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Harbaugh: Injury reports have 'no value'


Harbaugh: Injury reports have 'no value'

One of the easiest things anyone can do is annoy Ravens coach John Harbaugh. The league office has succeeded like none other and drew his testiest comments yet.

The Ravens added three players to the injury report Friday for 19, but going into Sunday's game at the Cleveland Browns they still were lagging behind. That's because Cleveland added one to raise its list to 20 players.

Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee will miss his first game of the season because of a lingering thigh issue and has been declared out. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) didn't practice for the second day in a row and is listed as questionable.

The Browns won't have defensive back Dimitri Patterson (ankle) or defensive lineman Brian Sanford (knee) available.

Of the 39 total players listed all but five participated at least on a limited basis Friday.

The ballooning injury reports come in wake of the Ravens being fined $20,000 for not listing safety Ed Reed as having torn cartilage in his shoulder even though he didn't miss any practice time or games as a result.

The Ravens listed just five players going into their game two weeks ago at the Houston Texans. But the fine for Reed happened going into the bye week, so even though coach John Harbaugh's team is healthier, his list has more than tripled.

"We will just put every guy on there that has a hangnail, and we’ll go from there. And here’s the other thing about that, and I’m on a roll. ... Aren’t there HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) rights here?" said Harbaugh, who added receivers Tandon Doss (illness) and LaQuan Williams (ankle) and defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson (foot) to Friday's list.  "If I’m a player and I’ve been playing and I don’t want that on the injury report, and I’m told I have to be put on the injury report … We have some players that resent that. So yes, I have a problem with that, in all honesty.”

According to Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of public and community relations for the Ravens, two players took issue with being listed.

"Coach, we had two players that came and said, ‘Why did you put me on the injury list? I don’t want to be on the injury list,'” Byrne told Harbaugh during his Friday news conference. "'Haven’t missed any practices, haven’t missed a game.'”

Sixteen of the Ravens players are listed as "probable" for Sunday's game. The Browns have 15 "probable" players, and key linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (foot/toe) is questionable.

Harbaugh continued to dole out criticism of how the league handled the issue with the Ravens. He'd said when it began investigating that he didn't expect the team to be fined. He was wrong.

"If a guy goes out there and doesn’t miss a practice, doesn’t miss a game, and doesn’t want to be on the injury report, and we have to be on the injury report, I want the league’s answer on that," Harbaugh said. "I’m looking forward to hearing that. So, I’ll probably be getting fined for that now.

"There’s no credence on the injury report now. It doesn’t mean anything. It has no value. The injury report is without value.”

A reporter compared it to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's method, seemingly out of spite for league rules, of loading up his reports and putting a healthy quarterback Tom Brady on it.

It's not the money that appears to be the sticking point for Harbaugh. The fine represents a shot at his integrity and at the Ravens as an organization.

"Bill figured it out way before the rest of us did. His injury report is that long. It’s been that way for years," Harbaugh said. "We tried to do it the other way and be honest … ‘Honest’ is a bad word. Retract that. Scratch that. We tried to be straight-forward with our injury report, and we got fined for it. We’re moving on.”

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Baltimore Ravens crash Andrew Luck's homecoming with 20-19 preseason win

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Baltimore Ravens crash Andrew Luck's homecoming with 20-19 preseason win

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Baltimore Ravens spoiled Andrew Luck's Indianapolis homecoming.

They picked him off before allowing a completion, and Terrell Suggs nearly chopped the ball out of Luck's hands on a sack. The Ravens then secured a 20-19 preseason win over the Colts by stopping a late 2-point conversion run.

Luck was just OK in his first home start since Jan. 1, 2017. But he did receive a roaring ovation from the crowd when he took the field, led the Colts to one score and apparently emerged unscathed after going down twice on sacks.

"Not too sharp, certainly red-zone turnovers are a negative, missed a couple of throws I'd like to hit," he said. "And I didn't feel like we, as an offense, got into any semblance of a sustained rhythm."

Expectations were high following a solid start in Seattle.

This time, the Colts (1-1) looked sloppy.

Luck missed his first three throws, the third winding up in the hands of Ravens safety Anthony Levine Jr. Luck rebounded to finish 6 of 13 for 50 yards and set up 45-year-old Adam Vinatieri for a 57-yard field before leaving in the second quarter.

If Luck had his way, he might have played longer. But first-year coach Frank Reich wasn't taking any chances with Luck's surgically repaired arm.

"We just never found a rhythm for him and some of his balls were not his best balls," he said. "But I still have a lot of confidence we're headed in the right direction."

Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens looked better.

Flacco went 7 of 9 for 72 yards and one touchdown. Jackson then showed flashes of what helped him win the 2016 Heisman Trophy.

Jackson was 7 of 15 for 49 yards and a TD and carried four times for 26 yards before giving way to another Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, in the fourth quarter.

Indy still had a chance at the end after Tarell Basham recovered a fumble at the Ravens 9. Five plays later, Phillip Walker threw a 9-yard TD pass to Zach Pascal with 2:24 left. But the Ravens (3-0) stopped Walker on the 2-point try, recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

"Happy to get the win," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We did a lot of things that weren't winning football, especially in the second half."

The Ravens made it tough on Indy all night.

They stopped Indy twice in the red zone and nearly had a third when Jordan Wilkins fumbled the ball into the end zone, where it bounced right into the hands of receiver Chester Rogers.

Flacco gave the Ravens a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter when he hooked up with John Brown on a 7-yard score, and Jackson's masterful hurry-up drive at the end of the first half ended with Justin Tucker's 38-yard field goal with 2 seconds left.

When Colts rookie Nyheim Hines fumbled away the opening kickoff of the second half, Jackson hooked up with Chris Moore on a 7-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

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Joe Flacco not at all concerned with Jalen Ramsey's 'he sucks' comment

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Joe Flacco not at all concerned with Jalen Ramsey's 'he sucks' comment

After spending 10 years in the National Football League, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been called just about everything.

His "eliteness" has been in question ever since winning the Super Bowl during the 2012-13 season, and while Flacco is known for his "cool as a cucumber" demeanor, he still hears all the noise.

In an interview with GQ, Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey gave an uncensored review on some of the league's top players. When asked what he thinks of Flacco, Ramsey responded with "And just being honest about it, [Joe] Flacco sucks. I played him two years in a row. He sucks."

Just one of several QBs Ramsey took a shot at, Flacco will be adding his comment to the laundry list of opinions.

“I don’t really have much of a comment,” Flacco said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I don’t really care. There’s plenty of people out there saying things. Just add one more to the list. No big deal.”

After finishing the 2017 season with 3,141 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions, there were a lot of opinions surrounding Flacco's future with the team. Those opinions ramped up when the Ravens traded up in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft to select Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

But Flacco has begun quieting those doubters with what has been his strongest and healthiest training camp in years. And with Jackson still adjusting to NFL style of play, the 2018 season is Flacco's time to prove he's still got it.

While Ramsey isn't too high on Flacco, the All-Pro cornerback foresees a successful career for Jackson.

"I would've picked [Lamar Jackson] earlier than 32," Ramsey said. "I think he's gonna do a good job. Especially with the [Baltimore Ravens'] offensive coordinator—he likes running quarterbacks, likes that read option."

Among other QBs Ramsey sounded off on was Bills first-round draft pick Josh Allen, who he called "trash," said Ben Roethlisberger is "decent at best" and that Jared Goff is "average to above average."