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Banged-up Dickson, Ellerbe held out of practice

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Banged-up Dickson, Ellerbe held out of practice

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, cornerback Corey Graham, and tight end Ed Dickson and receiver/returner Jacoby Jones didn’t practice with the Ravens on Wednesday, but defensive end Pernell McPhee and cornerback Chris Johnson had limited action.

They were among 14 players listed on the injury report going into Sunday’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Receiver Torrey Smith (thigh) had limited participation, too.

Johnson (hamstring) and McPhee (knee) didn’t play in last week’s 16-13 win at the San Diego Chargers.

Ellerbe, already playing with casts on both thumbs, went down in the second quarter of that game while in coverage with an ankle and knee injury. He wasn’t touched on the play and didn’t return against San Diego.

“We’ll take it by ear tomorrow to see if he can go,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We are day-by-day with Dannell.”

Dickson (knee) was hurt when blocking on a kick return. He was engaged in a block and teammate Anthony Allen crashed into him. He left the game with the Chargers and didn’t return.

Dickson didn’t have any structural damage, but he favored the leg heavily as he walked out of the locker room to get treatment.

“Whatever I can do to be out there, I’m going to be out there,” Dickson said. “I’m going to be out there Sunday.

“You see the play on film, it looks pretty bad. It swelled up pretty good.”

Johnson played in his first game with the Ravens two weeks ago, when he was signed as a free agent. He played only six snaps against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens’ opponent this week, but caused a fumble on his first play.

It was his first game of the 2012 season while he sat on the shelf and he contends it was just a lack of conditioning that was the problem.

“It’s looking positive. I’m just waiting to see where I fit in this week and go out there and play,” said Johnson, a ninth-year player who the Ravens use in nickel packages ahead of Chykie Brown. “I don’t like sitting on the sidelines. I did everything last week to get out there but they wanted to take precautions and get me ready for this week.

“Sitting out eight months, you got to get back in football shape even though you work out daily. … I’m treating it like a training camp, pushing myself harder to get back where I need to be.”

McPhee has missed four consecutive games for Baltimore and declared himself 100% recently. Harbaugh disputed that, but McPhee was elusive on where he stood for this week’s game.

He had been playing through injury all season, wasn’t productive and was visibly frustrated by it.

“It all boils down to coach. I have to talk to coach about that situation right now,” said McPhee, who wouldn’t divulge if he was still wearing a knee brace after saying he’d discarded it a few weeks ago. “Rest, that’s the only difference.”

With only a one-half sack after six last season, McPhee would’ve liked to have played in San Diego. The Ravens had a season-high six sacks of Philip Rivers.

“My boys were out there having fun and I missed it,” McPhee said. “I can cut, I can do whatever. But coach knows what’s best for me.”

Safeties Ed Reed (shoulder) and Bernard Pollard (chest) only took limited snaps Wednesday. Graham (illness) wasn't feeling well.

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Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

We've known the Ravens' 2018 preseason and regular season opponents for some time now, but the NFL finally released their full schedule with exact dates and times.

As they do every year, the Ravens will be seeing the Bengals, Steelers and Browns twice. 

For the ninth consecutive year, Week 16 and 17 will be divisional games with playoff implications.

The Ravens will also be playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason game against the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio, bringing an extra preseason game to their schedule.

In the regular season, the birds will be flocking south to take on the Panthers, Falcons and Titans. They haven't seen the Panthers or Falcons since 2014 - both ending in wins - and came up just short against the Titans in their 23-20 loss last season.

The Ravens will only have to travel to the west coast once when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who they last saw in 2015 and earned a 29-26 win.

Not including AFC North rivals, the last time the Ravens saw their remaining five home opponents they came away with wins. Hopefully history will repeat itself.

Prime-time games, which the Ravens have two of, will kick off at earlier times than in the past. Monday Night Football will now start at 8:15 p.m. while Thursday and Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular-Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thursday, 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sunday 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Saturday 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sunday 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.


PRESEASON 

Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2, vs. Chicago Bears (Canton, OH), 8:00pm (NBC).

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 2: Mon. 8/20,  at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN).

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins*

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 at Washington Redskins

* - Game date and time not yet determined

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

With 10 days until the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to visit the Ravens this week, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner is a projected first-round pick as he has proven to have success in the air and on the ground. 

While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. His NFL draft profile compares him to Michael Vick. 

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The Ravens are in search of Joe Flacco's successor, but spending a first-round pick on a quarterback when there are other glaring needs is up in the air. However, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of drafting a quarterback in the first-round.

At their pre-draft press conference, GM Ozzie Newsome and DeCosta kept reiterating we could be surprised by who they pick at No. 16, if they do at all. 

While Jackson's numbers are impressive, he continues to be considered a late first-round pick as his build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts are concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed.

While fans are hoping for an offensive weapon, having Jackson learn under Flacco for a year (and maybe RGIII?) could rev up some excitement. 

RELATED: RGIII READY TO MOVE FORWARD AS NEW, GROWN PLAYER