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Williams suits up for Chiefs


Williams suits up for Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs will be missing two key starters for Sunday's game vs. the Ravens, who have activated receiver LaQuan Williams for the first time this season.

Williams had gotten buried because of Baltimore's depth at the position with Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Jacoby Jones and Tandon Doss getting the work.

But Williams, who played in 12 games as rookie last season for Baltimore, now is listed as Boldin's backup, and ahead of Doss but will likely get a lot of snaps on special teams. Doss has just two receptions in four games this season for 45 yards.

Williams made the first play of the game, dropping Chiefs returner Shaun Draughn on the kickoff.

As expected, Chiefs defensive end Glenn Dorsey will not play because of a calf injury and is being replaced on the right side by Allen Bailey, a third-stringer.

Safety Kendrick Lewis, who has listed as having a shoulder injury but left practice late in the week for what the team called "personal reasons," will not suit up, either. Abram Elam will fill in at free safety for Lewis.

Key backup cornerback Jalil Brown also won't play. Brown (hamstring) plays behind starter Brandon Flowers, who has been limited in practice by a heel injury. Power back Peyton Hillis can't play because of a bad ankle.

Coach Romeo Crennel did make a starting line up shift because of performance, but not at quarterback where Matt Cassel has 10 of the Chiefs' 15 turnovers.

Nose tackle Dontari Poe will start while Anthony Toribio goes to the bench.

The Ravens' inactives: Cornerback Asa Jackson, safety Christian Thompson, offensive tackle Jah Reid, tight end Billy Bajema, defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, linebacker Sergio Kindle and defensive tackle Bryan Hall.

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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?