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Banged-up Dickson, Ellerbe held out of practice


Banged-up Dickson, Ellerbe held out of practice

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, cornerback Corey Graham, and tight end Ed Dickson and receiver/returner Jacoby Jones didn’t practice with the Ravens on Wednesday, but defensive end Pernell McPhee and cornerback Chris Johnson had limited action.

They were among 14 players listed on the injury report going into Sunday’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Receiver Torrey Smith (thigh) had limited participation, too.

Johnson (hamstring) and McPhee (knee) didn’t play in last week’s 16-13 win at the San Diego Chargers.

Ellerbe, already playing with casts on both thumbs, went down in the second quarter of that game while in coverage with an ankle and knee injury. He wasn’t touched on the play and didn’t return against San Diego.

“We’ll take it by ear tomorrow to see if he can go,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We are day-by-day with Dannell.”

Dickson (knee) was hurt when blocking on a kick return. He was engaged in a block and teammate Anthony Allen crashed into him. He left the game with the Chargers and didn’t return.

Dickson didn’t have any structural damage, but he favored the leg heavily as he walked out of the locker room to get treatment.

“Whatever I can do to be out there, I’m going to be out there,” Dickson said. “I’m going to be out there Sunday.

“You see the play on film, it looks pretty bad. It swelled up pretty good.”

Johnson played in his first game with the Ravens two weeks ago, when he was signed as a free agent. He played only six snaps against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens’ opponent this week, but caused a fumble on his first play.

It was his first game of the 2012 season while he sat on the shelf and he contends it was just a lack of conditioning that was the problem.

“It’s looking positive. I’m just waiting to see where I fit in this week and go out there and play,” said Johnson, a ninth-year player who the Ravens use in nickel packages ahead of Chykie Brown. “I don’t like sitting on the sidelines. I did everything last week to get out there but they wanted to take precautions and get me ready for this week.

“Sitting out eight months, you got to get back in football shape even though you work out daily. … I’m treating it like a training camp, pushing myself harder to get back where I need to be.”

McPhee has missed four consecutive games for Baltimore and declared himself 100% recently. Harbaugh disputed that, but McPhee was elusive on where he stood for this week’s game.

He had been playing through injury all season, wasn’t productive and was visibly frustrated by it.

“It all boils down to coach. I have to talk to coach about that situation right now,” said McPhee, who wouldn’t divulge if he was still wearing a knee brace after saying he’d discarded it a few weeks ago. “Rest, that’s the only difference.”

With only a one-half sack after six last season, McPhee would’ve liked to have played in San Diego. The Ravens had a season-high six sacks of Philip Rivers.

“My boys were out there having fun and I missed it,” McPhee said. “I can cut, I can do whatever. But coach knows what’s best for me.”

Safeties Ed Reed (shoulder) and Bernard Pollard (chest) only took limited snaps Wednesday. Graham (illness) wasn't feeling well.

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst


Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 


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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."