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RG3 sustains concussion; Polamalu re-injures calf

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RG3 sustains concussion; Polamalu re-injures calf

Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Matt Cassel were knocked out of their games with head injuries Sunday, and Steelers star safety Troy Polamalu limped off the field after aggravating his strained right calf.

Redskins rookie Griffin sustained a ``mild concussion,'' according to coach Mike Shanahan, when he took a shot to the helmet while scrambling to try to avoid a sack during Washington's 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Griffin left the game about 10 minutes in to the second half and did not return. He also was treated for a cut on his chin.

``He wasn't sure what quarter it was in the third quarter. So at that time, when he wasn't really sure what the score was, what the quarter was, we knew he had a mild concussion - at least according to the doctors,'' Shanahan said.

Team spokesman Tony Wyllie said Griffin was examined by a neurologist in the locker room before being sent home from the team's stadium and will be evaluated again Monday. NFL rules require a player diagnosed by the team medical staff with a concussion to sit out the rest of the game. The player also can't return to practice or game action until a team doctor and independent neurologist clear him.

About three hours after the game, Griffin wrote on Twitter: ``I'm ok and I think after all the testing I will play next week.''

Cassel, Kansas City's quarterback, left with a head injury in the fourth quarter after getting hit by Baltimore's Haloti Ngata while attempting a pass. Cassel remained flat on his back for several minutes before getting helped up and walking off the field under his own power. Backup Brady Quinn entered the game to a round of applause.

Cassel was 9 of 15 for 92 yards and two interceptions when he left the game won by Baltimore 9-6.

Polamalu left Pittsburgh's 16-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter. He limped off following a fumble by Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. The 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year watched the entire second quarter from a seat on the bench and did not move. He was replaced by backup Ryan Mundy.

Polamalu missed each of Pittsburgh's previous two games after injuring the calf in a season-opening loss in Denver.

The Steelers also lost linebacker LaMarr Woodley with a strained right hamstring.

Browns middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson left Cleveland's 41-27 loss to the Giants with a concussion and did not return.

Jackson, one of the team's defensive leaders, was hurt in the second quarter, when the Browns allowed 20 points. The Browns also lost starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson in the second half to an ankle injury.

The Giants also lost a player to a head injury when backup running back Andre Brown took a hard hit on a kickoff runback.

Titans running back Javon Ringer was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of a 30-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings with a left knee injury.

Ringer was injured with just over three minutes to play after catching a pass near the sideline and heading up the field. Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson wrestled him to the turf, twisting the running back down awkwardly.

Ringer's knee appeared to buckle as he went down, and he immediately grabbed it in pain as teammates gathered around him. There was no immediate word on the severity of his injury.

New Orleans starting cornerback Jabari Greer left Sunday night's 31-24 win over San Diego because of what team officials called a hip injury.

Greer was hurt late in the second quarter and did not return, a blow for a New Orleans team already ranked last in the NFL in defense.

Second-year pro Johnny Patrick took over for Greer, with rookie Corey White entering on passing downs as the nickel back.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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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. 

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