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Del Rio optimistic Crabtree will play for Raiders vs Ravens

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Del Rio optimistic Crabtree will play for Raiders vs Ravens

ALAMEDA – Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree pushed to play the Denver Broncos. It didn’t happen. His activity was halted Friday and he was dropped from questionable to doubtful over last weekend.

Crabtree was back in action this workweek, as a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. That’s a positive step, but head coach Jack Del Rio’s statement holds real promise for Crabtree’s immediate playing future.

Del Rio was asked if he was optimistic the veteran pass catcher would play Sunday against Baltimore.

His answer: “Yes.”

Del Rio doesn’t offer such details unless he’s confident in a player’s status. That should help a Raiders passing game scuffling these past few weeks. Crabtree suffered a chest injury in Week 3 at Washington, and wasn’t ready to play again.

They definitely need him in the pattern. Crabtree’s their most reliable receiver who can draw coverage away from others.

The Raiders pass defense missed some key contributors.

David Amerson was concussed against Denver, but has been cleared to practice while still in the concussion protocol. He was limited.

Gareon Conley was out Wednesday, though he’s expected to get back to practice Thursday in hopes of playing Baltimore.

“He wouldn’t admit much, but I just saw him reacting as though it was sore a little more last week,” Del Rio said Monday. “So, he got the weekend off. We’ll practice him probably Thursday and be smart on Wednesday …And then, get a good workload on Thursday and get him to the game and look at him that way.”

Defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. (back) and right guard Gabe Jackson (foot) missed their first practice of the regular season.

Small group of Ravens fans kneel in support of team pursuing Colin Kaepernick

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Small group of Ravens fans kneel in support of team pursuing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned by an NFL team.

But a small segment of Baltimore Ravens fanbase would like to see their team sign the former 49ers quarterback.

In a show of support for the controversial Kaepernick, a group of roughly 15 people were seen taking a knee outside M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday.

In photos taken by Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec, the the kneeling fans held signs that read "Ravens Fans for Colin Kaepernick" and "Say NO to NFL Racism. Sign Colin Kaepernick."

The Ravens' interest in Kaepernick became news on August 2. ESPN reported that owner Steve Bisciotti had blocked GM Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh from signing Kaepernick. That prompted Newsome to issue a statement shooting down the claim that Bisciotti had squashed the possible signing.

"We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision. Steve Bisciotti has not told us we cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever is making those claims is wrong," Newsome wrote.

Supportive Ray Lewis offers advice to Colin Kaepernick: Shut up

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Supportive Ray Lewis offers advice to Colin Kaepernick: Shut up

Colin Kaepernick is not in the NFL, but he's all over the headlines after reports that NFL owners are blocking their teams from signing the former 49ers quarterback.

The Ravens considered signing Kaepernick last week after staring QB Joe Flacco was injured, but chose not to. Owner Steve Bisciotti said on Sunday that, before making their decision, they consulted with players on the team, fans, sponsors, respected community members, as well as former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

"I hear something negative, I hear something positive and sometimes it shocks me who it's coming from," Bisciotti said.It's unclear what advice Lewis gave the team, but on Tuesday he posted a bit of a contradictory message to Kaepernick with the caption, "brotherhood - we are in this together."

Here are a few choice quotes from the message, which begins with Lewis telling Kaepernick that he applauds what he is standing for and ends with Lewis calling Kaepernick his brother for life.

"If people really want to help you, they'll pray for you. They'll lead you the right way and stop encouraging you to be caught up in some of this nonsense.

"The battles you've been fighting, brother, people way before us been fighting these for many, many, many years.

"The football field is our sanctuary. If you do nothing else, young man, get back on the football field and let your play speak for yourself. 

"What you do off the field, don't let too many people know, because they gonna judge you anyway. No matter what you do. No matter if it's good or bad."

Kaepernick, 29, chose to protest the National Anthem by taking a knee in 2016 in an effort to raise awareness around social inequality.