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Broncos get their leading tackler back

Broncos get their leading tackler back

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Wesley Woodyard, Denver's leading tackler, is vowing to be back on the field Sunday for the Broncos' showdown at Baltimore.

``I'm playing,'' said Woodyard, who missed the Broncos' game Thursday night at Oakland because of a sprained left ankle. He was replaced by veteran D.J. Williams and rookie Danny Trevathan.

Had the game been on Sunday, Woodyard said he definitely would have played. Instead, he got a week to recuperate from the injury he sustained Dec. 2 against Tampa Bay.

Woodyard, who has collected 97 tackles in his first year as the starter at weakside linebacker, said he agreed with the coaches and medical staff who held him out last week as the Broncos (10-3) won their eighth straight game.

``I definitely would have given it a go on Sunday. But quick turnaround, it was just the smart thing to do to stay off it and get some rest,'' Woodyard said. ``Definitely a great decision. I got healthy; my teammates got a chance to go out there and play and compete, and that's the thing - next man up, they stepped up and brought that victory home for us.''

Woodyard said he was impressed with Trevathan, a sixth-round pick from his alma mater, Kentucky, who led the SEC in tackles each of the last two seasons.

``Man, he did some really nice things out there. He came up and was beastin'. I sent him about six text messages to him during the game; obviously, he couldn't check them, but after the game, he let me know that he received them,'' Woodyard said. ``It was good just seeing him go out there, fly around and make plays. That's what he did in college.''

Trevathan played 34 snaps against Oakland, plus 14 more on special teams, and Williams played 29 snaps. Williams had five tackles and Trevathan four.

Even with Woodyard back - he returned to practice Monday - both Williams and Trevathan figure to continue getting playing time at Baltimore.

The Broncos are preparing for a Ravens team that fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday despite a 9-4 record and replaced him with Jim Caldwell, who was the Indianapolis Colts head coach from 2009-11 and Peyton Manning's position coach from 2002-08.

Woodyard said he's sure Manning will have some pointers for Denver's defense this week.

``Absolutely. He'll give us some insight about what goes on. He's got a big job already to get the offense taken care of,'' Woodyard said. ``But he's definitely the guy that always spreads wisdom on everything that he sees and knows.''

Broncos defensive tackle Justin Bannan, who played for the Ravens from 2006-09, was taken aback by Cameron's firing.

``Yeah, that is surprising, this time of year with that kind of timing,'' Bannan said. ``But I'm sure they had their reasons and at the end of the day, it's got nothing to do with us. We've got to focus on work and getting ready to play these guys.''

Bannan said it would be a mistake to put too much stock into the switch of play-callers.

``Yeah, even if (Caldwell's) there, they could change a few things,'' Bannan said. ``You just don't know, each week you're going to get different wrinkles from each team and you're going to see things that you don't prepare for and you've just got to try to adapt to it.''

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.

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