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Torn MCL and ACL confirmed for Flacco, as Harbaugh hopes for return by camp

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Torn MCL and ACL confirmed for Flacco, as Harbaugh hopes for return by camp

OWINGS MILLS - Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday that quarterback Joe Flacco suffered both a torn ACL and torn MCL during Sunday’s victory over the Rams. Surgery will be performed once the swelling in Flacco’s knee goes down, and the hope is that Flacco will be ready for training camp next summer.

However, a timetable for Flacco’s return is speculative at this point, because he faces months of rehab following surgery. As the Ravens experienced with wide receiver Breshad Perriman’s knee injury, a setback in the process could arise.

The Ravens are well aware of Flacco’s toughness and dedication, and know he will do whatever he can to return as quickly as possible. That makes Harbaugh optimistic that when the Ravens start Week 1 in 2016, Flacco will be under center.

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“Indications that I’ve been given would be that (Joe Flacco) would be back for the start of training camp, and it wouldn’t be an issue,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “However, as we well know, those are always things that get determined based on how the rehab goes.”

With Matt Schaub now the starting quarterback, the Ravens need to sign a backup before their next game on Monday Night Football (Nov. 30) at Cleveland.

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The Ravens may even sign two quarterbacks – one for the 53-man roster to backup Schaub, and a practice squad quarterback.

 

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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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