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Injuries to Dickson, Ellerbe don't appear serious


Injuries to Dickson, Ellerbe don't appear serious

The Ravens lost tight end Ed Dickson and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe to injuries in Sunday’s game, but coach John Harbaugh expects them to play in this week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Ed has a bruised knee, a sprained knee," Harbaugh said. "It’s nothing major in terms of ligament damage or anything like that. He’ll have a chance to get back this week.

"Dannell Ellerbe has kind of a foot-ankle (injury) thing. Has some swelling in there. He’ll have a chance to get back this week, too."

Neither will practice much, if at all.

Dickson went down on a special teams play when he was engaged with Jackie Battle in the Ravens’ 16-13 win at the San Diego Chargers. He only played 11 offensive snaps.

He left the game early in the second quarter, which put an extra burden on the other starting tight end, Dennis Pitta.

"I’m definitely a bit more tired because Ed went out," said Pitta, who played 81 of 93 possible offensive snaps and caught a 4-yard TD pass. "That means I had to be out there the whole time. That’s exciting because I want to be out there and do as much as I can."

Ellerbe, who has been playing with casts on his thumbs most of the season, hurt his leg late in the second quarter and didn’t return. He was in pass coverage on San Diego’s Antonio Gates and pulled up limp on the sideline. No one made contact with him.

He was replaced by Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Anthony Levine, who was recently activated from the practice squad for special teams, was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a shoulder injury. The Ravens activated David Reed, who has been inactive all season because of a knee injury, to the 53-man roster.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee missed his fourth game with a knee injury. There’s a chance he could play vs. Pittsburgh. He’ll practice this week.

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?