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Ed Reed challenges one-game suspension

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Ed Reed challenges one-game suspension

The Ravens’ ever-changing secondary could lose another key piece for this Sunday’s game at the San Diego Chargers.

The NFL notified the Ravens that safety Ed Reed would be suspended for one game because of three illegal hit penalties to the head and neck in the since 2010. Reed will contest the penalty.

"He’s going to appeal the suspension right away," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We should know something very soon. … We should have a decision by Wednesday."

Reed was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty in the third quarter of Sunday’s 13-10 victory at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Reed hit Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders after he made a 20-yard catch. The ball was moved to the Ravens’ 12 but the Steelers had to settle for a field goal for the final points of the game.

Reed was hit with the same penalty in Week 3 vs. the New England Patriots when he leveled then-receiver Deion Branch at the end of the third quarter. Reed and Branch quickly exchanged pats on the helmet after the play.

"None of those were (intended) to injure or harm in any way. When you look at the hits that’s pretty obvious," Harbaugh said. "We all know Ed. Ed respects the game. He respects his fellow players…. We stand behind him.

"I was very surprised. I didn’t see that one coming."

If the suspension is upheld, Reed wouldn't be allowed to practice or be at the Ravens' facilities in addition to sitting out the road game in San Diego. He would be reinstated a week from today.

“We cannot tolerate repeated violations of rules, especially rules related to player safety,” Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations, said in a statement.  “We will continue to take the strongest possible action to deter these types of violations and protect our players.”

The Ravens already are without cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (knee) and Jimmy Smith, who could return from groin surgery by season's end.

Cornerback Chris Johnson, who was signed last week and played a key role in the victory vs. Pittsburgh, strained hamstring and only lasted six snaps. Johnson forced the first turnover of the game that led to the Ravens’ first points.

Johnson’s injury isn’t deemed serious. He left the team Monday to return home to Dallas to pack up more of his belongings.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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