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McPhee set to return from knee injury

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McPhee set to return from knee injury

While the secondary took a hit the loss of Jimmy Smith to surgery for a torn abdominal muscle, the line will get a boost with Pernell McPhee ready to return.

McPhee, the starting defensive end who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, declared he’d be on the field Sunday when the Ravens play at the Pittsburgh Steelers in a prime-time game on NBC.

"I feel like I’m ready. I feel like I’m 100 percent," said McPhee, who practiced for the second day in a row Thursday. "First time I went out to practice (Wednesday), didn’t have on a knee brace. I feel very comfortable going out running the drills, doing one-on one-drills, doing individual drills."

McPhee didn't practice last week going into the Ravens' 55-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. He has been part of a unit that has had trouble getting to opposing quarterbacks. He only has a half-sack after tallying six last season.

The Ravens have just 16 sacks through nine games.

McPhee took limited snaps, according to the Ravens, as did tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) for the second day in a row. Ngata dressed but didn't play vs. the Raiders.

Right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) was upgraded after not practicing Wednesday. He had limited participation.

Tackle Terrence Cody (arm) and safety Christian Thompson (thigh) were added to the list of 15 by coach John Harbaugh. They were limited participants along with receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle) and receiver Torrey Smith (chest).

McPhee was almost giddy about his propsects of returning.

"The quickness is coming back," he said. "We (were) out doing drills and coach told me I look pretty good. I was moving pretty good."

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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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