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Harbaugh mum on Suggs' status

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Harbaugh mum on Suggs' status

Will Terrell Suggs play Sunday vs. the Houston Texans?

Despite varying reports that he could, the logical answer for a franchise that's not prone to panicking or making short-term, knee-jerk decisions -- don't count on it.

The linebacker has yet to be activated by the Ravens though he has been designated to practice from the physically-unable-to-perform list for the first time since tearing his Achilles.

With Baltimore entering a bye week after Sunday it wouldn't make much sense to rush him back. And why activate Suggs now if he's not able to play significant snaps when the defense already has been depleted by season-ending injuries to linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb, knee strains with two starting tackles (Haloti Ngata and Ma'ake Kemoeatu),  cornerback Jimmy Smith limited by a groin strain, safety Bernard Pollard possibly still bothered by injured ribs from Week 2 and safety Ed Reed complaining about a cartilage tear in his shoulder.

"If I knew I wouldn't tell you," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday when asked about Suggs' status. "He's done a really good job. This is a very serious injury (and) he's worked really hard. … We've practiced him all week. We aren't too interested in (Houston) knowing one way or the other."

Reed, who hasn't been listed on any injury reports for his shoulder, revealed this week that he has a torn labrum.

"We have probably 25 or 30 guys that have things like that -- things they can play through that don't cost any time, practice-wise or game-wise," Harbaugh said. "What he's talking about are the things that all these guys have. There are always a lot of bumps and bruises and nicks and tears, if you will, that guys have to deal with."

The rule of thumb is when a player is rebounding from a major injury and insists that he's ready to get back on the field, hold him out at least another two weeks on general principle. Players will always push the limits of their bodies against their own better judgment.

Suggs doesn't appear to be in ideal game shape yet. Couple that with the lateral movement and explosions that will be required to play in a game of this magnitude vs. the Texans, would the reward (one regular season win) be worth the risk (losing Suggs for the season)?  At worst, the Ravens would be 5-2 and still in control of the AFC North going into Week 9 at the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens are a franchise that stays the course. Look at the case of Ray Rice, who is only getting 16 carries per game. Despite occasional criticism they aren't giving him the ball enough, the Ravens aren't diverting from the script because they not only want to preserve him for the playoffs but coaches have reiterated they're thinking long-term since re-signing the 5-foot-8 running back to a five-year, $40 million deal coming into the season.

So again, why would a francishe this practical play Suggs on Sunday? It's just not in its personality.

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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. 

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