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Smith Sr., Yanda, Stanley, Mosley among Ravens inactives

Smith Sr., Yanda, Stanley, Mosley among Ravens inactives

EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – The Ravens will be severely shorthanded for Sunday’s game against the Giants in Week 6.

Right guard Marshal Yanda, inside linebacker C. J. Mosley, wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., left tackle Ronnie Stanley, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, punt returner Devin Hester, and defensive tackle Willie Henry all inactive.

Stanley will be missing his third game with a foot injury, while Yanda will miss his first game of the season with an injured shoulder.


That leaves the Ravens without two key offensive lineman, and will force them to improvise their protection in front of quarterback Joe Flacco.

Alex Lewis was expected to start at left tackle, moving from left guard, with John Urschel taking over at left guard. Either Rick Wagner or James Hurst was expected to start at right tackle.

Smith leads the team in receiving yards (310) and is trusted by Flacco in clutch situations. Without Smith, the Ravens will need other receivers to step up in Marty Mornhinweg’s first game as offensive coordinator.

Mosley, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, was off to another terrific start to the season, but he suffered a pulled hamstring Week 5 against the Redskins, trying to return an interception for a touchdown. Mosley is normally the Ravens’ defensive signal caller, meaning someone else would have to assume that role.

With Hester out, someone else would have to handle the Ravens’ kickoff and punt return duties. Starting safety Lardarius Webb could be pressed into service as a punt returner, with wide receiver Chris Moore and running back Kenneth Dixon both candidates to handle kickoff returns.

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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?