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Ravens' Joe Flacco hopes to play Sunday but says throwing shoulder is sore

Ravens' Joe Flacco hopes to play Sunday but says throwing shoulder is sore

OWINGS MILLS — Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hopes to play Sunday against the New York Jets, despite soreness in his throwing shoulder that prevented him from practicing Wednesday. Flacco did not go into specifics about his MRI results but remained optimistic that he would be not be sidelined for Week 7, with the Ravens (3-3) riding a three-game losing streak.

“I have a little shoulder soreness, so we thought it would be best to take a day off, see how I feel tomorrow,” Flacco said Wednesday. “I did not feel it during the game.  

“I think a little bit of rest right now is probably the best of thing. I’m not nervous. It’s not about being pain-free. You can deal with a little pain. It’s just about making sure you can throw the ball good enough to go out there and help your team.”

Flacco suffered the injury during Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants, but he could not remember exactly when the injury occurred. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he expected Flacco to play, but would have confidence if backup quarterback Ryan Mallett was pressed into action.

“We think [Flacco] has a chance to play,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know what the percentage is.

“Ryan has started in this league. That will not be a problem if he plays. I feel very confident if Ryan Mallett’s out there. I’m going to want Joe out there. Everybody knows that, Joe knows that. Joe will be out there if he can be. There’s no tougher guy than Joe. And to me, he will be out there. It’s my belief he’ll be out there. But the way it heals is the way it heals. We’ll see.”

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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?