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Injury updates on Campanaro, Jimmy Smith, Pitta

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Injury updates on Campanaro, Jimmy Smith, Pitta

OWINGS MILLS – Here’s an injury update after the first Ravens’ OTA session that was open to the media.

WR Michael Campanaro - Coach John Harbaugh confirmed Campanaro suffered a quadriceps injury Wednesday that will likely keep him out until training camp. It’s a setback for Campanaro, who is competing for playing time among a crowded wide receiver group. Campanaro was plagued by hamstring issues last season and missed seven of the final eight regular season games.

“There’s a slight tear in there, it won’t require surgery, but he probably is out (until training camp),” Harbaugh said. “No one’s more disappointed and frustrated with it than Camp, Harbaugh said.

CB Jimmy Smith – He participated in drills, competed aggressively, and looked well on his way to recovering fully from season-ending foot surgery.

“He’s got the red jersey, he doesn’t put it on, he’s got it tucked in his belt,” Harbaugh said of Smith. “I think that tells you where his mind’s at. So far, so good. He’s not full speed, he’s out there working hard. He’s probably ahead of schedule.”

TE Dennis Pitta – He caught footballs on the side and was moving well, but did not participate in drills against the defense. Pitta is recovering from his second major hip surgery but wants to continue his career. A decision on his status will likely be made closer to the start of the season.

S Terrence Brooks - Brooks was on the field after suffering a season ending knee injury in December. While Brooks may still start the season on PUP, his appearance in uniform is a positive sign that he is progressing nicely.

 

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

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Dez Bryant turned down multi-year deal from Ravens, is banking on himself in 2018

If you want to sign Dez Bryant in 2018, it will have to be on a one-year deal.

The 29 year-old wide receiver turned down a multi-year offer from the Baltimore Ravens in hopes of finding a one-year deal that enables him to test the open market again in 2019, Ed Werder of The Doomsday Podcast first reported.

Bryant - who finished 2017 with 69 receptions, 838 yards and six touchdowns -  is predicating a bounce back season in 2018 with hopes of a big money, long-term contract in 2019.

The offer was similar to that of Michael Crabtree's three-year, $21 million deal, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The Ravens had to offer Bryant a multi-year deal in order to fit his number under the salary cap.

Since turning down their offer, the Ravens signed former Saints WR Willie Snead to a two-year, $10.4 million contract. 

Bryant will now have to wait until after the 2018 NFL Draft to work out a deal with an organization, if one is still searching for a wide receiver going in to the tail end of his career. 

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.

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