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Zuttah questionable, but Harbaugh encouraged


Zuttah questionable, but Harbaugh encouraged

Coming off the bye week, the Ravens enter Sunday’s game against Jacksonville as healthy as they have been all season.

Rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) remains out, but just one Raven is listed as questionable on the official injury report – center.

Zuttah, who is nursing a shoulder injury, returned to practice Friday after missing the first two days of practice this week and coach John Harbaugh sounded encouraged about Zuttah’s chances of playing on Sunday.

“He was out here today for the full practice,” Harbaugh said. “I’m going to go back and look at the tape and see how he held up, standing and punching and all that kind of stuff. We’ll see how he looks, but there were no setbacks during practice that I’m aware of.”

Zuttah has not missed a game since 2011 when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was injured against San Diego two weeks ago, and backup John Urschel struggled with his snapping after replacing Zuttah. If Zuttah can't play, Urschel would be in line to make his first career start.

Tackle Eugene Monroe, who missed the Chargers game with a shoulder injury, practiced all week and is listed as probable. Safety Terrence Brooks, who missed the past three straight games with a thumb injury, was not listed on the injury report all week so he appears to be ready to go as well.

Four other Ravens are listed as probable on the injury report: tight end Crockett Gillmore (shoulder), cornerback Tray Walker (concussion), linebacker Daryl Smith and defensive end Chris Canty. Smith and Canty each had veteran days off during the week.

For Jackonsville, wide receiver Allen Hurns (foot, thigh) practiced in a limited capacity Friday and is listed as questionable. Hurns, who missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, has 36 catches for 635 yards and six touchdowns this year.

The Jaguars have declared safety James Sample (shoulder) out. In addition to Hurns, starting linebacker Dan Skuta (groin) is questionable, as is receiver Marquise Lee (hamstring) and defensive tackle Michael Bennett.

Guard Zane Beadles (knee), defensive end Chris Clemons, running back Toby Gerhart (groin) and tight end Julius Thomas (abdomen) are all listed as probable for the Jaguars.

MORE: Five questions, prediction for Jaguars at Ravens

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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?