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Enemy intel: Steelers say turf led to kicker's injury

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Enemy intel: Steelers say turf led to kicker's injury

The Steelers saw their placekicker suffer a severe knee injury Sunday, and they are not happy about it.

After Shaun Suisham suffered a torn ACL and meniscus that will likely end his season, the Steelers said the poor turf condition at the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, likely led to the injury. Suisham lost his footing on the play when he suffered the injury. The Steelers have signed Garrett Hartley to replace Suisham.

“I hated that turf,” said Steelers safety Robert Golden, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It was old, chewed up, very hard. I’m just happy most of our guys got off healthy.”

The Steelers were even more livid when they heard about already-existing plans to redo the FieldTurf surface at Benson Stadium. The Steelers are wondering why the surface wasn’t redone before the game was played, instead of afterward.

“Now they’re redoing it?” Golden asked.  I don’t agree with that, that’s bad, putting us at risk like that on that turf.”

Joe Horrigan, vice-president of communications/exhibits for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, told the Post-Gazette that the playing surface passed a pre-game test administered by the NFL. However, the field did not pass the Steelers’ smell test.

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Baltimore Ravens select QB Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Baltimore Ravens select QB Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Ozzie Newsome is closing out his last NFL Draft as the general manager of the Ravens with a bang.

After trading down twice from the 16th spot to draft TE Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick, the Eagles traded their 32nd overall pick to the Ravens where they selected QB Lamar Jackson. In return, the Eagles will receive the Ravens' 2018 2nd-round and 4th-round picks in addition to their 2019 2nd-round pick. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner has proven 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.  

The first-round selection shows the Ravens are planning for the post-Flacco era.

Standing at 6' 2",  Jackson's build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts were concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed. His NFL comparison is to that of Michael Vick. 

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Baltimore Ravens select Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

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Baltimore Ravens select Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

The pick is in! 

With the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Ravens have selected tight end Hayden Hurst.

Hurst, an ex-minor league baseball pitcher, walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old and finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns. 

Standing at 6' 5", Hurst ran a 4.67 40 yard dash, recorded a 31.5 vertical jump and a 7.19 three cone drill at the combine. 

"His fearless play demeanor combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field. He's sure-handed and could become a young quarterback's safety blanket if he improves elements of his route running. He should see early snaps and has the ability to become a good combination tight end." according to his draft profile

While Hurst is starting his career at 25-years old, he will provide tight end support that the Ravens have yet to address in free agency. It also doesn't hurt that QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor his tight ends.

Welcome to Ravens Nation, Hurst.