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Injury report triples in size

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Injury report triples in size

Coming out of the Ravens' bye week, no one should be surprised by the hefty injury report from coach John Harbaugh.

The team was fined $20,000 for not listing safety Ed Reed on its injury report for having torn cartilage in his shoulder even though he didn't miss practice time and has played in every game this season.

So after a week of rest, Harbaugh's injury list ballooned three times its size from the last game to 15. DE Pernell McPhee (thigh) didn't practice Wednesday while WR Jacoby Jones (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder) and CB Jimmy Smith (abs) had limited participation.

Then there were 11 others who participated fully but were listed by Harbaugh: CB Chykie Brown (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (hand), S James Ihedigbo (hand), DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), OT Bryant McKinnie (thigh), OT Michael Oher (ankle), OT Kelechi Osemele (ankle), S Bernard Pollard (chest), LB Terrell Suggs (ankle), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and Reed.

Before the Ravens' 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans, they just five reported injuries. Only Kemoeatu didn't play in that game.

Harbaugh was miffed by the fine because Reed didn't miss practice time. He promised that his injury report would be ample starting with Sunday's game with the Cleveland Browns. And it will continue to be stocked full of names for a team that has been battered despite it's 5-2 record.

Reed was simply annoyed by the process and lamented about the NFL front office's increasingly heavy-handed tactics.

"It wasn't a serious injury that should have been reported because I wasn't out," he said. "That goes to show you about the integrity of the game and how it's changed and how they're making more decisions and fining us and taking away from football. ... They're taking money and fining you for small stuff. Anything possible they can fine for you (for they will) ...  We are the ones who really are the NFL -- the players."

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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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