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RG3, Cutler, Bowe, Fred Jackson injured

Star quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Jay Cutler were injured Sunday, although Griffin's sprained right knee did not cost Washington a victory.

Griffin was hurt in the final minute, but fellow rookie Kirk Cousins came on to throw for a touchdown and a 2-point conversion with 29 seconds remaining. The Redskins then won in overtime against Baltimore, 31-28, and later said Griffin doesn't have a major knee injury.

Cutler left a 21-14 loss at Minnesota hurt his neck after taking a hit to the head in the fourth quarter by defensive end Everson Griffen that drew a penalty. Cutler stayed in for the rest of that drive, but when the Bears got the ball back Jason Campbell was in the game instead.

As for Griffin, the sensational No. 2 overall draft pick, he was helped off the field after Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata landed on him at the end of a 13-yard scramble. Griffin returned for four plays, then dropped to the turf on his knees and left again.

Griffin had an X-ray at the stadium, and doctors poking at his knee told him that his ligaments ``felt good.''

``I'm not a doctor, but I know what an ACL feels like,'' Griffin said. ``And it doesn't feel like an ACL. ... If I felt that, I'd be pretty nervous. But we won the game, everybody's praying for me, I feel pretty good right now about the whole situation. I'm not too nervous, but I'll definitely be praying during the MRI.

``I knew as soon as I got hit. I screamed. Like a man, of course,'' Griffin added with a laugh. ``It hurt really bad.''

Griffin was limping and wearing a big black brace on his knee in the locker room afterward.

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda sprained his right ankle and wore a black walking boot on his foot in the locker room. LB Jameel McClain had a neck injury, but X-rays were negative. FB Vonta Leach sprained his ankle. Ray Rice had a left hip pointer.

Chicago's Cutler said his neck was bothering him all afternoon and worsened as the game went on, complaining of stiffness. He missed a game last month because of a concussion.

``I thought he fought `til the end,'' coach Lovie Smith said.

The Bears took several more hits on the injury front.

Kicker Robbie Gould strained his left calf in warm-ups, limiting his ability to take long kicks. He was kicking midrange field goals without trouble shortly before the game started, but punter Adam Podlesh handled the kickoffs. Gould made the extra point after both of Chicago's touchdowns and tried an onside kick near the end of the game.

``It is of some concern,'' Smith said.

Defensive tackle Henry Melton limped off in the first quarter and was taken to the locker room on a cart. He returned in the second quarter but then hurt his shoulder. Three backups were also hurt: defensive end Shea McClellin (knee), safety Craig Steltz (chest) and cornerback Sherrick McManus (knee).

The Bears were already missing three defensive starters: nose tackle Stephen Paea, linebacker Brian Urlacher and cornerback Tim Jennings, plus wide receiver Earl Bennett.

Vikings CB A.J. Jefferson suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter and will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Buffalo RB Fred Jackson's right leg was sandwiched by two Rams as they made a tackle on a 2-yard run near midfield in the Bills' loss to St. Louis. With a towel over his head, Jackson was then carted off from the sideline, with fans chanting ``Freddie! Freddie!''

Coach Chan Gailey would only say the injury did not look good after the game.

Rams safety Craig Dahl did not return after sustaining a concussion and left tackle Rodger Saffold couldn't finish because of a nagging back injury.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles returned at Cleveland after sustaining a rib injury that knocked him out for one series. Kansas City, though, lost leading receiver Dwayne Bowe, who injured his ribs in the first half and didn't come back.

San Francisco DT Demarcus Dobbs went down with a right knee injury and was carted to the locker room against the Dolphins. LB Tavares Gooden hurt his ribs.

Miami LB Koa Misi sustained an ankle injury.

Steelers left guard Willie Colon left the loss to San Diego with a left knee injury.

Indianapolis played the second half of its win over Tennessee without center Samson Satele (ankle) and RT Winston Justice (biceps). Titans TE Jared Cook left with a right shoulder injury.

Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a knee injury against New Orleans, but returned, and cornerback Prince Amukamara hurt a hamstring.

Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew injured his ankle in the first half of the Lions' 27-20 loss to Green Bay.

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Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Ravens have made another move to keep their defense intact long-term. 

Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has reportedly signed a three-year contract extension that will make Martindale the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL. But as for the future, the team expects him to be a head coaching candidate after the 2020 season. 

Martindale, 56, has been in Baltimore since 2012 where he started as the team’s linebackers coach. He held that position through 2017 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2018. 

In 2018, his first season as coordinator, he led the Ravens defense to a league best 292.9 yards allowed per game and was runner-up for Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Ravens lost some significant pieces after 2018 season and were without Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle and Za’Darius Smith in 2019. After struggling in three of the first four weeks of the season, the revamped defense eventually took shape. 

Baltimore allowed just 15.1 points per game after the Week 4 loss to Cleveland, where it allowed 40 points — their most all season. 

Through the whole season, the Ravens allowed 300.2 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the league. They also ranked third in total points with 17.6 points allowed per game. 

The unit took shape with some key mid-season acquisitions — most notably Marcus Peters, Jihad Ward and Josh Bynes — and lifted the unit to one of the best in the league along with its NFL-best offense.

In a season of new contracts for the Ravens defense, they’ve now extended cornerback Tavon Young, linebacker L.J. Fort, defensive lineman and linebacker Patrick Ricard, Peters and, most recently, safety Chuck Clark in the last year.

Now, the man leading the defense will be in the fold for a few more years, too. 

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Baltimore Ravens’ starting left guard Bradley Bozeman showed off one of his many talents earlier this week as he dominated a 72-ounce steak dinner. 

Bozeman accomplished this feat at The Big Texan Steak Ranch while traveling with his wife. The restaurant is famous for this eating challenge, which involves eating over 4 pounds of steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad topped off with a butter roll in under an hour. 

Although Bozeman is an absolute unit of a person, this was still no small feat. Bozeman strategized during the meal in order to ensure success as he switched from steak sauce to honey. Yet, Bozeman still questioned his ability to successfully finish with just 2 ounces of steak left. He even instructed his wife who was filming in the audience to shut the camera off in fear of getting sick on camera.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Bozeman told ESPN. “The last bite was rough.”

Bozeman pushed on and not only finished the steak, but even had a little carrot cake for dessert. His prize? Free dinner, a t-shirt, and most likely a massive stomach ache. 

Despite his claim that this was “the toughest food thing” he’s ever done, Bozeman flashed a big smile holding the prized shirt which read “I ate it all!”

Bozeman is now one of only approximately 10,000 people who have successfully finished the meal, with over 110,000 people having tried. 

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