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Jones-Drew running nowhere fast


Jones-Drew running nowhere fast

When the Ravensface the Jaguars in their third preseason game Thursday night, they will get afirsthand look at Jaguars second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who by allaccounts has looked much improved this preseason. Here's who theywon't see: Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who continues to sit outtraining camp in a contract dispute that gets uglier by the week.
Jones-Drew'ssituation is noteworthy to the Ravens for this reason: Like Ray Rice,Jones-Drew signed a heavily front-loaded contract extension, but now toward theend of that deal, he is not a happy camper anymore. No one is suggesting Riceand the Ravens will reach a similar impasse, but the situation is similar. To review: inApril 2009, Jones-Drew signed a four-year, 31 million extension that made himone of the three highest-paid running backs in the game. But Jones-Drew hassince seen a slew of backs -- Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, Matt Forte andArian Foster in addition -- sign lucrative new deals, and he wants one too.
But the Jaguarsaren't budging. We paid you a lot of money upfront, they essentially have toldDrew, and now you need to hold up your end of the deal.Over the pastweek, there has been plenty of sniping from both sides.Drew's agent,Adisa Bakari, told the Associated Press that Drew "is not happy."
New Jags' owner,Shad Khan, meanwhile, said that Jones-Drew's holdout "doesn't even movethe needle" in terms of his stress level. He also told the FloridaTimes-Union's Gene Frenette that, regarding Drew's holdout, "Train isleavi'n the station. Run, get on it."Jones-Drew seemsto be in no hurry to catch that train. And this situation disintegrates by theday.

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It's Friday and the Ravens still haven't announced who their starting quarterback is for Sunday

It's Friday and the Ravens still haven't announced who their starting quarterback is for Sunday

The suspense is killing us.

Will it be Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III or actually Joe Flacco starting for the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in the most important game of the season, in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals?

Well, it's almost time for happy hour on a Friday and we still don't have a definite answer.

Flacco, who is nursing a right hip injury, did not practice this week and was listed as doubtful on the team's Friday injury report.

But the good news is that Jackson, who missed Thursday's practice with an illness, was a full participant Friday. When asked whether Jackson missing the most crucial day of practice is concerning, head coach John Harbaugh had us scratching our heads.

“It’s not ideal,” Harbaugh said. “Was it part of the plan? Apparently, it was.”

Jackson admitted that the possibility of his first NFL start Sunday would bring on a few butterflies but that once the ball was snapped,"it's on."

"You have to have trust with your guys," Jackson said Wednesday. "You have to have them believing in you to put points on the board. So, that’ll be my job if I’m out there.”

And in the latest version of 'The NFL is wild,' Robert Griffin III was the only Ravens quarterback who participated in a full week of practice.

The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year hasn't started an NFL game since January 1, 2017, but has stayed up to speed in case a moment like this occurred. 

"That's my job. That's why they brought me here," Griffin III said Wednesday. "They brought me here to be a pro. They brought me here to help this team if need be. I try to help the defense every week on scout team and then do those [reps], and if my number's called I'll be able to go out there and lead this team."

Prior to this week, Flacco had only been on the team's injury report eight times and had missed only three regular-season practices. In 11 years, Flacco has missed just six games, starting the last 41. 

Guard/tackle James Hurst (back) has been ruled out for the fourth week as well as Tim Williams (ankle).

Cornerback Tavon Young (ankle), tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and safety Tony Jefferson (thigh) are listed as questionable. 


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Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline


Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline

Le'Veon Bell decided not to return to the Steelers this season, and his former teammates have apparently decided they can have his belongings. 

The All-Pro running back didn't sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by Tuesday's deadline, and thus is ineligible to play this season.

Steelers player were seen plundering his locker Wednesday in front of reporters. Defensive end Bud Dupree went right for Bell's cleats, thanking him for the Jordan brand shoes and saying he wishes Bell success.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he sent Bell his well-wishes, but got no response from his former backfield mate. 

It's unclear what Bell plans to do next, but it's crystal clear the Steelers have moved on, with his shoes in tow.