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Ravens could be without Schaub, pair of receivers come Sunday


Ravens could be without Schaub, pair of receivers come Sunday

Quarterback Matt Schaub is officially listed as questionable on the Ravens injury report for Sunday's game against Seattle, meaning Jimmy Clausen could become the Ravens starting quarterback less than three weeks after signing with the team.

Schaub, nursing a chest injury after he took a beating at Miami last week, did not practice all week, although coach John Harbaugh said Schaub threw on his own on Thursday. 

After practice Friday, Harbaugh said, "If (Schaub) can go, he will, and if it’s best for our team for Jimmy to go, then that’s the way we’ll do it.”

Left tackle Eugene Monroe is out for Sunday with a shoulder injury. He will miss his third straight game and his seventh of the season, and a trip to season-ending injured reserve is looking increasingly likely. 

On Friday Harbaugh said, "A decision has been made" with regard to the remainder of Monroe's season, "but I don’t think it’s really for me to announce it at this time. We’ll let Eugene or Ozzie announce what the plans are with that.”

Tight end Crockett Gillmore and receiver Marlon Brown both are doubtful with back injuries. With Gillmore likely sidelined and rookie tight end Nick Boyle suspended for the final four games, the Ravens thin tight end group will include rookie Maxx Williams, who missed last week's game with a concussion, and Konrad Reuland and Richard Gordon, who were signed by the team this week.

Here is the Ravens full injury report:

OUT: T Eugene Monroe (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL: TE Crockett Gillmore (back), WR Marlon Brown (back)

QUESTIONABLE: QB Matt Schaub (chest)

PROBABLE: TE Maxx Williams (concussion), T Rick Wagner (ankle), DT Brandon Williams (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (leg); LB Elvis Dumervil (not injury related), LB  Daryl Smith (not injury related), DE Chris Canty (not injury related)

For Seattle:

OUT: RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen), DE Demarcus Dobbs (concussion), DT Jordan Hill (toe)

PROBABLE: DE Cliff Avril (not injury related), Michael Bennett (not injury related)

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst


Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 


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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."