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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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

Looking Ahead:

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

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.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

Looking Ahead:

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

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.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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