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Knee brace cramps Joe Flacco's style while sliding

Knee brace cramps Joe Flacco's style while sliding

BALTIMORE – Trying to slide smoothly has become difficult for Joe Flacco this season, while wearing a brace to protect his surgically prepared left knee. Earlier this season, Flacco broke the brace while sliding and had to leave the game briefly. Sunday against the Bengals, Flacco’s knee brace caught in the grass again, causing him to slide awkwardly following a 16-yard scramble.

Flacco doesn’t want people to think he doesn’t know how to slide. He played baseball in high school, and could have played baseball in college. But sliding with a brace? Flacco hasn’t mastered that yet, and admitted it was something he needed to think about.

“I’m probably going to have to deal with it for awhile until I can retrain myself to slide on my right side or get on my butt,” Flacco said. “I don’t want to start diving headfirst and doing all that stuff because then you can fumble, and they can hit you and all that stuff. It’s just something that I’m going to have to deal with and get a little better at.”

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph has good-naturedly offered to give Flacco sliding lessons on Twitter.

Reminded of that, Flacco fired back.

“Well, hey, I want to challenge him to slide into second base with a knee brace, and that dirt’s real clumpy, and it gets caught in it,” Flacco said. If I don’t have a knee brace on, I’m not going to be rolling over and making bad slides.”

Even when it comes to sliding, Flacco has pride. However, the brace isn’t cooperating.

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Cyrus Jones looking to seize new opportunity at slot corner

Cyrus Jones looking to seize new opportunity at slot corner

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Cyrus Jones’ old role with the Ravens was as a depth cornerback and return man on special teams. His new role could have much more significance. 

Despite a comfortable win over the Packers last Thursday, the good feelings were quickly dampened by an announcement from coach John Harbaugh that nickel cornerback Tavon Young would likely miss the rest of the season with a neck injury.

Young is still waiting to make a final decision, but with him out of the fold for a significant chunk of time, the race is on to try to replace him in an important role on the Ravens defense.

As of Saturday, one of the favorites to assume that role was Jones. He played 34 defensive snaps against the Packers (57 percent), the highest total on the defense, and is a top option for the Ravens in replacing Young.

“Tavon is a great player, I hate seeing what’s going on with him right now,” Jones said. “I’m praying for him, as all of us are, but it’s up to the next man to step up, whoever that is, and I’m just keeping on trying to come out here and practice hard and get better.”

Young signed a three-year, $25.8 million dollar contract in the offseason. The signing made him the highest-paid nickel cornerback in the league. 

Now, the Ravens will use a host of cornerbacks to assume Young’s role on defense. He had 37 tackles, two sacks and one interception last season. He also recovered three fumbles, two of which went for touchdowns. 

“We’ve got a lot of guys, it will be a little different plan if Tavon’s not there, in terms of playing more guys in the slot than we normally would’ve,” Harbaugh said.

Jones, originally a second-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2016, played 10 games in 2016 before a torn ACL and meniscus ended his 2017 campaign. 

He bounced between New England and Baltimore last season, twice, before settling into his role with the Ravens last year. He played in 13 total games, 11 of which were with Baltimore. 

As for this preseason, he’s registered six total tackles and an interception that went for a touchdown. He saw the majority of his work this preseason, though, against the Packers.

“I think I played hard, I think I played smart,” Jones said. “I got a little fatigued at the end, but overall, I think I’m holding my own out there, flying around and just trying to execute.”

Now, he’ll assuredly be in the mix at cornerback. Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr figure to be the team’s top cornerbacks, but Anthony Averett, Maurice Canady and the return of Iman Marshall could also play a part in how the Ravens fill the role.

Aside from the Young injury news, Harbaugh announced guard Marshal Yanda won’t play in the preseason, but will be ready for the season opener September 8 against the Dolphins. 

First-round pick Marquise Brown is on a much shorter trajectory, however, and could see playing time at the Ravens and Eagles joint practices Monday and Tuesday before the third preseason game of the season. 

That game won’t be a typical third preseason game, though, as Harbaugh told reporters quarterback Lamar Jackson won’t have much different of a workload than he did in the first two preseason games. He played 16 snaps against the Jaguars and 22 against the Packers. 

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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

Whether you're a Ravens fan looking for a couple of drinks pre-game or a bite to eat post-game, it's important to know the local spots around M&T Bank Stadium. 

With the 2019-20 season only weeks away, it's time for a refresher of the best places to go before and after Ravens games. 

In no particular order, consider these: 

The Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St.

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Endless burger options, insane potato fries and extensive beer menu.
  • Watch out for the spicy pickle, it's crazy hot!

Blue Moon Too, 1024 Light Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Best breakfast in Baltimore!
  • Perfect place to fuel up before hitting a Ravens game.

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for its atmosphere before and after Orioles and Ravens games.
  • It's got great specialty sandwiches, burgers and a list of craft brews.

Shakers Fine Spirits & Wine Lounge, 737 Carroll Street

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Perfect for a post-game drink.
  • Quieter ambiance, big list of mixed drinks and wines.

Spoons, 24 E. Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for their eggs and breakfast/brunch.
  • Perfect before a Ravens game.

Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt Street

  • 0.6 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Indoor/outdoor seating with a strong beer selection.
  • Great for before or after a Ravens game.

SoBo Cafe, 6 W. Cross St

  • Famous for neighborhood comfort food like Mac n' Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie.
  • Takes reservations, perfect outing before a Sunday game.

Bookmakers Cocktail Club, 31 East Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • 400 types of whiskey, rye, and bourbon.
  • Old-fashioned ambiance, perfect for a pre-game drink.

Fat Larry's Cheesesteaks and Hoagies, 1026 S. Charles St

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Massive sandwiches to hold you down during Ravens games.
  • Referred to as a "hidden gem" by Baltimore natives.

Sliders Bar and Grill, 504 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Deep-rooted history with the Orioles and Baltimore.
  • Great snackable food for before or after a Ravens game.
  • Down the street from Pickles Pub.

 

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