpected 22-19 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Colts' official social media channels attempted to get in on the fun: lampooning Chesapeake cuisine, the Colts labeled Sunday's win "delicious" and posted art of of the final score drawn in Old Bay Seasoning flanked by lemons, garlic, corn-on-the-cob, and, of course, crab.
However, Ravens fans, and perhaps those still well-versed in the original Colts' endeavors in Baltimore, were quick to point out that the crab in question was Alaskan king crab rather than the Chesapeake blue crab which is most often found in, as its name implies, the nearby Chesapeake Bay.
The official Old Bay Seasoning account even got in on the fun, calling out the apparently uncultured Colts for their faux meal prep.
tell me you’ve never had a Maryland blue crab without telling me 🥴— OLD BAY (@OLDBAYSeasoning) September 25, 2023
SEPT 23 RAY LEWIS MENTORS ROQUAN SMITH The Baltimore Ravens are known for having strong linebackers, and the past was able to meet the present when Ray Lewis and Roquan Smith teamed up to go over some film.
Smith is already a tremendous defender, but with Lewis in his ear giving him some of his expertise, it only elevates his ceiling.
SEPT 22 ANTHONY RICHARDSON OUT AGAINST RAVENS The Indianapolis Colts will be without rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson after he suffered a concussion in the first half of their 31-20 win over the Houston Texans.
Gardner Minshew will start for the Colts. He completed 19 of 23 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown in relief of Richardson.
Baltimore (2-0) hosts the Colts (1-1) at M&T Bank Stadium at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
SEPT 21 RAVENS-COLTS AMONG TEAMS IN POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE 16'S PATH Fox Weather has labeled Sunday's clash between the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts as one of three games that could be affected by precipitation brought about by Potential Tropical Storm 16. The storm is expected to work its way through the East Coast over the weekend.
In the wake of the drenching, Fox Weather analysts project that the wet conditions could produce a big day for Baltimore running backs, even with primary legs J.K. Dobbins out.
"The Ravens will not only need to worry about which quarterback will be starting for the Colts (with Anthony Richards injured), but Lamar Jackson will need to utilize both Gus Edwards and Justice Hill with J.K. Dobbins out for the year," Heather Brinkmann and Brandon Ingram write. "But let’s not forget the wheels on Jackson. He will be a no-brainer for a fantasy start, as his running stats alone could carry the team."
Other games in the path of the storm include the Washington Commanders' Mid-Atlantic showdown against the Buffalo Bills and the AFC East clash between the New England Patriots and New York Jets.
SEPT 20 RAVENS SIGN RB The Baltimore Ravens are adding some depth at running back after the season-ending Achilles injury to JK Dobbins in Week 1 - and it's a familiar face.
Kenyan Drake returns to the Ravens after a brief stint with the Colts in training camp. Last year with Baltimore, he rushed for 571 carries and five touchdowns.
SEPT 19 BECKHAM FINDS NEW LOVE? Per People Magazine, Ravens wideout Odell Beckham Jr. and reality TV star Kim Kardashian are "hanging out" and "spending time together" per reports.
Beckham, 30, recently split from longtime girlfriend, model Lauren Wood, with whom OBJ shares a son with.
The 42-year-old Kardashian has four children from a previous marriage to rapper Kanye West. Representatives from each camp are not releasing any information regarding a possible relationship, but the two were at Michael Rubin's July 4 party, which is where they may have met.
SEPT 19 HOF BALLOT FEATURED 14 RETIRED RAVENS The Pro Football Hall of Fame unveiled its 2024 ballot on Tuesday and its 173-member ledger features 14 former members of the Baltimore Ravens.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is one of nine first-year arrivals and he's joined by several compatriots of the new century such as Matt Birk, Jamal Lewis, Derrick Mason, Samari Rolle, and Matt Stover.
Brief Raven Devin Hester will look to close the deal after standing as a finalist in 2023. Other potential legends who briefly spent time in Baltimore include Anquan Boldin, Randall Cunningham, Priest Holmes, and Steve Smith Sr.
SEPT 18 OBJ OK? Odell Beckham Jr. was forced to exit the Ravens’ Week 2 win over the Bengals, but Baltimore apparently believes the ankle issue to not be a serious one.
Beckham signed with the Ravens this off-season after spending a year rehabbing from a knee injury. This issue is unrelated to that one … all good news as Baltimore works to stay undefeated entering Week 3 and a meeting with the Colts.
SEPT 17 GORDON AND MUSTIPHER JOIN CLUB The Ravens announced on Saturday that they have elevated running back Melvin Gordon and center Sam Mustipher from the practice squad ahead of the Week 2 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 30-year-old Gordon was a first-round pick by the Chargers in the 2015 NFL Draft and was with the Ravens in the offseason before being a victim of the 53-man final roster cuts. Gordon's services are necessary due to the season-ending Achilles injury to Ravens RB1, J.K. Dobbins suffered in Week 1.
Mustipher was signed for depth after starting center Tyler Linderbaum was injured against the Texans in Week 1.
SEPT 15 TUOHY FAMILY RESPONDS TO MICHAEL OHER CLAIMS The Tuohy family has filed a legal response to claims from former Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher regarding their dramatized relationship depicted in the 2009 film "The Blind Side." Penned by their representatives, the statement once again denies claims from Oher that the family unfairly profited from the film's box office receipts and also carries an offer to terminate the conservatorship established in Oher's name with his consent.
"When it became clear that the petitioner could not consider going to the University of Mississippi ("Ole Miss") as a result of living with the Respondents, the NCAA made it clear that the only way he could attend Ole Miss" was if Oher was somehow part of the family," the response, obtained by Michael A. Fletcher of ESPN, reads in part. "Conservatorship was the tool chosen to accomplish this goal."
The response also claims that the Tuohys never told Oher that they planned to legally adopt him though admitted to using the term in a "colloquial sense."
"They never intended that (adoption) reference to be viewed with legal implication," the response said.