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Harbaugh mum on Suggs' status


Harbaugh mum on Suggs' status

Will Terrell Suggs play Sunday vs. the Houston Texans?

Despite varying reports that he could, the logical answer for a franchise that's not prone to panicking or making short-term, knee-jerk decisions -- don't count on it.

The linebacker has yet to be activated by the Ravens though he has been designated to practice from the physically-unable-to-perform list for the first time since tearing his Achilles.

With Baltimore entering a bye week after Sunday it wouldn't make much sense to rush him back. And why activate Suggs now if he's not able to play significant snaps when the defense already has been depleted by season-ending injuries to linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb, knee strains with two starting tackles (Haloti Ngata and Ma'ake Kemoeatu),  cornerback Jimmy Smith limited by a groin strain, safety Bernard Pollard possibly still bothered by injured ribs from Week 2 and safety Ed Reed complaining about a cartilage tear in his shoulder.

"If I knew I wouldn't tell you," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday when asked about Suggs' status. "He's done a really good job. This is a very serious injury (and) he's worked really hard. … We've practiced him all week. We aren't too interested in (Houston) knowing one way or the other."

Reed, who hasn't been listed on any injury reports for his shoulder, revealed this week that he has a torn labrum.

"We have probably 25 or 30 guys that have things like that -- things they can play through that don't cost any time, practice-wise or game-wise," Harbaugh said. "What he's talking about are the things that all these guys have. There are always a lot of bumps and bruises and nicks and tears, if you will, that guys have to deal with."

The rule of thumb is when a player is rebounding from a major injury and insists that he's ready to get back on the field, hold him out at least another two weeks on general principle. Players will always push the limits of their bodies against their own better judgment.

Suggs doesn't appear to be in ideal game shape yet. Couple that with the lateral movement and explosions that will be required to play in a game of this magnitude vs. the Texans, would the reward (one regular season win) be worth the risk (losing Suggs for the season)?  At worst, the Ravens would be 5-2 and still in control of the AFC North going into Week 9 at the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens are a franchise that stays the course. Look at the case of Ray Rice, who is only getting 16 carries per game. Despite occasional criticism they aren't giving him the ball enough, the Ravens aren't diverting from the script because they not only want to preserve him for the playoffs but coaches have reiterated they're thinking long-term since re-signing the 5-foot-8 running back to a five-year, $40 million deal coming into the season.

So again, why would a francishe this practical play Suggs on Sunday? It's just not in its personality.

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp


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.