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Ngata, McPhee finally back to practicing


Ngata, McPhee finally back to practicing

While coach John Harbaugh has been inflating his injury report with every nick and bruise since the league fined the Ravens for violations last month, the one released Wednesday was slightly smaller but still significant.

Three defensive starters missed the 55-20 win against the Oakland Raiders. End Pernell McPhee (thigh) and tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) didn’t practice going into the Oakland game, but both were limited participants in practice Wednesday. Cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin), who was a late scratch against Oakland, didn’t practice.

"He's getting closer," Harbaugh said of McPhee, who has missed the last two games. "We'll see how he does this week."

The Ravens play at the Pittsburgh Steelers in a prime-time game Sunday. Fourteen players were listed for Baltimore, down from 19.

The offensive line has injury issues, too. Right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) didn’t practice and left guard Bobbie Williams (ankle) was limited. Receivers Jacoby Jones (toe) and Torrey Smith (chest) had limited participation, too, but their injuries aren’t expected to keep them out against Pittsburgh. Jones was listed as having a toe injury last week and returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. Smith, who wasn’t listed on the report last week, had two touchdown catches.

Yanda's ankle has bothered him for a few weeks, but he played 58 snaps, or 91% of the offensive plays, against Oakland.

If Smith can’t go, that means Corey Graham likely would start in the secondary again. Rookie DeAngelo Tyson started on the line in place of Ngata. Tyson, a seventh-round draft pick, was healthy but inactive for the first six games of the season. Backup Arthur Jones filled in for McPhee.

Williams’ injury appears more serious. He left the Raiders game after he re-aggravated a lingering ankle injury. Jah Reid, who missed the first seven games with a calf strain that had nagged him since the preseason, got game action for the second time this season.

Reid played nine offensive snaps in the 25-15 win at the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago but that escalated to 50 against Oakland. Williams only was able to stay on the field for 14 plays. He had surgery one year ago after breaking the ankle while with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Safety Ed Reed, who left the Oakland game in the third quarter after what he called a shoulder “stinger,” was a full participant. So was running back Ray Rice (toe), linebacker Courtney Upshaw (shoulder), Bernard Pollard (ribs), safety Sean Considine (knee/chest), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (thumbs) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (ankle).

Reed was replaced by James Ihedigbo on Sunday.

Right tackle Kelechi Osemele was wearing a brace on his right wrist but wasn’t listed on the injury report.

For Pittsburgh, seven players didn't practice Wednesday, including safety Troy Polamalu (calf). He was targeting a return to the field against the Ravens, though coach Mike Tomlin recently said it would be unlikely that he plays.

Running back Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) fully practiced as did safety Ryan Clark (concussion), who was injured in Monday night's 16-13 win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.