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Reed's admission: I'm playing hurt


Reed's admission: I'm playing hurt

Ravens safety Ed Reed let the cat out of the bag about a shoulder injury -- a "torn labrum," he called it -- then tried to downplay the ailment Thursday.

He admitted he has been playing injured since Week 3, in a 31-30 win vs. the New England Patriots. The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds joints.

"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," said Reed, who first made the claim on a Baltimore radio station Wednesday. "Last few weeks I've been dealing with it. … I'll be alright. In the New England game I was able to tackle."

The Ravens are especially cautious about details on injuries. Reed, 34, hasn't been listed on the injury report for a shoulder injury at any point this season. He did have a mild hamstring strain a few weeks ago.

The defense is banged up, and getting gashed for yards on the ground. The Ravens have given up more than 200 rushing yards in each of the last two games. Linebacker Ray Lewis (torn triceps) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (ACL tear) already are out for the season.

Tackles Haloti Ngata (knee) and Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee) have injuries from last week's 31-29 win vs. the Dallas Cowboys. Cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) was held out of practice Wednesday but suited up Thursday.

Webb is the Raven's best cornerback. Reed's injury could prove significant in the long run, but in his 11th season he's not changing up in Lewis' absence.

"I'm not putting anymore pressure on myself," Reed said. "We have a lot of guys in this locker room that realize everybody has to step up. We lose a guy like Ray, you lose a vocal leader but he'll be around here."

Quarterback Joe Flacco seemed allude to Reed in his comments Thursday about the circus-like atmosphere on a day when linebacker Terrell Suggs talked with media for the first time this season as he returned to practice from an Achilles tear.

"Some guys on this team like to create more drama than others, but that's just the way it is," he said.

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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?