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Eagles' Darren Sproles concussed, out vs. Ravens after Deshazor Everett hit

Eagles' Darren Sproles concussed, out vs. Ravens after Deshazor Everett hit

Eagles running back Darren Sproles will not play Sunday against the Ravens due to a concussion, coach Doug Pederson announced Friday.

Sproles suffered a concussion in the Eagles’ previous game, when he took a violent hit from Deshazor Everett of the Redskins while Sproles was defenseless trying to field a punt.

Everett was fined a total of $48,000 for two hits in the Eagles’ game, one against Sproles and one against tight end Brent Celek, but many Eagles were upset that Everett was not suspended.

Not having Sproles is another setback for the Eagles (5-8), and gives the Ravens’ defense one less playmaker to worry about. Sproles is a triple threat as a runner (366 yards rushing), receiver (47 catches, 400 yards), and returner.

Without Sproles and running back Wendell Smallwood (injured reserve), Ryan Mathews will be the Eagles’ featured back Sunday. Kenjon Barner will backup Sproles, but the Eagles have struggled to run the football all season.

The Eagles have lost four straight games and are just 1-6 on the road.

However, the Ravens cannot to stumble in their final home game of the season. If the Ravens win their final three games, they will be AFC North champions and begin the playoffs at home. But a loss to the Eagles would be devastating to the Ravens’ playoff hopes.

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Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters backs out of Pro Bowl, replaced by Steelers' Joe Haden

Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters backs out of Pro Bowl, replaced by Steelers' Joe Haden

Marcus Peters was named to his third career Pro Bowl in 2019, but the Ravens cornerback has decided to back out of the NFL's All-Star game.

Pittsburgh cornerback Joe Haden will be headed to Orlando in Peters' place, the Steelers announced on Wednesday.

Peters will not participate in the Pro Bowl due to injury, according to the Steelers' release. The terms of his injury have not been disclosed, but Peters did not miss a game for the Ravens since coming over in an October trade.

Upon his arrival in the Charm City, the cornerback made a huge impact in Baltimore. Peters was named to the NFL's All-Pro team, recording three interceptions and two touchdowns in 10 games with the Ravens. The 26-year-old corner re-signed with Baltimore for three years this past December.

But after Baltimore's season came to an unexpectedly early end this past Saturday against Tennessee, the cornerback has chosen not to participate in a relatively meaningless game. It's worth noting that Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and his staff will be coaching the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

Baltimore had an NFL-high 12 players selected to the Pro Bowl this season, but at least one of them won't be in Orlando in two weeks.

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John Harbaugh, Ravens staff to coach AFC in 2020 Pro Bowl

John Harbaugh, Ravens staff to coach AFC in 2020 Pro Bowl

In addition to the 12 Pro Bowl selections for the Ravens, there will be some familiar faces in Orlando next weekend. 

Coach John Harbaugh and the rest of the Ravens' staff will head to Florida to coach the AFC in the Pro Bowl, the team announced Wednesday. They’re awarded the chance by virtue of having the AFC's best record no longer in the playoffs. 

The NFC team will be coached by Sean Payton and the rest of the Saints staff after they finished the regular season 13-3 but were eliminated by the Vikings in the Wild-Card round. 

The Ravens' coaching staff has previously coached the Pro Bowl, once in 2014, and will have the opportunity to coach an NFL-best 12 Ravens during the game.

It still remains to be seen who will play in the Pro Bowl for the Ravens, but Mark Andrews has confirmed he would play. Lamar Jackson was non-committal on Saturday immediately after the loss to the Titans.

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