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Ravens blow late lead, lose to Browns in OT

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Ravens blow late lead, lose to Browns in OT

BALTIMORE -- Five things we learned watching the Ravens (1-4) lose 33-30 to the Browns, a stunning defeat for them at M&T Bank Stadium:

1. The Ravens have never been in this kind of October trouble under coach John Harbaugh

Welcome to the AFC North basement. The Ravens are injury riddled, and their next two games are out West against the 49ers and the Cardinals. Things could get worse before they get better. Think about it. The Ravens still haven’t won a home game yet. They had not lost to the Browns since 2007. Things that never happened to the Ravens since Harbuugh and quarterback Joe Flacco arrived in 2008 have happened this year. The forecast for the Ravens right now looks very bleak.

2. Ravens injuries are a huge concern

The list of Ravens injuries that were announced included outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (groin), cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh), cornerback Will Davis (knee), and wide receiver Darren Waller (concussion). Ravens running back Justin Forsett , who had 121 yards rushing, Webb remained in uniform on the sideline after his injury, which could be an indication that his injury would not be long-term. However, Dumervil’s injury could be very damaging to the defense, as could the mounting injuries to the secondary. Terrell Suggs (Achilles injury) is already gone for the season, and he and Dumervil combined for 29 sacks last season. Meanwhile, imagine if Brooks, Webb, and Davis are all unable to play Week 6 against the 49ers. The Browns moved the ball up and down the field in the second half. The Ravens may not be able to stop the 49ers, or any other opponent, with a patchwork defense.

3. The Ravens generated offense without Steve Smith (back injury)

Without their leading receiver, the Ravens scored 30 points, which is usually enough. Give credit to Kamar Aiken (four catches, 78 yards) who has stepped up this season more than any other Ravens receiver not named Smith. However, the Ravens stalled out when it mattered most, settling for a field goal at the end of regulation, then going three-and-out on their first possession of OT. Not having Smith in those clutch moments really hurt.

4. Wide receiver Jeremy Ross gave the Ravens a major boost

Ross won’t be going back to the practice squad anytime soon. He had a 46-yard kickoff return, a 17-yard punt rerun, and caught two passes for 18 yards. The Ravens have found a returner, and another target for Flacco.

5. Browns quarterback Josh McCown is a problem for the Ravens

McCown beat Baltimore in 2013 when he was with the Bears. He did it again today, with a superb performance, throwing for 457 yards. McCown may not get respect everywhere, but he should get it from the Ravens.

MORE RAVENS: CB Davis, Webb both leave game in second quarter

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Ravens trade for Marcus Peters in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young

Ravens trade for Marcus Peters in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young

The Ravens made a trade Monday for Marcus Peters to bolster their secondary, the team announced. 

The trade is for Kenny Young and an undisclosed 2020 draft pick.

Peters, 26, is in the last year of his rookie deal that pays him just over nine million dollars against the cap in his second year as a Ram.  He was selected to the Pro Bowl twice in his career and was a First Team All-Pro in 2016 as well as a Second Team All-Pro in 2015. He has played in 67 career games in his five seasons for the Chiefs — who drafted him in 2015 — and the Rams. 

This year, Peters has two interceptions this season and 14 tackles in six games. Since 2015, he has an NFL-best 24 interceptions. He also has 208 career tackles and 67 career passes defensed.

The Ravens secondary was littered with injuries this year, as cornerbacks Jimmy Smith, Tavon Young and Iman Marshall have been out long-term, and safeties Tony Jefferson and DeShon Elliott were lost for the season.

Young started the season in the lineup, but fell out of favor after the additions of linebackers Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort. Young is a 2018 fourth round pick of the Ravens and has made 13 total tackles this season, including two quarterback hits. He played in 16 games last season and started three. He also started three games in 2019.

Baltimore will head to Los Angeles for a Monday Night Football game on Nov. 25. 

This post has been updated.

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Ravens safety DeShon Elliott likely out for the season with knee injury

Ravens safety DeShon Elliott likely out for the season with knee injury

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just one game after losing a starting safety for the season with a knee injury, the Ravens lost another key contributor in the secondary. 

DeShon Elliott suffered a knee injury Sunday against the Bengals and will likely be out for the remainder of the season, coach John Harbaugh said. 

“I do have bad news with DeShon Elliott, it looks like he’s going to be out for the year, unfortunately,” Harbaugh said. “Just way worse than we thought it was going to be, doctors thought after the game. That’s preliminary, but it sounded like they were pretty confident that it wasn’t good.”

Elliott, a second-year pro out of Texas, was a sixth round pick in 2018, but missed the season with a broken forearm. 

He played in six games this season and registered six total tackles.

Elliott’s injury is the second season-ending injury to a safety in back-to-back weeks, as Tony Jefferson is out with a knee injury as well. 

Harbaugh said it was “very possible” the team could explore adding a player outside the organization to fill Elliott and Jefferson’s spot in the secondary.

Through the season, the Ravens have now lost Tavon Young, Jefferson and Elliott to season-ending injuries and are still without Jimmy Smith, who is out with an MCL sprain.

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