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Unreported injuries could get costly


Unreported injuries could get costly

The Ravens were fined $20,000 for not disclosing Ed Reed's shoulder injury, though that penalty was seen as a slap on the wrist in the gazillion-dollar world of the NFL.

More funny business with the injury report could get more costly.

According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, any additional violations of the injury report will result in heftier fines, and repeat offenders could also face the loss of draft picks, although NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Florio that scenario is "unlikely."

What seems more likely is that the Ravens will have longer injury reports.

To review, Ed Reed went on a radio show a couple of weeks ago and said he's been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder. That injury never showed up on a Ravens injury report. The next day, Reed downplayed the injury, saying, "I ain't no pitcher. I don't play baseball. So long as I'm not throwing ... it's nothing to worry about."

Coach John Harbaugh said that Reed had never missed a practice or a game because of the injury, so the Ravens saw no need to include him on the injury report.

The league obviously saw otherwise, just as they did with the Bills, who were slapped with a $20,000 fine for failing to list Mario Williams' wrist injury.

Harbaugh pointed out that the Ravens have, at one time or another, "25 or 30 guys that have things like that – things that they can play through that don’t cost them any time, practice-wise or game-wise."

Some teams, the Patriots among them, are frequently ridiculed for issuing lengthy injury reports that seem to include everyone but the parking attendants. Might the Ravens be headed down that path? It seems as if it might be the cheaper way to go.



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


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.