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Ray Lewis won't be on sideline or in locker room


Ray Lewis won't be on sideline or in locker room

So much for the anticipated return of Ray Lewis to inspire a maligned Ravens defense for the second half of the season.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb has been in the locker room recently, on crutches, with his torn knee ligament.

Lewis, however, will be absent while he recovers from a torn triceps last month. Lewis is on the injured list, but he has been designated by the team as possibly being able to return. A new rule allows all NFL teams to tap one player from the injured list who can be re-activated in the event of a fast recovery.

The defense needs all the help it can get, especially Lewis' 17 years of savvy in the film room as new pieces are being shifted seemingly every week.

Cornerback Jimmy Smith has taken Webb's spot in the secondary. Dannell Ellerbe and Jameel McClain have shared Lewis' spot at middle linebacker. Now defensive end Pernell McPhee is out with a thigh injury, missing his first game Sunday when the Ravens won at the Cleveland Browns 25-15.

Players have spoken of being eager to see Lewis back at the facility in Owings Mills, Md., or on the sideline.

Won't happen, at least not anytime soon.

"He's doing well. He probably won't be in the building for a little while," coach John Harbaugh said Monday, after the Ravens improved to 6-2. "He's got a protocol he's following and I can tell you this, he's got the best doctors in the world. ... I fully trust Ray with his rehab now.

"I know he's doing everything he can to get back."

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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.