Ravens safety Ed Reed let the cat out of the bag about a shoulder injury -- a "torn labrum," he called it -- then tried to downplay the ailment Thursday.
He admitted he has been playing injured since Week 3, in a 31-30 win vs. the New England Patriots. The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds joints.
"I ain't no pitcher. I don't play baseball. So long as I'm not throwing, that's something we knew about. It's nothing to worry about," said Reed, who first made the claim on a Baltimore radio station Wednesday. "Last few weeks I've been dealing with it. … I'll be alright. In the New England game I was able to tackle."
The Ravens are especially cautious about details on injuries. Reed, 34, hasn't been listed on the injury report for a shoulder injury at any point this season. He did have a mild hamstring strain a few weeks ago.
The defense is banged up, and getting gashed for yards on the ground. The Ravens have given up more than 200 rushing yards in each of the last two games. Linebacker Ray Lewis (torn triceps) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (ACL tear) already are out for the season.
Tackles Haloti Ngata (knee) and Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee) have injuries from last week's 31-29 win vs. the Dallas Cowboys. Cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) was held out of practice Wednesday but suited up Thursday.
Webb is the Raven's best cornerback. Reed's injury could prove significant in the long run, but in his 11th season he's not changing up in Lewis' absence.
"I'm not putting anymore pressure on myself," Reed said. "We have a lot of guys in this locker room that realize everybody has to step up. We lose a guy like Ray, you lose a vocal leader but he'll be around here."
Quarterback Joe Flacco seemed allude to Reed in his comments Thursday about the circus-like atmosphere on a day when linebacker Terrell Suggs talked with media for the first time this season as he returned to practice from an Achilles tear.
"Some guys on this team like to create more drama than others, but that's just the way it is," he said.
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.
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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.
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