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Foster, Forte, Palmer sidelined Sunday

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Foster, Forte, Palmer sidelined Sunday

Starting running backs Arian Foster of Houston, Matt Forte of Chicago and Trent Richardson of Cleveland were sidelined for part of their games Sunday.

With one week remaining in the regular season, the Texans will be monitoring Foster's heart after he was removed from a loss to Minnesota with an irregular heartbeat.

``I'll be OK,'' Foster said. ``It's a very minor situation, so I'll be OK.''

Foster, the team's leading rusher, left the game after gaining 15 yards on 10 carries. He also had two catches for 14 yards. His last play came with about nine minutes left in the third quarter.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Foster had experienced the problem once before in practice.

``He calms down and he's fine,'' Kubiak said.

The medical staff told Kubiak that Foster was OK late in Sunday's game and could return. But Kubiak thought it best to give him the rest of the game off.

``I know they're on top of it and he's feeling fine,'' Kubiak said.

Forte gained 88 yards in 12 carries, including a 4-yard TD run in a win at Arizona before leaving with a right ankle injury early in the second half.

Chicago safety Chris Conti left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury.

Late in the fourth quarter of a loss at Denver, Richardson was carted off the field with a left ankle injury; the Browns offered no report on the injury.

Earlier, fellow rookie Brandon Weeden hurt his right shoulder when Von Miller crashed into the quarterback.

Weeden slammed his helmet to the ground on the sideline and walked slowly to the locker room.

Earlier in the game, cornerback Sheldon Brown left with a head injury after colliding with Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley. Brown was trying to cover Demaryius Thomas over the middle of the field when he bumped into Stokley.

Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter left with a concussion in the first quarter.

Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer hurt his back in a loss at Carolina.

Palmer was flushed from the pocket late in the first quarter, rolled right and stopped to set up. That's when defensive end Greg Hardy came in from behind and hit Palmer in his lower back with the crown of his helmet. Officials flagged Hardy for unnecessary roughness because he led with his helmet, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and an automatic first down.

X-rays on Palmer were negative.

Also, Raiders DB Phillip Adams (groin) and safety Tyvon Branch (foot) were sidelined.

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis sustained a concussion against Seattle after getting hit along the sideline by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.

Davis was attempting to haul in a pass deep in Seattle's end late in the first quarter. Davis caught the pass but was immediately knocked off his feet by Chancellor, jarring the ball loose. Davis was slow to get up, was examined by doctors on the sideline and eventually taken to the locker room for further evaluation.

Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller left in the fourth quarter of a loss to Cincinnati with a right knee injury.

Chiefs WR Terrance Copper (left knee) and DT Tyson Jackson (left foot) left a loss to Indianapolis.

Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts III and guard Uche Nwaneri left the loss to New England with concussions.

Chargers rookie safety Brandon Taylor was carted off the field in the third quarter against the Jets after injuring his right knee. Jets DB Ellis Lankster left in the second half with a concussion.

The Bucs lost CB E.J. Biggers to a groin injury in a loss to St. Louis.

Giants DL Marvin Austin and Chris Canty both left a loss at Baltimore with knee injuries. Ravens WR Anquan Boldin hurt his shoulder in the third quarter and did not return.

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Derek Wolfe always wanted to be a Raven — now he gets his chance

Derek Wolfe always wanted to be a Raven — now he gets his chance

New Ravens defensive lineman Derek Wolfe has wanted to be a Raven at three separate times during his career. 

The first time was before he was drafted in 2012 when he thought the Ravens might pick him. The second time was before the trade deadline in the 2019 season, when he debated asking Broncos general manager John Elway for a trade to Baltimore. 

The third time was the charm. After the Ravens’ signing of Michael Brockers fell through, they moved quickly to sign Wolfe to a one-year contract. 

“I'm extremely happy,” Wolfe said. “Everything happens for a reason. When things are supposed to happen, they do, and I always felt like I would fit into that organization really well.”

Wolfe thought he’d missed his chance to be a Raven when the signing of Brocks was announced at the beginning of free agency. After the deal wasn’t completed, though, he and his agent moved quickly to get him to Baltimore. 

Once a deal looked possible with the Ravens, Wolfe’s only focus was to get to Baltimore by any means necessary.

“I said, ‘I really don't care about the money,’” Wolfe said he told his agent. “‘At this point, I just want to get on that team. That's the team I want to get on, I want to be on.’

Wolfe’s contract is worth $3 million guaranteed, though he’s eying a bit longer of a stay in Baltimore.

“I feel like if I can come in there and prove myself, then they'll extend me for a few years, and I could be a part of the organization for more than just one year,” Wolfe said. “I'm just going to stick to the plan and trust the process and hope that it all works out for me,” Wolfe said. “I really would love to bring another ring to the city – help bring a ring to the city.”

He’s coming off a career season in Denver where he registered seven sacks in 12 games — a year that was cut short because of a dislocated elbow. 

Injuries have been a bit of a bugaboo for Wolfe, who has played 16 games in a season just three times in his eight-year career and just once in the last five years. While the past isn’t kind to Wolfe’s injury history, he’s confident he’s turned a corner when it comes to health. 

“It's been a bumpy road, but for the most part I've actually been pretty healthy,” Wolfe explained. “These injuries just come...It was the same injury that was nagging, and I finally got that surgery that cleared it up. I dislocated my elbow, obviously, having the best season of my career, showing that I have a ton of football left, and then I go out there and dislocate my elbow. And I think that hurt me.”

Not only confident about his health, but he’s also got high hopes for his new defensive line, too. 

“It was just like, ‘You know what, man? I think we can have the best defensive line in the league, for sure, and we could break records,” Wolfe said. “We could break the rushing record – yards per rush, stuff like that.’ Those are the kind of goals that I like to set.”

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New Ravens DL Derek Wolfe: ‘I think we can have the best defensive line in the league’

New Ravens DL Derek Wolfe: ‘I think we can have the best defensive line in the league’

Derek Wolfe is set to join a Ravens team that broke all kinds of records in 2019 — offensive records.

With Lamar Jackson at quarterback, the Ravens averaged the most points in the league last season and broke the record for team rushing yards in a season.

Now, Wolfe thinks they can break defensive records, too.

“When I saw that Calais (Campbell) was going up there and I knew that Brandon (Williams) was up there already, it was a no-brainer for me,” Wolfe said during a conference call Friday. “It was just like, ‘You know what, man? I think we can have the best defensive line in the league, for sure, and we could break records. We could break the rushing record – yards per rush, stuff like that.’”

Wolfe, who came over from the Broncos after spending the first eight years of his career there, is set to start on a revamped defensive front with Campbell and Williams.  

He posted a career year last season and finished with seven sacks, and paired with the new-look front, he’s confident in the Ravens new front.

“I feel like as a defensive lineman and as a defense as a whole, I think we're going to be able to eat these quarterbacks up, especially with the secondary that we have,” Wolfe said.

He doesn’t think the goals are too lofty, though. They’re the expectation for both himself and his defensive unit.

“Those are the kind of goals that I like to set,” Wolfe said. “Sometimes you don't reach them, but you can get close, and that helps you win. So, I think that we're going to be able to shut that run game down, and then when it comes to our offense keeping us up by 10, 20 points a game, it's going to get ugly for these quarterbacks.”

Those quarterbacks he’s referencing, as it turns out, can even include former league MVP and current Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes — Wolfe’s former division rival.

The Ravens are set to host the Chiefs in the 2020 season, a matchup that will surely be seen by many as a game between the league's two best teams.

“I’ve been playing against him twice a year for so long, and I was trying to say that it’s nice to be in a different division,” Wolfe said. “It’s nice to be in a different division where I’m not playing against the same guys year-in, year-out. It’s nice to get some fresh faces, that’s what I was trying to get around with that. Nothing against him as a player; he’s an unbelievable player, and he’s tough to beat. I’m looking forward to beating him twice.”

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