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McKinnie expects starting job back


McKinnie expects starting job back

Now that the Ravens are having issues protecting quarterback Joe Flacco, will there be changes heading into Sunday's home game vs. the Dallas Cowboys or the near future?

It last week's 9-6 struggle vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, it marked the second time this season Flacco had been sacked four times in a game. Rookie Kelechi Osemele has been starting at right tackle and virtual rookie Ramon Harewood, in his third year after two injury-plagued seasons, is at left guard.

Former starting left tackle Bryant McKinnie believes it's a matter of time before he gets the call for his old job.

"I'm ready to get back. I will be back at a certain point. Just don't know exactly when," said McKinnie, who was replaced by Michael Oher after he was moved from right tackle to create room for Osemele.

McKinnie was demoted during training camp, taking snaps mostly with the second unit after he reported late and wasn't in top shape. A week before the season-opener, the Ravens threatened to cut him unless he restructured his contract. McKinnie almost left, but a deal was worked out in the 11th hour.

"Bryant's ready to play right now. Circumstances dictate a lot of things sometimes," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday.

This is McKinnie's 11th season after spending the first nine with the Minnesota Vikings.

"This is the first time I've ever had a break since I got in the league. I jumped in and went straight ahead, never really missed any games," he said. "It does seem weird being on the sideline not really contributing as much. I'm just playing my part right now. Better believe when I get back in there I'm going to show you all what you've been missing."

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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.