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Ankle injury could set back OL Williams


Ankle injury could set back OL Williams

For a team that's been battling the injury bug, the Ravens aren't any worse off going into this week's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.

Left guard Bobbie Williams, however, will be monitored in practice and have his reps limited because of an ankle injury.

Williams, acquired as a free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals during the offseason, broke his ankle and had surgery.

He was slow to recover and didn't begin 2012 in the Ravens' starting lineup.

Williams regained his spot a few weeks ago and Ramon Harewood has been deactivated from the game-day roster.

"We'll see," coach John Harbaugh said of Williams' sprain. "We'll probably give him some rest during the week some time and try to get him to Sunday."

Right guard Marshal Yanda also hurt his ankle and knee.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) missed Sunday's 25-15 win at the Cleveland Browns. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who has been limited by a shoulder injury.

On a positive note, guard/tackle Jah Reid played his first game of the season after being limited by a calf injury since the summer.

"He played 10 or 15 snaps, different positions in there, and he played well. He did a nice job. It was the first time he’s really taken any extended time out there, and he wasn’t overwhelmed at all," Harbaugh said. "That’s what you look for in a young guy, and he wasn’t."

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has busted thumbs.

"He’s got casts on (his thumbs), so it makes it a little tougher for him to use his hands," Harbaugh said. "He played well without thumbs.”


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It's Friday and the Ravens still haven't announced who their starting quarterback is for Sunday

It's Friday and the Ravens still haven't announced who their starting quarterback is for Sunday

The suspense is killing us.

Will it be Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III or actually Joe Flacco starting for the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in the most important game of the season, in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals?

Well, it's almost time for happy hour on a Friday and we still don't have a definite answer.

Flacco, who is nursing a right hip injury, did not practice this week and was listed as doubtful on the team's Friday injury report.

But the good news is that Jackson, who missed Thursday's practice with an illness, was a full participant Friday. When asked whether Jackson missing the most crucial day of practice is concerning, head coach John Harbaugh had us scratching our heads.

“It’s not ideal,” Harbaugh said. “Was it part of the plan? Apparently, it was.”

Jackson admitted that the possibility of his first NFL start Sunday would bring on a few butterflies but that once the ball was snapped,"it's on."

"You have to have trust with your guys," Jackson said Wednesday. "You have to have them believing in you to put points on the board. So, that’ll be my job if I’m out there.”

And in the latest version of 'The NFL is wild,' Robert Griffin III was the only Ravens quarterback who participated in a full week of practice.

The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year hasn't started an NFL game since January 1, 2017, but has stayed up to speed in case a moment like this occurred. 

"That's my job. That's why they brought me here," Griffin III said Wednesday. "They brought me here to be a pro. They brought me here to help this team if need be. I try to help the defense every week on scout team and then do those [reps], and if my number's called I'll be able to go out there and lead this team."

Prior to this week, Flacco had only been on the team's injury report eight times and had missed only three regular-season practices. In 11 years, Flacco has missed just six games, starting the last 41. 

Guard/tackle James Hurst (back) has been ruled out for the fourth week as well as Tim Williams (ankle).

Cornerback Tavon Young (ankle), tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and safety Tony Jefferson (thigh) are listed as questionable. 


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Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline


Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline

Le'Veon Bell decided not to return to the Steelers this season, and his former teammates have apparently decided they can have his belongings. 

The All-Pro running back didn't sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by Tuesday's deadline, and thus is ineligible to play this season.

Steelers player were seen plundering his locker Wednesday in front of reporters. Defensive end Bud Dupree went right for Bell's cleats, thanking him for the Jordan brand shoes and saying he wishes Bell success.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he sent Bell his well-wishes, but got no response from his former backfield mate. 

It's unclear what Bell plans to do next, but it's crystal clear the Steelers have moved on, with his shoes in tow.