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NFL's inquiry into Reed's injury not a concern


NFL's inquiry into Reed's injury not a concern

When Ed Reed admitted last week that he was playing with torn cartilage in his shoulder, the NFL launched an investigation.

Reed hadn't been listed on the Ravens' injury report, and coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that the injury is legitimate.

The league is looking at game and practice tape of Reed, who has been present and could be seen practicing during early viewing for media.

"What they'll find with Ed is that he's practiced 100 percent all the time, and he's played in all the games. He hasn't missed any game time because of the injury," Harbaugh said. "So our understanding of the rule has been if they don't miss any time at all according to the injury, then they don't have to be on the injury report. So there are some nuances there."

The NFL fined the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills $20,000 each for violations.

The Bills didn't include Mario Williams on its report even though he had a cast on his wrist. The Redskins downplayed a head injury to Robert Griffin III, who had a concussion but the team labeled him as just "shaken up."

While Harbaugh acknowledges 25-30 players at any given time have some sort of ailments seven games into the season, he doesn't see it as necessary to over-report it. Several Ravens staffers were instrumental in helping write the policy, according to Harbaugh.

"I'm very confident that we understand that rule as well as anybody in the league, and we've kept the injury report very tight. We've kept it to the guys who have to be on the injury report," he said. "Not that we're trying to hide any injuries, but we could do what some other teams do and put a bunch of guys on there. And I'm just as happy to do that. ...

"Whatever they tell us to do, we'll do. We're trying to follow the rules."

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NFL analyst Warren Sharp bullish on Lamar Jackson headed into season

NFL analyst Warren Sharp bullish on Lamar Jackson headed into season

Warren Sharp held nothing back when discussing Lamar Jackson’s 2018 season. 

In a blog post on his website, Sharp posted an article titled ‘You’re Wrong About Lamar Jackson’ that detailed why he thinks Jackson isn’t only underrated but poised for a breakout year. 

Sharp, a former engineer, is a football analyst who specializes in advanced statistics in relation to football. And when it comes to the Ravens second-year quarterback, he’s as high as ever. 

On The Daily Line, Sharp said, “I just think he’s severely underestimated with what people saw last season. What people don’t realize is that out of the 11 rookie quarterbacks in the NFL who started when they were 21-years older or less, Lamar Jackson had the best passer rating in NFL history.”

Jackson, who started the last seven games of the Ravens season last year, finished 6-1 as a starter, but left some doubting his ability to sustain that success. Notably, it was his passing touch that left analysts and fans questioning whether or not he was the right quarterback for the Ravens.

But Sharp is one analyst who is confident in what Jackson’s skillset can do for the Ravens, who are expected to run the ball more than any team in the league. 

Jackson also posted a snippet of the blog to his Instagram story on Tuesday, too. 

The Ravens open up the season on Sept. 8 against the Dolphins, where Jackson will begin his quest to prove his doubters wrong — and Sharp right. 


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Ray Lewis is bringing his swagger and creativity to Dancing with the Stars

Ray Lewis is bringing his swagger and creativity to Dancing with the Stars

Evacuate the dance floor. Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis will be taking his talents to ABC's Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America announced Wednesday.

After two Super Bowl, Vince Lombardi trophies, Lewis has his eyes set on winning the coveted Mirror Ball trophy, awarded to the winning dance duo on DWTS.

New York Giants Hall of Famer and now GMA host contributor Michael Strahan, set the bar high for Lewis, who was known for his creative touchdown celebration dances during his 17-year career with the Ravens.

"I know you're going to bring some swagger to the ballroom man, because you brought it on the field," Strahan said.

Lewis is not the only DMV football player to join the DWTS cast, Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was one of three finalists last year.

Lewis joins other notable cast members such as The Bachelorette's Hannah Brown and NBA's Lamar Odom.

You can watch Lewis compete on DWTS season 28 beginning Monday, Sept. 16 on ABC.