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Wright, Stanley both inactive against Redskins; Dixon active

Wright, Stanley both inactive against Redskins; Dixon active

BALTIMORE – Ravens cornerback Shareece Wright was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Redskins after starting the first four games.  The Ravens tweeted that Wright had suffered back spasms recently, but Wright has also struggled recently, giving up five touchdowns over his last three games.

Wright’s absence means the Ravens will have a new starting cornerback opposite Jimmy Smith, choosing from Will Davis, Jerraud Powers, Sheldon Price, or Tavon Young.  All of those corners were active, and could take turns matching up with the Redskins’ talented receiving corps featuring DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, and tight end Jordan Reed.

Left tackle Ronnie Stanley was also inactive as expected for the second straight week with a foot injury. Alex Lewis was expected to take over as the starting left tackle, with John Urschel starting at left guard. The Ravens’ left side of the offensive line was overmatched in Week 4 against the Raiders, with left tackle James Hurst and left guard Ryan Jensen allowing too much pressure from Joe Flacco’s blind side.

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Rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa was also inactive, as the Ravens tried to strengthen their special teams coverage which struggled against the Raiders. Tight end Darren Waller was expected to play on special teams, active for the first time since serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

The Ravens’ other inactives were wide receiver Chriss Moore, safety Marqueston Huff, defensive tackle Willie Henry, and outside linebacker Matt Judon. Running backs Kenneth Dixon and Buck Allen were both active, with Terrance West expected to start at running back for the second straight week.  A fourth-round pick, Dixon led the Ravens in rushing during the preseason, and would dress for his first regular season game after missing four games with a knee injury.

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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?