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Offensive linemen Osemele, Monroe doubtful vs. Browns


Offensive linemen Osemele, Monroe doubtful vs. Browns

OWINGS MILLS – Making his first start for the Ravens, quarterback Matt Schaub may be playing behind an injury-depleted offensive line Monday night in Cleveland against the Browns.

Both left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder) and left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) were listed as doubtful on Saturday’s injury report, as was wide receiver Marlon Brown (back) and tight end Chase Ford (shoulder). Ravens cornerback Shareece Wright (back) was listed as questionable.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh did not rule out either Monroe or Osemele, even though neither player practiced all week.

“Just get them to Monday night, we have an extra day, see how they’re doing,” Harbaugh said. “If they can play, they will. That’s the kind of guys they are. If they can’t, the next guys are ready to play. I think it’s a cohesive group, I’m not too worried about the O-line at all. We have depth, and no matter who is playing is going to play really well.”

John Urschel started at center in place of Zuttah against the Rams, and James Hurst (left tackle) and Ryan Jensen (left guard) are expected to start Monday if Monroe and Osemele cannot.

Even if Schaub is forced to play without three-fifths of the Ravens’ normal starting offensive line, coach John Harbaugh insists expectations should not change. The Ravens (3-7) will be trying to win two straight for the first time all season, against a Browns (2-8) team that won in Baltimore in October.

“We want to go win a football game,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a fight out there. We’re not sitting there saying, ‘Oh, I wonder what everybody thinks about me.’ We’re not in seventh grade here. I wonder what they think of me? What are they texting about us? What does Snapchat say? I have a daughter in eighth grade. There are a lot of bullies in the cyber world, right? We don’t care what they think.”

For the Browns, cornerback Joe Haden, and wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Andre Hawkins were listed as out with concussions, along with defensive end Randy Starks (knee). Guard Joel Bitonio (ankle) and linebacker Nate Orchard (groin) were questionable. Starting quarterback Josh McCown (ribs) was probable, as was third-string quarterback Johnny Manziel (elbow) and cornerback Donte Whitner (concussion).


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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp


Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 


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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.