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Smith, Pierce active for Ravens against Broncos

Smith, Pierce active for Ravens against Broncos

DENVER (AP) Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and running back Bernard Pierce are active for the AFC divisional playoffs against the Denver Broncos on Saturday.

Smith (back) and Pierce (knee) were limited in practice this week.

Return specialist Trindon Holliday (ankle) returns to the field for Denver after missing the regular season finale against Kansas City.

The Broncos will be without cornerback Tracy Porter, who suffered a concussion against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 23. Porter was being used in the nickel package after losing his job to Chris Harris. Receiver Andre Caldwell and tight end Julius Thomas also are inactive for Denver.

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Baltimore Ravens super fan who is blind to make NFL Draft pick history

Baltimore Ravens super fan who is blind to make NFL Draft pick history

The NFL Draft is highly anticipated among hundreds of NFL hopefuls anxiously waiting to hear their names called. This year, in particular, the 2019 NFL Draft will be extra special for 13-year-old Baltimore Ravens super fan Mo Gaba. 

Gaba, who is blind, will be the first person in history to announce an NFL draft pick off of a card written in Braille. On Saturday, the 13-year-old will call out the Ravens’ fourth-round pick and No.123 overall. 

Gaba lost his sight when he was nine months old and is battling cancer for the third time. 

On Wednesday, while Gaba was calling a local radio show 98 Rock, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh dialed in on the call and surprised Gaba with an invitation to announce the pick.  

“What? Really? I’ve never done that before,” Gaba said with a big smile on his face. “I would like to do that yeah.”

Harbaugh also told the 13-year-old that the Ravens will send a car to pick him and his mother up and that they’d be sure to grant him with red-carpet treatment. 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Justin Tucker kept the game ball from his first missed extra point

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Justin Tucker kept the game ball from his first missed extra point

It's Draft Day, baby!

Before the 2019 NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night in Nashville, Tn, here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. The Ravens made a VERY smart move Wednesday by signing kicker Justin Tucker to a four-year extension that will keep him in Baltimore through the 2023 season. In seven seasons, Tucker has experienced the highest of highs, and just last year, the low of his first missed extra point Week 7 against the Saints. Memorable as it is something we rarely see from Tucker, the 29-year-old has that game ball on display as a reminder of the ups and downs of his career.

“That’s a part of my story, and I want to be able to look at that and realize that was a learning moment,” Tucker said. “It was, perhaps, a pivotal moment for me as a professional.”

“I think it’s incredibly important for any football player, any athlete, anybody, to learn form both your successes and your failures,” Tucker said.

2. The Ravens are making one very special fans' dream come true this weekend during the NFL Draft. Mo Gaba, a 13-year-old superfan who's been blind since he was nine months old and is battling cancer for the fourth time, will announce the team's fourth-round pick from the Ravens' Draft Fest at the Inner Harbor Saturday. Gaba will be the first person ever to announce an NFL draft pick in Braille. 

3. General manager Eric DeCosta will lead his first-ever war room Thursday night, but he won't be kicking former GM Ozzie Newsome out of his usual seat at the head of the table. 

“I’ve been in that seat for a long time,” DeCosta said via the Ravens' website.

“The other reason is Ozzie doesn’t like change a lot,” DeCosta said. “He still gets his hair cut on Friday, he’s on a treadmill three times a day. He only started using an iPhone about six months ago. No, that’s not actually true

“But he definitely doesn’t like change, and I just feel like if we moved his seat, he’d be really flustered.”

4. The Ravens are showing increased interest in Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. John Harbaugh did mention earlier in the offseason that the team could add another playmaker in the Ravens' backfield.

5. Free agent pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah reportedly visited the Ravens Wednesday. Drafted fifth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Lions, the Ravens could use Ansah after losing Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith in free agency.


Looking Ahead:

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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