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What will Ravens do at left tackle?


What will Ravens do at left tackle?

Heres some interesting questions about Bryant McKinnie and his apparent return to the team that could be coming as early as Monday.
What will the Ravens do? Will they put him back at left tackle or is the job going to Michael Oher, whom the Ravens said they were moving there to take McKinnie's spot when the veteran didn't show at last week's start of camp?
Or, how much is there behind the scenes to the injuries that McKinnie is telling some media outlets hes got?
Sounds like As The Left Tackle Turns.
This can be a tricky situation for the Ravens. Coach John Harbaugh and the team pushed McKinnie hard on conditioning and everything seemed on course before all of this broke at the start of camp last week. When camp began, there was no McKinnie.
The Ravens didnt want to talk about the situation just then, but McKinnie is now telling places like the Carroll County Times that he hurt his lower back falling at home. He said he's planning to report and try to work the situation out, saying he could be on the field soon.
The question now is how long it would take him to get ready to play and practice. And then what would the Ravens want to do at that point?
They could hand him the starting left tackle job again and say that all is well. Or, they could do something a little different and make him earn the spot back. If so, that would create some of the position battles that Harbaugh and the staff seem to enjoy.
One thing that no ones really thought much about is this what happens if Oher is really ready to play at left tackle? He came into the NFL at that position before the Ravens moved him to right tackle last year. Hes in his fourth year, a more experienced guy now, and it just might be the time to shift Oher back to the left.
They could put Bobbie Williams at left guard with Marshal Yanda at right guard. Matt Birk starts at center with rookie Kelechi Osemele starting at right tackle. Thats where the team appeared to be at this week before McKinnie was suddenly heard from over the weekend.
Nobody knows exactly when McKinnies coming in or what will take place from there. It sure makes for good football dramastay tuned.

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Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline


Steelers players plunder Le'Veon Bell's locker a day after missed deadline

Le'Veon Bell decided not to return to the Steelers this season, and his former teammates have apparently decided they can have his belongings. 

The All-Pro running back didn't sign his $14.5 million franchise tag by Tuesday's deadline, and thus is ineligible to play this season.

Steelers player were seen plundering his locker Wednesday in front of reporters. Defensive end Bud Dupree went right for Bell's cleats, thanking him for the Jordan brand shoes and saying he wishes Bell success.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters he sent Bell his well-wishes, but got no response from his former backfield mate. 

It's unclear what Bell plans to do next, but it's crystal clear the Steelers have moved on, with his shoes in tow. 


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Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III prepared to start if hip injury sidelines Joe Flacco


Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III prepared to start if hip injury sidelines Joe Flacco

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has had his fair share of life changing moments. 

Winning the Heisman Trophy in 2016, being drafted by the Ravens in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and come Sunday, possibly his first NFL start.

With Joe Flacco nursing a hip injury suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 9, the 21-year-old could be leading the Ravens for a full 60 minutes against division rival Cincinnati Bengals in what could be a defining moment of their season.

"I'm just going into it like any other week," Jackson said Wednesday. "Just preparing for whatever."

While Jackson has appeared in all nine games going 7-for-12 for 87 passing yards and one touchdown, he is the only first-round quarterback out of the 2018 draft that has yet to start this season. 

When asked how he would feel if his name is called Sunday, Jackson said he would have butterflies at first but added once the ball is snapped, "it's on."

Through the Ravens' first half of the season, how and when Jackson is utilized at either quarterback or receiver, has lacked consistency. Add in the lack of highlight reel passes from him and many are concerned he's not ready for an NFL start. 

The fast style of NFL play compared to that of college football was something Jackson admittedly struggled with throughout the preseason. But with nine regular season games under his belt, Jackson feels that is the area where he's taken the biggest strides. 

"Calling the plays," Jackson said. "Before I'd have to ask coach a hundred times, 'say it again, say it again,' but now he says it one time to me. Don't get me wrong, sometimes if [the call] is long or whatever I have to ask [coach to] say it again, but other than that I'm getting better with that."

Head coach John Harbaugh offered no insight on who would be their starting quarterback on Sunday and it can be expected he'll keep hush up until the last moment. Flacco was not on the practice field during media availability Wednesday, either. 

But let's not forget the other veteran quarterback on their roster; Robert Griffin III

For the first time since 2009, the Ravens decided to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster for this very reason.

After sitting out of football for a year, RGIII was given a second chance in Baltimore, but has been a gameday inactive since the start of the season. If the week progresses and neither Flacco or Jackson seem ready, it could be the comeback of the once Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

"That's my job. That's why they brought me here," Griffin III said Wednesday on if he feels prepared to possibly start. "They brought me here to be a pro. They brought me here to help this team if need be. I try to help the defense every week on scout team and then do those [reps], and if my number's called I'll be able to go out there and lead this team."

Both RGIII and Jackson said that it would be "awesome" if they were named the starting QB on Sunday, but that no matter who it ends up being they're all here for one another.

"I'm going to continue to help [Lamar] just like I have all season because we're about the Ravens here," Griffin III said. "It's not about individuals. We've got a pretty daunting task ahead with this Bengals team and then just with the rest of our schedule, so we've got to make sure we make the most of every opportunity."