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NFL investigating Reed's injury


NFL investigating Reed's injury

So is Ed Reed hurt or isn't he hurt?

Among the many people who want to know are those at the NFL offices.

Reed's apparent shoulder injury has not been listed on a Ravens injury report all season, and it isn't again for this week's game in Houston. So it seems somewhat surprising that earlier this week, Reed said in an interview on 105.7 The Fan that he has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder.

The NFL does not look kindly on teams who are not forthcoming on their injury reports. Just ask the Buffalo Bills, who have been fined $20,000 for not listing defensive end Mario Williams on their injury report, even after he mentioned that he had been bothered by a left wrist injury. Williams was later added to the Bills' injury report.

According to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that the league is looking into Reed's injury.

"We are aware that they are reviewing practice and game video," the Ravens said in a statement.

After making the comments, Reed downplayed them the next day, telling reporters at the team's complex that, "I ain't no pitcher. I don't play baseball. So long as I'm not throwing, that's something we knew about. It's nothing to worry about. Last few weeks I've been dealing with it. … I'll be all right."

Reed hasn't missed a start this season and has 24 tackles and two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown against Cincinnati. He had nine tackles against New England in one of his most physical games in years, but he was also one of several players who missed tackles in the Ravens' win over Dallas last week.

On Friday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh played down the absence of Reed on the injury report, saying that bumps and bruises are part of the game and that there are "probably 25 or 30 guys that have things like that -- things that they can play through that don't cost them any time, practice-wise or game-wise."

"It’s a tough game; it’s a physical sport," Harbaugh added. "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.”

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR 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 Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders 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 WR 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?