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Timing of Keenum's concussion raises questions

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Timing of Keenum's concussion raises questions

BALTIMORE – Late in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum was sacked by Timmy Jernigan, appearing in the process to slam his head against the turf at M&T Bank Stadium as he was pulled down. Keenum remained in the game for two plays after Jernigan’s sack, which occurred with 1:10 to play.

That second play was a Keenum fumble that gave Baltimore possession with 0:54 to play and ultimately led to a 47-yard game winner from Justin Tucker that gave the Ravens a 16-13 victory.

About 30 minutes after Sunday’s game, a team public relations representative, who had originally said that Keenum was to be available shortly in the media interview room, said the quarterback had been diagnosed with a concussion and would be unavailable.

According to NBC Sports’ Mike Florio, the Rams and the ATC spotters didn’t remove Keenum from the game, which they have the power to do.

“It’s possible that [the] ATC spotter wasn’t paying attention. It’s more possible that the ATC spotter was reluctant to yank Keenum off the field during crunch time,” Florio wrote in ‘Pro Football Talk.’

“Regardless, the ATC spotter failed to protect a player who needed to be protected from himself. Keenum was never going to tap out voluntarily. In moments like that, the ATC spotter is there for one purpose: To tap out the player involuntarily.”

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During his postgame comments, St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher was asked if he had considered removing Keenum, who was 12 for 26 for 132 yards—not because of injury—but because of poor performance.

“No, I did not,” he said quietly.

Fisher went to Keenum after Nick Foles had a horrible game against Chicago, and before he learned of the injury, said he would play him against Cincinnati next Sunday.

“I’m going to give Case a good week of practice. I expect him to do better than he did today. You can see if he’s mobile, if he can move around, if he can do things,” Fisher said.

Keenum, who lost two fumbles, was defended by wide receiver Tavon Austin. Austin, who went to Baltimore’s Dunbar H.S., less than three miles away from M&T Bank Stadium, wasn’t upset with Keenum.

“Case is going to be Case. He did what he could do,” Austin said. 

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."

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