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Osemele dodges major injury


Osemele dodges major injury

Getting pounded in a 30-point loss to the Houston Texans was debilitating enough for the Ravens.

Then they almost lost rookie right tackle Kelechi Osemele, who was engaged in a block when a pile of players crunched against his right leg.

It didn't look good as Osemele appeared headed to the season-ending injury list.

"I just heard a pop in my knee and my ankle. I was real worried about it. Couldn't feel it because I had so much adrenaline going," said Osemele, who was replaced by veteran Bryant McKinnie but returned to start the third quarter. "I lost so much strength I thought something was definitely damaged."

Fortunately for Osemele, the X-rays were negative. It was a shocking twist because he hobbled and had to be assisted to a cart. Osemele couldn't put pressure on his right leg. Athletic trainers also put a soft cast on him as he was wheeled off the field.

"Nothing was broken," said Osemele, who admitted he was taken aback by the diagnosis. "I got some shots in me. The pain started kicking in later. Then it kind of felt like I didn't have strength in it but once the pain went away I was like, 'Im just going to finish out the game.' "

The Ravens are entering a bye week, which will give Osemele time to rebound so he'll be at full strength for Nov. 4 at the Cleveland Browns.

"I'll be good," he said. "Regardless of what happens I'm going to be in there. I'll be alright."

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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.